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
Cardiovascular & metabolic health
Health of hair, skin & nails
Some key signs that your gut is not functioning properly include (spoiler alert: they don’t have to be gut symptoms!):
Gas/bloating, diarrhea, constipation
Skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, rashes & rosacea
Mood problems including depression & anxiety
Difficulty with concentration, brain fog
Chronic yeast infections
Nutrient deficiencies (low iron, low B12, etc)
How are gut problems treated?
In general, the naturopathic approach to gut health includes a 4-pronged approach:
Remove anything (food, stress, infection, environmental contaminant) that may be impeding function, disturbing microbial balance or causing a leaky gut.
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.
Repair the gut lining using nutrients that both soothe/calm and promote closing of the intestinal barrier.
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.
Ready to get going on your personalized Gut Healing protocol?