Updated: Jun 5, 2020
Tummy troubles are the most common concern I see in patients today. Most often being heartburn, diarrhea, constipation, chronic gas and bloating, nausea and vomiting or any combination of these awful symptoms.
If the digestive system is a concern, the first thing we have to look at is the diet, as what we put into our bodies can make a profound difference in how well our body not only digests, but also heals, our immune system functions, hormone metabolism and detoxification. All these essential systems have a large role in the digestive tract.
Certain foods are good for some, but not for others, and there are a variety of tests and evaluations on the market to help identify which foods are causing your issues. If you're curious about food intolerances, sensitivities and allergies, check out our article explaining the differences.
To identify which specific foods are causing or contributing to the problem, I will do a Food intolerance Evaluation. These foods are a mechanical breakdown issue of the food. The immune system isn't involved here, instead the body lacks the enzymes needed to digest that food and similar foods. These foods impair normal digestive processes by essentially fermenting and rotting in the digestive tract. Inflammatory products are created which get absorbed into the general circulation and can then create more systemic symptoms such as migraines, skin rashes, joint pains and fatigue in addition to the digestive symptoms as well. Here's a quick video explaining:
I've seen patients with chronic constipation or diarrhea start having regular bowel movements within a week of removing their food intolerances. Patients previously diagnosed with SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) or intestinal candida have seen great improvement in their symptoms as well, often without the use of anti-fungal or antibiotic medications. Irritable bowel and even autoimmune conditions of the digestive tract such as Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis all improve when the diet is corrected for that individual. Sometimes a little additional digestive support through some probiotics or herbals (such as gentian and skullcap) to stimulate good stomach function, but the biggest step is simply removing the obstacles to good digestion - the food intolerances.
"But my gastroenterologist says my diet has nothing to do with my digestion..."
I've heard this comment a number of times from patients and my response is always the same. "What?! Your digestive doctor, an expert in digestion, thinks what you put in your digestive system has nothing to do with your digestion? What if you put diesel fuel into your gasoline car, or vice versa? What if you feed your dog nothing but corn, you think he's going to feel great and have perfect digestion?" Or something along these lines. I can't wrap my head around why some disagree and think diet has nothing to do with digestion. I encourage them to call me and ask me about a few of my patient cases.
If you're having digestive concerns, please give some consideration to your diet and some sort of dietary testing or evaluation. Your tummy will thank you.
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