Healthy Digestion

Digestion_diagram.jpgYour digestive system is one of the most important systems in your entire body.  The old saying goes “You are what you eat”. Naturopathic doctors take it one step further and recognize that “You are what you absorb“.  

Healthy digestion is key to overall health, vitality and the proper functioning of every aspect of the body.  Your body needs to properly digest and absorb nutrients and efficiently eliminate waste products in order to achieve and maintain optimal health. It is not enough to eat a “clean diet”. It is important for each person to figure out what an “ideal diet” is for them, based on their specific health needs, food sensitivities, lifestyle and age. 

Signs of Dietary and Digestive Concerns

leaf.jpg digestive discomfort     

leaf.jpg decrease in energy, fatigue

leaf.jpg diarrhea or constipation

leaf.jpg indigestion, gas or bloating

leaf.jpg headaches or migraines

leaf.jpg eczema or psoriasis

leaf.jpg sinus congestion 

leaf.jpg allergies

leaf.jpg insomnia

leaf.jpg weight gain or loss

leaf.jpg joint pain, arthritis

leaf.jpg mental-emotional concerns, cognitive issues

Digestive Conditions Treated at Naturopathic Foundations Health Clinic

leaf.jpg Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)                     Ÿ  

leaf.jpg Celiac disease, gluten-intolerance

leaf.jpg Inflammatory bowel diseases such as Diverticulitis or DiverticulosisCrohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis

leaf.jpg Auto-immune diseases

leaf.jpg Intestinal dysbiosis (gut microflora imbalances)  Ÿ

leaf.jpg Candida or yeast infections

leaf.jpg  Food allergies, sensitivities or intolerances

leaf.jpg  Leaky gut syndrome

leaf.jpg Ulcers     

leaf.jpg  Heartburn, GERD or acid reflux

leaf.jpg Diabetes          

leaf.jpg  High Cholesterol and Hypertension

leaf.jpg Pancreatic enzyme insufficiency    

leaf.jpg Gallstones

leaf.jpg Fatty liver or liver congestion                      

Factors that affect the function of the digestive system include:

leaf.jpg Food sensitivities. There is a difference between a “good food” and a food that is “good” for you. Eating foods that are difficult to digest is irritating to the lining of your digestive tract and results in inflammation and decreased nutrient absorption.

leaf.jpg Food quality. Genetically modified foods, toxins on food, foods additives and preservatives impact the quality of the food and the overall health benefits and nutrients that the food contains.

leaf.jpg Unresolved gastric infections. Many people under-estimate the healing time that the digestive system requires after an infection or food poisoning. Learning the art of giving the digestive system a break can speed recovery and ensure digestive health.

leaf.jpg Improper gut flora. Overuse of antibiotics and poor diet disrupts the levels of healthy bacteria in your digestive tract.

leaf.jpg Mental/emotional stress. Stress and anxiety impact the body’s ability to digest food. Proper digestion requires time and is done best when the body is relaxed.

leaf.jpg Medication side-effects. Use of certain drugs such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) and ant-acids commonly have side-effects in the digestive tract.

Testing for Digestive Problems

leaf.jpg IgE food allergy testing

leaf.jpg IgG/IgA food sensitivity testing

leaf.jpg Comprehensive stool analysis

leaf.jpg Candida antigen testing

leaf.jpg Celica panels

leaf.jpg H. pylori testing

leaf.jpg Metabolic testing

leaf.jpg Hair and urine analysis of nutritional status

leaf.jpg Metabolic testing for diabetes, thyroid concerns and other conditions

All naturopathic doctors focus on digestive conditions.  If you would like to book an appointment, please contact us at 905-940-2727 or request a free consultation.