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Our digestive tract is recognised as a key component of our overall state of health. Balance between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria in our intestines is required to ensure optimal gastrointestinal health. Good bacteria aid food digestion and absorption, and inhibit the development of pathogenic (bad) bacteria. Alterations in the ratio of good and bad bacteria may lead to a change in gastrointestinal function and health. Nutritional therapists concentrate on the role of nutrition, nutrients and other biological agents that may be used in conjunction with lifestyle changes to assist you in restoring and/or maintaining digestive wellness.
You may have a serious digestive illness, such as Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, or ulcerative colitis, or you may have simpler problems of heartburn, indigestion, flatulence, bloating or constipation. By understanding the function of the various parts of the gastrointestinal tract and looking for underlying causes of disease rather than just treating the symptoms, a nutritional therapist can work with you to help you correct your problems.
During your consultation we will look at your health background in order to identify possible underlying factors which may be contributing to your symptoms. Together, we will form a personalised programme of dietary recommendations and lifestyle changes that will enable you to stabilise and soothe the digestive tract, repair any identified damage to the mucosal lining of the intestine and rebalance your gut flora.