Natural Digestion Support

There are few things we do more than eat. Consuming food and incorporating nutrients into our bodies are very important to our health. Without proper digestive function, any foods or supplements we are taking in aren't being used to their full potential.

 

Along with consumption of the typical Western diet of highly processed, sugary foods and an abundance of fast food, there has been a rise in digestion-related conditions. The foods that make up the typical Western diet damage the digestive tract and prevent it from functioning properly. Our society also places a huge emphasis on being busy all the time. High stress is normal and even desired in our world. When we are in this high stress state, we can't digest foods properly and obtain the nutrients we require.

There are many symptoms that point to issues with digestion. While these symptoms usually aren't life threatening or debilitating, they are inconvenient and may get in the way of enjoying your life to it's fullest. Having to run to the bathroom or avoid specific foods may prevent you from enjoying a meal out with friends or family. You may not know why you're experiencing symptoms and may be frustrated with trying to figure out what's causing them. You may be following a new diet or avoiding a new food regularly to get to the bottom of it. Eating may become a negative experience for you, rather than an enjoyable one. 

There are many different conditions involving impaired digestion. Examples of these include food intolerances, Celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease (also known as GERD), H. pylori infection and ulcers, gallbladder disease and gallstones, hemorrhoids, and the list goes on. If you suffer from one of these conditions, you don't have to suffer forever. 

Common Signs & Symptoms of Digestive Conditions

  • Fatigue

  • Bloating

  • Diarrhea

  • Constipation

  • Belching or frequent burping

  • Heartburn or burning in the stomach

  • Gas

  • Abdominal pain 

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Mucus, blood, or undigested food in your stool

  • Pain or discomfort with passing stool

Naturopathic Treatment for Digestive Concerns

There are a huge number of Naturopathic treatments available for all kinds of digestive conditions. Identifying which specific condition you have is the initial goal and will direct treatment. Once a diagnosis is established, treatment begins with diet and lifestyle counselling, since this will provide you with long-term relief and prevent symptoms in the future. Dietary counselling often involves identification of food intolerances, avoidance of foods that trigger symptoms, and incorporation of healthy foods to ensure you are taking in adequate nutrients from foods. Stress management is an important component of lifestyle counselling. Stress has detrimental effects on digestion and learning to manage stress will help to improve digestion, as well as other aspects of your health.

 

Further treatment options could include herbs to stimulate the digestive system to produce appropriate amounts of stomach acid and digestive enzymes, supplements to help heal a damaged digestive tract and aid in digestion, traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture to relieve symptoms and achieve energetic balance, as well as the use of topical therapies to the abdomen to relieve inflammation and promote healing. If your digestive condition has an autoimmune cause, different therapies may be used to help calm the immune system and prevent damage to the digestive tract. There are a number of herbal treatments, supplements, and dietary considerations to address this. Treatments are selected for each individual based on efficacy, patient preference, and safety. 

Dr. Melyssa Hoitink, ND

The Lakeside Clinic

Phone: (705) 726-0923

Email: info@thelakesideclinic.com

Location:

570 Bryne Dr., Unit F

Barrie, Ontario, Canada

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