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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 abdominal discomfort that often occurs after eating a meal, but not always. Symptoms include heartburn, bloating, belching, diarrhea, constipation 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 bothersome.  Digestive upset may also point to other more serious health concerns like celiac diseasefood sensitivities, H. Pylori, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease (colitis or crohn's), GERD  (gastroesophageal reflux disease), or peptic ulcer disease. Click on any of the above links to read more about the specific concern you are most interested in.

Finding a solution. 

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

Conventional approaches: 

Medications such as ant-acids (TUMS, zantac, tecta, pantoprazole) are often prescribed by medical doctors for digestive health concerns. Unfortunately they only act as a bandaid solution and if the cause is not removed, the actual issue may worsen.

If symptoms are severe, your family doctor will often refer you to a gastrointestinal 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 and they all begin with identifying the cause.  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 intolerance 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 like advil or alieve can wear away at the protective lining of your digestive tract; or perhaps you went on a tropical vacation and picked up a chronic viral infection. Is stress playing a role?  Stress in particular is a common cause of a distressing digestive issue called IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and though it is not the only factor, it can play an important role. 

The Naturopathic Doctors at KIH use various assessments tools to help determine what the real problem may be.  Once identified, a variety of treatments including 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.

KIH Digestive Health Treatment Plans

 

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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