Proper digestion, absorption of nutrients, detoxification and elimination of wastes are essential requirements for the experience of optimal health. Disorders of the gastrointestinal tract are quite common and can lead to improper digestion, malabsorption, detoxification and elimination, and nutritional deficiencies – all of which contribute to lymph congestion and the development of many other diseases.
We can help you discover the root cause(s) of your digestive issues and give you therapy options and tools to help you manage or eliminate them.
Here are some of the most common types of digestive problems that we work with:
Acid reflux / Heartburn - A digestive disorder in which partially digested food from the stomach, along with hydrochloric acid and enzymes, backs up into the esophagus causing a burning sensation. This happens when the lower esophageal sphincter (the muscle that connects the esophagus to the upper portion of the stomach) malfunctions.
Candida / Candidiasis - The presence of candida albicans (a benign sugar-fermenting yeast) is an integral part of your intestinal ecology and, when kept in balance with other microorganisms, does no harm. When candida gains an upper hand, proliferates, and changes in to the fungal form it is called candidiasis. It is this fungal form that takes root and colonizes in the tissue of your body and further upsets the ecological balance of your gastrointestinal tract. The toxins created by candidiasis in combination with your digestive dysfunction cause many discomfortable symptoms.
Constipation - Infrequent or incomplete bowel movements often characterized by stools that are hard, dry and difficult to pass. This is often accompanied by abdominal discomfort/fullness, rectal discomfort, bloating, nausea, loss of appetite, headache, lower back pain, a general feeling of malaise, and experience of one or fewer bowel movements per day.
Diarrhea - Frequent passage of watery stools, often accompanied by abdominal cramps/pain, gas and bloating, generalized malaise, blood and mucus in the stools, rectal soreness, fever, weakness, loss of appetite, weight loss, and intestinal rumbling sounds.
Gallbladder Attacks – A gallbladder attack usually presents with constant pain that progresses slowly, rises to a plateau, then gradually decreases, within several hours of eating a meal (especially after meals containing large amounts of fat). Symptoms include: right-sided abdominal and/or shoulder pain, back and shoulder blade pain, bloating, gas, indigestion, heartburn, belching, vomiting, constipation, and recurrent intolerance of fatty foods.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)- A functional disorder in which the large intestine, or colon, fails to operate normally causing pain, constipation, diarrhea, alternating constipation and diarrhea, gas, bloating, nausea, anorexia, anxiety and/or depression. Some believe that IBS is a disorder of the enteric nervous system, where the brain in the gut alters normal pain perception and the bowel becomes overly sensitive.
Leaky Gut Syndrome - This syndrome occurs when the intestinal mucosa is damaged and large food molecules, bacteria, and microorganisms pass through the intestinal wall into the bloodstream and circulate through the body. This can cause gas, bloating, inflammation, and abdominal pain. A leaky gut and immune reaction is the root cause of all autoimmune disorders.
Parasites - Illnesses can often result when disease-promoting parasites (which frequently contaminate food and water supplies) are ingested. Parasites also infest the skin or can enter the bloodstream via insect bites. They can deplete the body of essential nutrients, tax and overwhelm the immune system, and increase levels of toxicity in the body.
Weight Loss - The answers to weight gain and weight loss are not always simple and easy. Many factors contribute to weight gain and obesity, including nutritional deficiencies, sluggish metabolism, toxic load, hormone imbalances, lack of movement, and stress. To achieve significant and permanent weight loss, you need to come up with a plan that incorporates healthy eating, exercise, stress reduction, and healing any previously mentioned underlying imbalances.