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.
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