Naturopathic Medicine:

Digestive Health

Gut health is a core part of your wellbeing & is involved in the following:

  • Breakdown and absorption of key nutrients/building blocks essential for all other parameters of health
  • Immunity
  • Hormone regulation
  • Brain health
  • Cardiovascular & metabolic health
  • Health of hair, skin & nails

Some key signs that your gut is not functioning properly include:

  • Gas/bloating, diarrhea, constipation
  • Reflux, heartburn
  • Skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, rashes & rosacea
  • Mood problems including depression & anxiety
  • Difficulty with concentration, brain fog
  • Auto-immunity
  • Chronic yeast infections
  • Joint pain
  • Nutrient deficiencies (low iron, low B12, etc)
  • Thyroid problems

How are gut and digestive health problems treated?

In general, the naturopathic approach to gut health includes a 4-pronged approach:

  1. Remove anything (food, stress, infection, environmental contaminant) that may be impeding function, disturbing microbial balance or causing a leaky gut.
  2. Replace substances that are needed for proper breakdown & absorption of nutrients, as well as nutrients that may have been depleted. This may include digestive enzymes and/or betaine hydrochloride (a version of your own stomach acid, which is needed for breakdown of proteins), iron and other essential vitamins/minerals.
  3. Repair the gut lining using nutrients that both soothe/calm and promote closing of the intestinal barrier.
  4. Re-innoculate with good bacteria through the use of fermented foods, prebiotic fiber and probiotics.
The first point — remove— is a crucial step in this process as it involves identifying what your unique triggers/causes are. We cannot treat what we don’t know!
Dr. Lovink offers a variety of tests to identify these imbalances including:
  • Food Sensitivity Testing
  • Comprehensive Stool Analysis with Parasitology
  • H. pylori testing
  • Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth testing

You can expect a personalized and thorough assessment, with a treatment plan that will get you back on track.

 

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