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digestive health

Our digestive system could easily be described as the hub of our body.  It is responsible for all breakdown and assimilation of food and nutrients, as well as a key component in our immunity, the production of some vitamins and a major pathway for detoxification.  The old addage “You are What you Eat” is correct on so many levels.

When our digestion becomes impaired or neglected, a variety of imbalances can arise which in turn can have several avenues of impact on the body- some of which can be serious long term ones.

Reflux, Heartburn & Indigestion

Are all symptoms of maldigestion, or quite possibly a food intolerance or allergy.  Reflux and Colic in babies is NOT normal, and can the first sign that babie’s digestion needs a bit of help before it becomes a permanent fixture of their new little life.  If you or your child has one of these symptoms on a regular basis it is recommended that you seek advice and further information.

 

Constipation and/or Diarrhoea

Once again these two are symptoms of something more going on inside the digestive tract and NOT just things that should be accepted as part of everyday life.  Long term diarrhoea or constipation can be an indication that your intestinal flora (the good bacteria) are out of balance, which in turn can lead to an impaired immune system, autotoxicity, depression, weight gain, and malnutrition due to your body’s inability to absorb essential nutrients effectively.

Mood / Behavioral Disorders

Yes, thats right!  With around 70-80% of the hormone Serotonin being produced in your gut, the state of your digestive tract is imperative to your mental health and happiness.  On another level, your intestines are also the site of absorption of the majority of the minerals and vitamins that you extract from food, if this mechanism is impaired you simply wont have the ability to obtain quality nutrients and energy from the things you eat.  One of the major components of our programs for treating children/adults who fall within the ‘behavioral spectrum’ is the cleansing and detoxification of the various organs associated with digestion.  Literally, we often find that people who fall under this large umbrella of diagnosis have impaired immunity, malabsorption and maldigestion, and also quite often infections of various kinds which all have their roles to play and add up to the behavioral symptoms that are expressed on the outside.

Candida Infection

Candida albicans is a pathogenic yeast which resides in the intestinal tract. It has the ability to change form and ‘grow roots’ into the intestinal wall, effectively becoming fungal in form and also resistant to antibiotics.  Any outward symtoms of a candida or ‘thrush’ infection is a sign that you have an extensive overgrowth internally, and topical treatments will NOT fix the problem.  Effective and long term treatment of this condition is complex, with specific dietary and immune enhancing interventions needing to be employed. Common symptoms of a Candida infection include Irritable Bowel Sydrome, bloating, sugar and starch cravings, mold allergies, skin conditions, recurring infections (including mouth ulcers), and mood swings. There are many more issues which an infection of this kind can generate, and it is possible for an overgrowth to be misdiagnosed as other health complaints as it can often mimmick them symptomatically.  If you suspect you are suffering from an imbalance in your intestinal flora it is best to seek help from a trained health practitioner.

There are many more health complaints that can be traced back to the health of parts of your digestive tract including your intestinal health, liver, pancreas, stomach, and mouth.  An important step in maintaining optimum energy and vitality is the cleansing of your digestive system and reinnoculation/restoration of the microbial balance that governs your immunity.  Here at the clinic we specialize in Digestive Health and all of our programs are individually tailored to suit the requirements of our clients.

For further information or to book an appointment to discuss this further, please email us at info@naturalbodylab.com.au