Gut Health and You

Does your Gut Need Help?

 

We hear a lot now about good and bad bacteria and good gut health.  No wonder when we know that around 70-80% of our immune system resides in our gut so looking after the intestinal area is paramount to overall health.

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Here are some signs that your gut may be troubling you and need a bit of help.

 

  • Abdominal bloating 1 to 2 hours after eating
  • Fatigue after meals
  • Odorous flatulence
  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation
  • Alternating between diarrhoea and constipation
  • Itching around the rectum
  • ‘Churning’ feeling in the abdomen
  • Abdominal pain from trapped wind
  • Feel spacy or unreal (‘brain fog’)
  • Craving bread/ other starchy or sugary foods
  • Fungal skin or nail infection
  • ‘Healthy’ foods like fruit, onions, garlic, bread, milk, beans, lentils cause bloating, gas or loose bowels
  • A thick coating at the back of the tongue

 

Recurrent colds and infections can indicate your immune health requires a boost and if you’ve had a course (or more) of antibiotics in the last couple of years then the answer may well be a course of good quality probiotics.

Digestive chemistry needs to be optimal for health, and probiotics are a great supplement for many people and the benefits are scientifically researched and proven.

If your digestion is efficient then, in time, things will correct themselves.  However, if your stomach and the start of the digestive process is fairly inefficient, then you may need to address issues such as low stomach acid and enzymatic action.

Issues such as inflammation, leaky gut, any medication, potential pathogens and stress (again, stress will play a big part) can really disrupt digestion.

Digestive health is very important in overall health of the body and mind and when the digestive system is working well, the knock on effects on the rest of the body are always only positive.

 

 

 

A Typical Way I Support Digestion with a Client is:

  • A diet/ nutrition/ lifestyle questionnaire and food diary analysis
  • Review of supplements and medication
  • Discussion of key symptoms and linking them together
  • Address things that will need reducing such as stressors, alcohol, fermentable carbohydrates
  • Adaptations to diet and a possible specific diet for a short time such as FODMAPs/ GAPs/ Gluten and Lactose free
  • Decide whether stomach has the correct balance of stomach acid and if not, treat through rebalancing
  • If there is suggested leaky gut, heal with supplements and through reducing inflammation.
  • Add a microbial if required.
  • Replenish ‘good’ bacteria with correct strain of probiotic