Take the natural path for digestive care

Our digestive system is a highly responsive environment that reacts to many external and internal stimuli. The gut reacts to our emotional state,  the type of foods we eat, what time we eat these foods and the quantity we consume. It responds to the physical exertions we put our bodies through and the type of medications we consume and the alcohol we drink. Day in day out, our digestive system is challanged with our daily living. It is therefore vital that we listen and trust our gut and look after it. Below is a list of factors that adversely influence digestion.

  • Poor dietary choices  

  • Stress

  • Depression, Anxiety

  • Excessive exercise

  • Overweight and obesity

  • Alcohol consumption 

  • SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth)

  • Dysbiosis (imbalance or a deficiency of bowel flora)

  • Frequent or chronic diarrhoea or constipation

  • Environmental toxins 

  • Frequent use of pharmaceutical drugs

 

Why the gut complains

When the digestive system is not coping with our lifestyle or diet, it  complains with symptoms. Infrequent symptoms such as indigestion, bloating, heartburn, reflux, diarrhoea or constipation, symptoms that we mostly ignore or forget. Yet, these are symptoms of an underlying imbalance of the digestive environment that tend to worsen over time. 

Other indications of digestive disorder include lack of appetite; food allergies or food intolerances and avoidance of certain foods because they lead to indigestion or nausea. 

Many of us depend on pharmaceutical drugs to reduce or avoid recurrent digestive symptoms. The most frequently used drugs include antacids, proton pump inhibitors and H2-receptor antagonists to reduce stomach acid.

Around 29% of the western population are on proton pump inhibitors (Nexium, Zoton, Losec, Somac or Pariet) for Acid reflux or Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), and approximately 30% for Heartburn.  

Antacids including Mylanta, Tagamet, Maalox and Pepcid are regularly used for Heartburn and dyspepsia.

Regular use of stomach acid lowering medication will interfere with assimilation and absorption of foods, which in long-term can have adverse effects on bowel flora (dysbiosis) and nutrient availability to the rest of the body.

 

 

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Poor digestion leads to poor health

Working in a clinical environment for the last 14 years as a Naturopath and Clinical Nutritionist I have seen firsthand how poor digestion predisposes the body to disease. 

All disease begins in the gut
— Hippocrates

When poor digestion persists, it can express disease in other parts of the body. These expressions are highly individualised, as each one of us will have an inherent weakness somewhere in the body that is unique to our genetic trait and environmental setting. An inherent weakness is a susceptibility or sensitivity within a  body system that expresses as a recurring disorder. For some, this will be the respiratory system with seasonal symptoms of Hay fever or sinus infections, allergic rhinitis and nasal polyps. For others, it would be bronchial infections and asthma.

Below is a list of some of the more common disorders:

Respiratory system - Hay fever or sinus infections, allergic rhinitis, nasal polyps, bronchial infections and asthma.

Skin problems - rashes and acne, Dermatitis, Psoriasis, frequent itchy, red or flaky skin, Rosacea (inflamed capillaries causing facial redness), Excess flushing of the face and sweating.

Cardiovascular - high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, heart failure and kidney disease

Nervous – anxiety, depression, autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Urinary – urinary tract infection, Interstitial cystitis, kidney infection

Metabolic - difficulty in shifting excess weight, overweight and obesity, Diabetes, fatigue and lethargy, headaches or migraines.