Natural Solutions To Digestive Disorders
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome is the most commonly diagnosed digestive disorder in the US. Up to 20% of Americans suffer from IBS. Generalized abdominal pain, bloating and discomfort can alter your quality of life significantly. While much of the world does well on a fiber supplement and some probiotics, natural IBS treatment can get much more complex and the majority of patients that enter the office suffer immensely. IBS at its beginning is just a mild symptom but left out of control for months to years and IBS can be debilitating.
Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune GI disorder, diagnosed in the realm of Irritable Bowel Disease. While irritable bowel syndrome has few clinical markers of inflammation on an endoscopy or colonoscopy, Crohn’s disease has both visible and lab testable findings. Because it is an autoimmune condition, treating underlying infection and avoiding specific food exposures is critical to putting Crohn’s disease into a state of remission.
UC is a dangerous diagnosis where many patients end up undergoing surgery. It is an autoimmune condition that must be treated as such. This can often be prevented by finding the root cause, modifying diet and optimizing nutrition. With all bloody stool it is important to rule out parasitic and bacterial infection. Antacids, deodorants, pots/pans, etc can often contribute aluminum which can exacerbate the symptoms of UC. There are countless associated conditions such as GERD, colitis, constipation, etc. Natural treatment of ulcerative colitis can be very effective but should be closely monitored by your physician. A doctor skilled in BOTH autoimmune conditions and gastrointestinal conditions is critical to get optimal results.
Treating reflux almost always starts with eliminating grains form the diet. From there, we need to assess some of the musculature of the stomach and surrounding areas to make sure that they are functioning properly. Hiatal hernias often develop from underlying stomach dysfunction and stealth infection in the small intestine.
Celiac Disease (and other food allergies)
Food intolerances, food sensitivities and allergies are at an all time high. We used to be able to eat whatever we wanted without concern for repercussions. Now patients are experiencing bloat, discomfort, etc. from nearly every food from garlic and onions to fruits and salads. If you experience severe food intolerance, then you need to take action to not only restore lost vitamins nutrients, but to restore the gut to its optimal form in order to absorb nutrients in the future.
Gall stones are very common in patients with thickening bile. The bile is produced in the liver form toxins, cholesterol and bilirubin and then is concentrated in the gallbladder. In today’s world of constant bombardment with environmental toxins from makeup to cleaning products, our liver and gallbladder have more work to do than ever before. Proper treatment of the liver and gallbladder with natural methods can prevent future gallbladder surgery and lifelong digestive disorders. The bile detoxifies hormones, toxic metals and other toxins.
Bile Acid Diarrhea (aka green poop)