Your digestive system is one of the most important systems in the whole body. It is responsible for digestion, absorption and assimilation of nutrients and the elimination of wastes. Proper gut function is key to achieving optimal health.
Signs that your gut may not be functioning optimally include: Constipation, diarrhoea, IBS, cramping, bloating, flatulence, burping, heartburn & reflux, nausea after eating, ulcers, food allergies.
Poor digestion can contribute to a range of conditions including: Skin disorders (acne, psoriasis, dermatitis), allergies, headaches & migraines, fatigue and lethargy, weight gain or loss, joint pain, arthritis, mental-emotional fogginess, low mood and insomnia.
There are generally two common issues contributing to chronic digestive problems: One is food allergies or intolerance (most commonly to gluten, dairy and eggs); the other is gastrointestinal infections and/or overgrowth of bad bacteria, yeasts or parasites.
Consuming foods to which you are sensitive damages the delicate lining of your gut leading to inflammation. When this lining becomes damaged, food particles can leak through into the bloodstream and become tagged by the body as antigens leading the body to mount an immune response. This is referred to as ‘leaky gut syndrome’ and is a condition that creates inflammation and leads to the development of food intolerances and sensitivities. Left untreated leaky gut has the potential to put your immune system into overdrive and in heightened cases can lead to auto-immune disease.
Emma will assist you in identifying the underlying cause of your digestive issues and create a unique treatment plan for you including dietary advice and supplementation. In some cases, pathology may be required and Emma will arrange for Allergy Panels or a Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis in order to achieve a definitive diagnosis.