GUT HEALTH- how I can help you.
You are what you eat but this is only true if your gut actually works!
The gut is so pivotal to our health, it’s like the root of the tree. The power our gut has on our hormones, on our brain, on our immune system is becoming researched and published extensively. Studies show there is a link between gut diversity and health, we thrive when there is a balance between good and bad bacteria. All too often our life style damages that fragile balance. In the absence of enough beneficial flora, pathogenic bacteria and parasites proliferate.
Symptoms of poor gut health may not be symptoms you might expect and extend beyond digestive symptoms like gas, bloating and constipation. Have you experienced brain fog? joint pain, depression? anxiety, allergies? all of these symptoms can be caused by an imbalance in our gut microbiome.
I can help you address these complains by getting to the root of the problem and restoring a healthy diversity of beneficial bacteria in your gut. Even if you don’t have “gut symptoms’, it is important to look at your gut, this is my message and this is what I love to help you nourish your gut ecosystem.
When you get your gut healthy, you will not want to live any other way.
Unexplained digestive discomfort
Think of me like a health detective, I will gather all the information relating to your symptoms and explain to you which avenues to explore to find out the root cause based on my clinical experience and my expertise. Your case history is very important to me as well as performing functional tests, very often necessary to discover the cause of your unexplained problems.
Food sensitivities/ intolerances
Let me help you understand why the food sensitivity is occurring in the first place and what can be done to get your health back on track and to stop more sensitivities occurring. As always, it comes back to tackling the root cause of the problem.
It’s important to realise IBS is a name given to a group of symptoms.
IBS is a kind of umbrella term for diarrhoea, discomfort, cramping, constipation, bloating and pain.
Do you experience issues of motility?
With constipation, you are what you eat, what you absorb and I will add you are also what you don’t eliminate, right?
With diarrhoea, if you have to schedule your day around being close to a bathroom, you know how this can be a major disruptor to your life.
Let me help you understand WHAT is causing the constipation or the diarrhoea or why you are alternating from one to the other!
Gas, bloating & distension
Could it be that you are not making enough enzymes, stomach acid or bile? If you can’t break down your food, it’s going to be more gas-causing.
Or it could be you “simply” have an infection in your gut – some bad guy is in there wreaking havoc.
Or maybe you just need some rest and some slow walking to reconnect to your body.
It requires understanding these underpinnings and always a bit of self-exploration/detective work, but it is always worth it.
For some of my clients, the pain has become part of their everyday lives. They are so accustomed to living with pain and inconvenience that it begins to feel normal.
Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
SIBO stands for small intestine bacterial overgrowth and is an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine in this pivotal area where we absorb our food. Even though the bacteria is not necessary pathogenic, the small intestine is not set up to handle larger amounts of bacteria, like the large intestine can.
This bacterial overgrowth impacts the way we digest our food and may cause damage to lining of small intestine (leaky SI/leaky gut). When we eat certain carbohydrates, they may ferment, feeding the bacterial overgrowth. This can cause a variety of symptoms and nutritional deficiencies.
SIBO is very much linked with progressive bloating throughout the day, people tell me by the end of the day they feel 9 months pregnant.
I can help you understand the causes and symptoms of SIBO, plus specific tools for recovery.
Coeliac disease & Non-coeliac gluten sensitivity
You have been tested for coeliac disease and your results came back negative but do you know you don’t need to be coeliac for gluten to be an issue for you?
You know when you eat wheat/gluten, you don’t feel well, you have tummy issues, aches and pains, or you get migraines, or you have anxiety.
You might not be a coeliac after testing but it might be that you are non coeliac gluten sensitive (NCGS), term by Dr. Alessio Fasano, globally recognised for his pioneering research in the fields of Coeliac disease and gluten intolerance.
Candida/ yeast overgrowth
Candida albicans is one of the fungi that lives within us. There is nothing innately wrong with candida, at least in its correct amount.
When we lose balance in our inner ecosystem and candida grows in larger numbers is when we can developed an array of symptoms such as brain fog, unexplained rashes in the body, low energy, sugar and carbs cravings. Overgrowth of Candida causes us to feel tired and lethargic. Candida manipulates our appetite, making us crave high-sugar foods.
I can help you to identify a Candida overgrowth and give you specifics steps to follow to get your gut back in balance.
Candida overgrowth is common, but it’s not normal. And it’s definitely not healthy!
I invite you to read my testimonial page which contains interesting feedback on how I have helped my clients with the problems/symptoms mentioned in this blog.