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:
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 and digestive health 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?