Here are a few frequently asked questions from our clients...
What is healthy digestion?
I always say that digestion is not something you should be feeling very much at all. You should not be gassy, bloating, experiencing heartburn or nausea, and not be constipated or having diarrhea. In fact, you should be having 1-3 bowel movements daily that are easily passed, without cramping, and the stools should be formed, but not too hard or loose. You should not really notice your gut after eating.
What are the signs of unhealthy digestion?
Excess gas, bloating, heartburn or reflux, stomach aches and cramping, constipation, straining too much, hard stools, nausea, diarrhea, frequent stools, urgent or uncontrollable stools, excess belching, changes in appetite for no apparent reason, and excess gut sounds like gurgling.
What causes unhealthy digestion?
Many things can upset digestive balance and create digestive problems. The causes of these problems are very unique to you, individually. Causes of digestive upset can include: infections, eating too fast, eating too much, eating under stress, eating excess junk food, certain medications like antibiotics, lack of enough beneficial bacteria – probiotics, food allergies, emotional/physical trauma and stress, being sedentary, other diseases, inflammation, toxicity, enzyme insufficiency, and nutrient deficiencies like zinc.
How do I improve digestive health and get a healthy gut?
First, you need to have your lifestyle choices evaluated to see what habits might be contributing to an unhealthy gut. Are you eating too much sugar and processed food? Eating under duress? Not eating enough organic produce? Have you had recent infections? And many other questions that could be relevant for you. Secondly, I recommend that you have Functional Medicine testing to determine underlying imbalances in your gut. This could include food allergy testing, stool testing , SIBO testing, and testing for leaky gut syndrome. Once these habits and tests are reviewed, you then need an integrated plan that includes eating right – and possibly therapeutically for a while, taking the right dietary supplements, reducing stress, and exercising.
How can I get a healthy gut?
A healthy gut is created ; By practicing healthy eating on a daily basis which should include primarily organic food, fermented foods, a high vegetable and fruit intake, staying hydrated, avoiding processed foods and drinks, and determining your personal amount of food that is ideal for you, you will be able to create healthy digestion. You may need to take supplements like specific probiotics, digestive enzymes, gut repair nutrients like zinc, and herbs that reduce inflammation. A personalized plan is the key.
Should I take a probiotic every day?
Most people need to be taking a probiotic supplement every day. Our gut has over 100 trillion bacteria in it, and it has to remain balanced and have a wide diversity for both our gut health and our overall health. When you take medications like antibiotics it kills down your beneficial bacteria and this can dramatically affect gut health, as well as overall health in general. A Functional Medicine stool test can actually tell us if you have enough good bacteria in your gut. Depending on your conditions and what the testing reveals, you will need a specific probiotic blend that is targeted for you, personally. There are therapeutic probiotics for specific conditions and there are probiotics for daily maintenance.
I have GERD/heartburn, what can I do, naturally?
Some important stating points for reducing GERD can be found in my free report called 7 Simple Steps to Overcoming the Painful Misery of Gas, Bloating and other Digestive Problems. Important points to start right away: Eat slowly, chew thoroughly, and eat small amounts of food at any one time. Reduce or eliminate coffee, alcohol, sugar, acidic foods like citrus and tomatoes, fried fat, and flour. Do not eat past 7 pm, and don’t lay down within and hour or two of eating.
Are there supplements I can take for GERD?
Yes. This should only be done with expert supervision with a Functional medicine practitioner.
This may include herbal remedies, zinc carnosine, digestive enzymes, DGL licorice, aloe vera, and other professional -grade remedies.
What causes my gas, bloating, and IBS?
The top reasons for regular excess gas and bloating are: 1. Bacterial changes in the gut; this can be a condition called SIBO in the upper gut, or general dysbiosis in the lower intestine. There is a breathe test and stool testing that can determine these conditions. 2. Digestive enzyme insufficiency. This is a lack of digestive enzymes, so you don’t fully break down food, therefore it can more easily ferment or putrefy leading to gas formation. 3. Food allergies. There are accurate food allergy blood tests available to determine food sensitivities. 4. Gut inflammation can be a factor. 5. Infections- overgrowth of bad bacteria, yeast, or parasites in the gut. Stool testing can determine this. 6. Stress. Mental and emotional stress can play into IBS symptoms.
Can gut problems affect my mood?
Absolutely. There is a lot of research about imbalanced gut bacteria affecting levels of neurotransmitters in your body. In fact, 90% of serotonin is produced in your gut, which you need to prevent depression and to be able to adapt to stress in an effective way. Proper gut bacterial balance is critical to overall mood.
What is leaky gut?
A leaky gut is when the lining of the intestine becomes too permeable to large, undigested molecules, toxins, and infective material. The gut lining can be thinned out and become leaky from many causes. This includes drugs like anti-inflammatories, steroids, anti-biotics, food allergies, stress, infections, and numerous others. Leaky gut syndrome has been linked with many chronic illnesses, including auto-immune disease.
How do I heal a leaky gut?
A synergistic program of right diet, food that contribute to healing the gut like bone broth, herbs like aloe vera, DGL licorice, and slippery elm bark, and using an amino acid called glutamine. You also have to get rid of toxic infections, re-balance the gut flora, take out food allergies, and learn to deeply relax.
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