DIGESTIVE ISSUES

Struggling with digestive issues? You’re not alone. Many of us, if not all, battle some sort of digestive issue at some point in our lives.

Some of the more common digestive disorders seen range between mild to severe, or even life threatening, and include:

  • Bloating and gas

  • Constipation

  • Diarrhea

  • Crohn’s disease

  • Ulcerative colitis

  • Dysbiosis and SIBO

  • Celiac disease

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD

  • H. pylori infections

Part of the issue with digestive tract compromise is that it leads to difficulty breaking down and absorbing micro and macronutrients needed for tissue repair, energy production, and overall organ systems function. As a result, healing the gut very often helps to resolve other health concerns like frequent infections, skin conditions, aches and pains, fatigue and anxiety when related to nutrient depletion.

 

KNOWING WHAT YOU’RE GUT NEEDS

When working with you on your digestion an understanding of what healthy gastrointestinal function looks like is fundamental to determining the root of your ailment. There are several key steps that take place during normal digestion, which are generally as follows:

  1. The chewing and grinding of food along with the release of the salivary enzyme, amylase.

  2. The production of stomach acid and gastric enzymes.

  3. The emptying of stomach contents in the first section of the small intestines, the duodenum.

  4. The release of pancreatic enzymes (primarily amylase, lipase, proteases including elastase), bicarbonate from the pancreas, and bile from the gallbladder.

  5. Contact with brush border enzymes in the small intestine (enzymes throughout the lining of the intestines) that complete the breakdown of food to prepare for absorption, mainly in the jejunum and ileum of the small intestine.

  6. Peristalsis to propel broken down food through the small intestine towards the large intestine.

  7. The absorption of water and salts by the large intestine.

  8. The removal of wastes, debris and bacteria by the rectum.

Your symptoms are your body's way of telling you something is out of balance. Like a detective we can determine the root cause, which may be more than one, by putting the array of signs and symptoms you're experiencing together. 

All of the above steps depend on a balanced interplay between several influencers:

  • Hormones

  • Nervous system

  • Immune system

  • The microflora (think probiotics)

  • Food composition itself

  • Nutritional deficiencies

  • Stress

  • Medications and supplements

Knowing what’s going on in your body is half the battle. After a complete assessment where all factors are considered, a targeted approach working with you’re body’s needs can help.

To find out more about how naturopathic medicine

can help you, contact Dr. J today.