Stomach pain is the worst! If you have ever been there lying on the couch with a hot pack resting on your stomach, or running to the toilet, you get how uncomfortable it can be! There are so many different things that can cause painful and debilitating tummy troubles so the first step is to figure out what is causing all the trouble!
As symptoms can present much the same with a few subtle differences, your Clinical Nutritionist is the perfect person to help identify the cause.
Your gut is the home of your immune system and is responsible for the absorption of nutrients.
If symptoms are masked before getting to the bottom of what’s causing them, it can lead to more serious conditions and nutrient deficiencies, which we really don’t need. So it is important to work out what is going on!
Possible causes of gut issues
- Crohns Disease
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Ulcerative colitis
- Food intolerance or sensitivity
- Low enzymes
- Stress or anxiety
- Reproductive conditions
- Gut parasites
- Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
Gut conditions can not only make your gastrointestinal tract suffer, but other areas in your body. You may find your mood has changed, you are more fatigued, or you have increasing skin issues. Our gut health has an affect on every system in our bodies so you may have seaming unrelated symptoms that could be a key indicator to what is causing your gut issues.
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It is a good idea to have tests done to rule out or confirm findings. Depending on what the results come back as we will either start by Ridding, Repairing, or Restoring or a combination of all 3.
If tests come back indicating you have a gut parasite there are plenty of nutrition options for eliminating them from your body. Treatment with antibiotics is hard on the gut and often ineffective as the pathology indicates. You could also have an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in which case you will need to rid or reduce your guts bad bacteria and restore the good at the same time.
- Identify and eliminate any foods you may have an intolerance to
- Increase raw garlic, oregano, and a range of herbs in your diet
- Supplements can help also
Retesting is important when it comes to parasites, whichever treatment option you choose as they can be quite hard to get rid of. In order to start healing the gut, we need to know that the parasite has been eliminated.
Parasites and overgrowth of bad bacteria can also damage and inflame the gut lining. This can go on to cause more long term health concerns, which we don’t want! Damage and inflammation can also be caused by eating foods you are intolerant to, if your gut is sluggish due to stress or low enzymes and stomach acid. Inflammation can also be caused by flare ups of conditions, including diverticulitis, crohns and ulcerative colitis, where more permanent damage exists so our focus is to reduce inflammation and avoid flare-ups.
- Include more bone broth, slow cooked meals, soups, stews, smoothies in your diet, while your gut is healing
- Try not eating after 5pm a few nights a week, this gives more time for the gut to heal
- Supplements to improve healing and reduce inflammation
Restoring of beneficial bacteria to the gut is essential for gut health, weather it is to replenish lost bacteria due to parasites, imbalances, antibiotics or to keep numbers up for proper digestion and protection from damage. Remember you not only have to replenish the good bacteria, but you also have to feed them in the form of prebiotics.
- Prebiotics – lentils, onions, bananas, garlic
- Probiotics – fermented dairy, fermented vegetables, sauerkraut
- Avoid refined sugars, they feed the bad bacteria among other negative effects on the body
- Fibre – eat lots of beautiful fruit and vegetables
So if you are dealing with an unhappy gut or stomach issues, you can’t quite get to the bottom of, there is so much more you can do to help. We have a Gut Health package, where our Clinical Nutritionist will work closely with you, to help get your gut on the right track!
Please reach out to us if you have any questions at all, about all things related to gut health, we are here to help!