It’s time to get real. When was the last time you had a bowel movement? And the last time you had a bowel movement did you check it out? I mean really check it out? People rarely take time out of their day to think about poop. But they should. It’s an important part of daily life. A lot of people are constipated and don’t even know it. Constipation occurs when there is lack of ease or discomfort in eliminating the bowels,
As a naturopathic doctor with a specialty in gastroenterology I often work with patients that have been referred to me by a primary care doctor. In these cases, symptoms are often hard to diagnose or conversely, the diagnosis is so specific my expertise is required. Eosinophilic esophagitis (EOE) is one of those specific types of diagnoses. A naturopathic approach to patient care looks for the root cause of an illness in order to relieve symptoms. The treatment of EOE requires a multifaceted
As the summer months wane and we start harvesting garden bounties, sending children back to school, and thinking about productivity in terms of work. It is also important to consider our overall immunity and how we can continue to operate at optimal wellness when activities move indoors. Did you know that the health of the body’s immune system starts in the gut? In fact, the gut microbiome sets the pace for the whole body – all the way through the heart and
Which came first? The chicken or the egg? This age-old story is one and the same when it comes to gut permeability and the havoc it can wreak on a person’s body. Does leaky gut cause discomfort in the GI tract or is discomfort in the GI tract causing the gut to leak? Let’s take a closer look: Leaky gut is not an actual diagnosis. It is a term used by doctors to describe the deterioration of the mucosal lining in the small intestine.
Have you noticed a burning sensation in your esophagus or chest that often comes after eating difficult meals [READ: heavy, spicy, greasy foods]? You may be experiencing GER. Gastroesophageal reflux, or GER, is often referred to as heartburn, acid reflux, or even indigestion (STORY). Typically, patients who have been experiencing symptoms like these: Nausea in the morningFowl breathEpigastric pain – gnawing under the breastboneIn children – regurgitation might start with a visit to a primary allopathic doctor in hopes of alleviating day to day discomfort. If
Worried your intestinal discomfort is here to stay? It’s not as if you are trying to intentionally suffer through your symptoms – but you just can’t seem to find a way to alleviate them. Most likely you have already tried to do so much on your own: You searched for wisdom from an allopathic doctor’s perspective – the scary diagnoses have been ruled outYou explored supplements, over the counter medications and prescriptionsYou changed your habits to better support healthy nutrition, movement, sleep and