What goes in must come out, right? Well, the only thing our body gets from us is what we put in it…liquids, solids, air…all of it. Our digestive tract is what processes everything that comes in via our mouth. Digestion starts in the mouth with chewing and swallowing and then continues down the tubes to the stomach, then small intestine, then large intestine, then toilet. Lots of other organs contribute along the way too, the gallbladder and the pancreas are the biggest players. Then once the nutrients get absorbed other organs are responsible for them, namely, the liver and blood stream.
A lot of people are malnourished but fat. Weird but true..we eat food that doesn’t have nutrient value for the body and it just gets stored as fat. Part of my job is to help people digest their GOOD quality food better, getting more nutrients from that food, and then in the end, heal their body and promote health. Some folks have problems with different sections of the GI tract and I address those both seperately and as part of the whole system.
Over 80% of the patients I see report frequent bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation or difficulty with digestion. These are signs of dysbiosis, or poor digestive function, that can lead over time to multiple negative effects:
- Poor absorption of nutrients, which affects overall natural body function and health. In many cases your weight may increase at the same time you are starving your body of the nutrition it needs.
- Compromised immune function, chronic infection and triggering of autoimmune diseases
- Food sensitivities or food allergies
- Progressive deterioration of the intestinal wall, leading to such problems as leaky gut syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), diverticulitis, Crohn’s disease, and others, that together affect millions of Americans.
- Systemic inflammation, which contributes to heart disease, arthritis, joint pain and muscle stiffness, skin disorders such as dry skin, adult acne, rosacea and psoriasis, and more.
Treatment of Digestive Disorders
Treatment of these problems are multi-faceted
- First and foremost, fixing the food/liquid that is put into the body is crucial. Garbage in garbage out. Clean, whole food and clean water.
- Determine food sensitives and allergies. I do blood testing for this, heart rate variability testing, and elimination diets to clean up possible irritators.
- Heal the gut. Once the irritating foods have been removed, then we can start to heal the gut with micronutrients. Glutamine, butyric acid, herbs, and probiotics are examples of treatments.
- Watch the body and health completely transform once the GI tract is healthy and functioning optimally.