Good digestion

So many people have problems with their digestion and more and more people seem to react to different foods. Good gut health is vital to quality of life and nutrition plays a key role in maintaining a healthy digestive system.
There are many potential causes of gastrointestinal dysfunction such as harmful dietary choices, nutrient deficiencies, inadequate chewing, stress, deficient digestive enzymes, infection (parasites, viruses, bacteria or yeast), food intolerances, use of antibiotics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and antacids, insufficient or excessive stomach acid, ageing, allergies and a sedentary lifestyle (to name a few!).
Symptoms of faulty digestion include bloating, abdominal pain or cramps, constipation, diarrhoea, flatulence, indigestion, rectal itching, skin rashes, food allergies or intolerance, fatigue or lethargy, dizziness, poor immunity (frequent colds/infections), headaches, heartburn, bad breath, loss of energy, anxiety, mood swings, irritability, joint pain, muscle aches, thrush or cystitis and frequent nausea.
Nutritional therapy may alleviate your symptoms and improve your health by establishing and correcting the underlying cause of your symptoms. Functional tests may be used to identify a food intolerance or a simple stool test can provide non-invasive evaluation of digestion, absorption, bacterial balance, yeast overgrowth, parasites, inflammation and metabolic activity.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, nutritional therapy may help. Try it and see for yourself!

Written by

Claudia Williamson Registered Nutritional Therapist DipION, FdSc, mBANT, mCHNC Tunbridge Wells, Kent