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Symptoms and Causes of Digestive Health Concerns

Digestive upset is extremely common and can be the result of many things. It is typically characterized by a feeling of discomfort in the abdominal area that often occurs after eating a meal, but not always. Symptoms include heartburn, bloating, belching, and/or nausea. Simple indigestion affects nearly everyone from time to time, and though it is not considered to be a serious health condition, it can be quite uncomfortable. It may also point to other more serious health concerns like celiac diseasefood sensitivities, H. Pylori, irritable bowel syndrome an inflammatory bowel disease (colitis or crohn's), GERD  (gastroesophageal reflux disease), or peptic ulcer disease. Click on any link to read more about the one you are interested in.

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Finding a solution. 

The first step to eliminating digestive discomfort is to find out the cause.  Once the cause is identified, you are one step closer to knowing which treatments options will work best. 

Conventional approaches: 

Medications such as anti-acids are commonly prescribed for digestive health concerns. Unfortunately they only act as a bandaid solution and if the cause is not removed, the condition often worsens.

If symptoms are severe, your doctor will often refer you to a specialist to rule out more serious concerns like colitis, ulcers or celiac disease. 

Natural Healthcare Options:

There are many natural and effective solutions for digestive upset however first and foremost the cause must be identified.  Are you eating foods that your body is reacting negatively towards?  These are called  food intolerances and can occur with both healthy and unhealthy foods.  Food sensitivity testing can help to identify the culprit(s) by grading your immune reaction to many different foods. Other causes may include medication use as certain types wear away at the protective mucus lining of your digestive tract (e.g. alieve, aspirin); or perhaps you went on a tropical vacation and picked up a chronic viral infection. Some people are sensitive to various food combinations or suffer from mental-emotional concerns like anxiety which can lead to IBS (irritable bowel syndrome).  The Naturopathic Doctors at KIH use various assessments tools to help determine what the real problem may be.  Once identified, a variety of treatments using nutritional counselling, natural supplement recommendations and/or lifestyle modifications are recommended to help create better digestive health and eliminate or reduce unpleasant symptoms. Read more about our treatment plans below.

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Who We Have to Help You

To read more about the practitioners who are trained in treating digestive concerns, or to book an appointment, please click on the associated link:

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