Digestive issues can be challenging. That’s hardly a surprise given that the digestive system itself is such an extensive part of the body, ranging from mouth to rectum, and carries out the intricate process of helping you absorb food nutrients and rid your body of waste.
Left untreated, digestion problems can lead to serious, chronic illnesses and other issues. After all, digestion issues affect your entire body, the gut as well as the immune system, the nervous system, and hormones. In short, the digestive system is one of the most important parts of your body.
When digestive issues occur, a wide range of symptoms can result, including:
- Unexplained bleeding
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Fatigue & lack of energy
- Nausea or vomiting
- Stomach pain
- Swallowing problems
- Weight gain or weight loss
The causes of digestive problems range from dietary habits to genetics, bacterial or viral infections, inflammation, lactase enzyme deficiency or gluten intolerance. Additionally, difficulty in the digestion of certain foods, poor circulation and stress are all factors that can lead to digestive issues.
Diet may be one of the most common contributing factors when it comes to digestive complaints. Overeating, consuming too many processed foods, not eating enough fiber, are all factors that can cause digestive problems. Excessive consumption of alcohol and smoking can contribute to stomach ulcers and gastric acid reflux.
Diagnosis & Treatment
In order to successfully treat digestive issues, determining the cause or root of the problem is key. A naturopathic approach takes into consideration a variety of factors, including diet, physical condition, mental health, stress, genetic predispositions, and environmental and social factors.
With naturopathic medicine, a comprehensive intake might be the key to a successful diagnosis. Specialty tests such as stool analysis for parasites, microbes and other microorganisms can help identify reasons for gastrointestinal complaints. Blood tests and urine tests can shine a light in conditions such as “leaky gut”, celiac disease and gluten intolerance.
Naturopathic treatment addressing the underlying cause of the disease and not just treating symptoms as if they were isolated and unrelated is also vitally important.
Treatment is very comprehensive and depends on the type of digestive issue or problem you are facing and the underlying cause. Once diagnosed, an effective treatment plan can be implemented and might include a change in diet, the use of probiotics, herbal supplements, enzymes or amino acids and other vitamins.
With careful consideration of causes, comprehensive diagnostic laboratory tests and an individualized treatment plan, most digestive issues can be effectively addressed and helped. Dr. Karampahtsis utilizes the most comprehensive specialty laboratory testing and the newest available natural approaches to achieve the best results.