Digestive Health Management

Over 20% of the UK population has ongoing gastrointestinal disorders that are commonly categorized under the name of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). The relationship between gastrointestinal dysfunction and chronic disease is multifaceted, compelling, and complex.

From intestinal pathogens and allergens, to intestinal permeability and imbalances in colonic gut flora, gut dysfunction may compromise a patient’s health and effect mood and energy levels. It is often the first place to start in improving overall health.

We are an integrated clinic working with both a consultant doctor, nutritional therapist and a nurse, which mean we can support you in diagnostic tests, nutritional therapy plans, vitamin and mineral supplementation, letters of referrals and prescriptions if required.

  • Stomach cramps
  • Excess flatulence/wind
  • Stomach bloating
  • Nauseous
  • Mood imbalance
  • Fatigue
  • Mood imbalance
  • Foggy head
  • Headaches

How can Functional Medicine/Nutritional Therapy help?

We look for what is triggering and keeping unwanted symptoms going. There could be many endogenous triggers. Endogenous are symptoms that are generated within the body:

  • Parasites
  • Yeast overgrowth
  • Imbalanced gut flora
  • Antibiotics
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Proton pump inhibitors (for acid reflux known as Omeprazole)
  • Pancreatic enzyme insufficiency
  • Imbalanced dietary intake
  • Dysbiosis/leaky gut

We also look for Exogenous triggers which are symptoms generated outside the body, including:

  • Pollution
  • Toxins
  • Storing, preparing and cooking foods
  • Stressors including both personal and work
  • Lifestyle

Lastly, we look at antecedents which looks at you as a unique person and what has made you susceptible to this condition. For example:

  • Genetics
  • Family history of digestive issues
  • Beliefs (spiritual, religious, environment)s

Once we have understood you as a unique person, your symptoms, your triggers and what keeps these symptoms going, only then can we offer a nutritional therapy plan. This may involve functional testing.

An example of Functional Testing offered for Digestive Management are:

  • Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis Test with Parasites
  • Small Intestinal Bacteria overgrowth (SIBO)
  • Microbiology Profile
  • Calprotectin
  • Food Sensitivity Test IgG
  • Food Allergy Test IgE
  • Gluten Intolerance
  • Intestinal Permeability
  • Gluten Associated Cross Reactive Food and Foods Sensitivity

Only when we have your full case history and results of lab tests, we can then start addressing your symptoms and work with you in realizing your optimum sense of well being.