The digestive system is one of the most interesting organs in the body. For decades we haven’t known too much about it other that it’s role in breaking down food, absorbing nutrients and getting rid of waste.
In the last few years, however, it has become all too clear just how imperative the gut is in overall health, and, that good health typically starts in the gut.
This tube-like structure that runs right through the inside of the body from mouth to anus has multiple, critical functions that go far beyond the processing of food. For one, the gut microbiome, which is the collective colonies of bacteria, viruses and other critters that live along the length of this system, play many different roles in your health and wellbeing.
Disorders that have been linked to an imbalance in the gut microbiome include those that affect the gut itself, like food intolerances and inflammatory bowel conditions. They have also been implicated in other disorders, such as:
- Liver disease
- Heart disease
- Mental health disorders
- Neurological conditions
- Autoimmune disorders
- And more…
When the little guys living in your gut are out balance and unhappy, there’s a whole host of things that can go wrong. It messes with the way your entire body functions, and it can leave your with symptoms like depression and anxiety, brain fog and memory loss, skin disorders, joint pain, thyroid issues, difficulty managing your weight, and the diseases already mentioned above.
The worst thing is that you may not even know that these conditions that plague you everyday stem from your digestive health instead of the organs they affect! This is where Functional Medicine comes in.
Using body-systems biology, our therapists can analyze your symptoms and help you to determine where your imbalances lie.
Nutritional therapy: Dive into the digestive system with Functional Nutritionist Vanessa and explore the underlying cause of your digestive disorders. Let Vanessa tailor your diet to your personal requirements to bring about balance to your digestion, and, in doing so, push your whole body back into balance to allow you to better manage your overall health.
Naturopathy: Poor digestion has been linked to endometriosis and fibroids, an area in which Dr Jennah specializes in. If you’re struggling with digestive disorders as well as those typical ‘hormone-related’ issues, let Dr Jennah help you to link your digestive troubles to your condition and implement a plan of action to bring about good health and management overall.
Counselling: Trauma and emotional imbalances have a great impact on your digestive system. After all, the gut has been called the second brain. If you find you’re unable to cope with life’s stressors and it’s impacting your digestive health, check in with out Counselor, Stevie, to get to the bottom of your issue in a compassionate yet objective manner.
Acupuncture: From bloating to heartburn, constipation/diarrhea, abdominal pain and other
common digestive issues, acupuncture can help. Kevin will take a detailed history prior to treatment to assess your condition and ensure that the right protocol be implements for your ultimate benefit and relief.
Osteopathy: Research indicates that osteopathy is an effective and beneficial treatment for
digestive disorders, including inflammatory bowel disease, where pronounced short term relief from the condition has been shown in recent studies.
Massage Therapy: Stomach or abdominal massage is a gentle and non-invasive treatment that has been shown to be beneficial for people with various health conditions, including disorders of the gut, such as constipation, bloating and other digestive issues.