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General Digestive Health

Nutrients from our food are absorbed by our bodies through the digestive tract. When this process is disturbed, our bodies respond—sometimes with digestive symptoms like diarrhea, constipation, vomiting or nausea, but sometimes symptoms go beyond the gut. When digestion is out of whack frequently, the whole body, and life, can be affected. Extreme tiredness, sluggishness, fever and chills, depression and anxiety, relationship problems, and an unsatisfying work life have all been linked to poor digestive health.

All disease begins in the gut.

– Hippocrates

Conditions

Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD)
IBD basically refers to any condition in which the gut tissue is chronically inflamed. With IBD, symptoms often include severe diarrhea, pain, fatigue and weight loss. Weirdly, the exact cause of IBD is unknown. Thankfully though, we do have a good understanding of what aggravates symptoms, so with some food and lifestyle tweaks, people find they can really keep their IBD in check.

Celiac Disease
You hear a lot about gluten these days. It’s a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Celiac disease is basically an extreme reaction to gluten. When someone has Celiac, eating gluten triggers an immune system response that wreaks havoc on the digestive system, really interfering with nutrient absorption. In addition to awful symptoms like persistent diarrhea, pain, mouth sores and heartburn, Celiac can lead to iron deficiency, skin disorders, and severe malnutrition, which can be life threatening. The only way to manage Celiac disease is to stick to a lifelong gluten-free diet.

Crohn’s Disease
This is one type of IBD. Crohn’s can be excruciatingly painful and have potentially life-threatening complications. With Crohn’s, the inflammation can spread really deep into intestinal tissue, causing major issues like bowel blockage from scar tissue, malnutrition from poor nutrient absorption, and debilitating pain and diarrhea. The precise causes of Crohn’s are unknown, and there is no official cure, BUT medication and nutrition therapy can be very effective in achieving remission and keeping symptoms to a minimum.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
IBS is another condition you hear a lot about these days. It’s becoming more and more commonly diagnosed. One reason may be that IBS is related to an improper balance of good/bad bacteria in the gut which is caused by poor diets, stress, medications and modern lifestyle factors. There are other causes of IBS, and symptoms vary from person to person, but most with IBS have some combination of the following: diarrhea, constipation, pain, severe gas, vomiting. The good news is, with some food and lifestyle tweaks, IBS can be very well-controlled.

Ulcerative Colitis (UC)
This is a form of IBD that usually comes on over time and involves ulcers and severe inflammation of the GI tract. UC can be incredibly painful and disrupt life because of extreme and unpredictable symptoms. There’s no definitive cause or cure, but some medications and nutrition therapies have been shown to significantly help people with UC get relief and even achieve long-term remission.

GERD (Acid Reflux)
GERD stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease. It’s when stomach acid backs up into the esophagus, that tube that connects the stomach to the throat. Symptoms include heartburn, pain in the chest area, a feeling like there’s a knot in the throat, and food or liquid coming back up. If it’s really severe and frequent, GERD can cause major damage which increases risk of esophageal cancer.