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Your body needs nutrients to perform its essential day-to-day functions. For example, sugars are used for fuel by your muscle cells during exercise, iron is used by the blood cells to carry oxygen to your brain during that presentation, and protein is used to grow new skin onto that scabbed knee. Most of our nutrients come from the food we eat. So we are indeed what we eat.

However, we are also HOW we eat. Regardless of what we put into the body, our digestive process has the final say in whether we will breakdown and absorb all those vital nutrients we eat.

Digestion is one of the cornerstones of good health. Itís the way we get nutrients into the body to keep the body healthy. A slow or malfunctioning digestive system can lead to maldigestion and malabsorption, leading to a host of symptoms and health conditions. There are so many health conditions that can be caused by poor digestion because every single cell and system in the body can be affected when it is deprived of the nutrients needed for its proper function.

Some of the symptoms of poor digestion:

  • Gas - Bloating
  • Indigestion
  • Heart Burn
  • Diarrhea / Constipation
  • Stomach discomfort / pain
  • Nausea

Naturopathic Treatment

The digestive system is complex, involving a number of organs (including the stomach, intestines, pancreas, and liver) and many processes to breakdown our food, move it along, and trigger absorption. A malfunction in any of these organs or processes can cause the impairment of the whole digestive system. Your Naturopathic Doctor will conduct in-depth analyses for signs of dysfunction and treat the individual problems at the cause to bring the digestive system back to optimal functioning.

Examples of Naturopathic Treatments:

  • Herbs to soothe and heal an inflamed stomach lining, which can cause ulcers
  • Amino acids to heal a damaged intestinal wall, which can cause poor absorption
  • Supplements to regulate stomach acid levels, which can treat heart burn
  • Probiotics using specific bacterial strains to balance the intestinal microbial flora, which can treat gas and bloating
  • Herbs to treat intestinal parasites, which can cause diarrhea
  • Homeopathy to treat the symptoms of food poisoning - Herbs to treat nausea

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