Naturopaths have long considered optimal gut function as pivotal to achieving and maintaining health and wellbeing. Thankfully, modern medicine is now supporting this approach, with the number of research papers available on gut bacteria expanding rapidly! The health of your digestive tract and the correct balance of gut bugs or your ‘microbiota’, significantly impacts on your overall health. Research is now guiding us in the direction of supporting mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, metabolic syndrome and obesity, and spectrum disorders such as ADHD and autism by ensuring the health of the gut microbiota!
Leading a busy stressful lifestyle, alcohol intake, antibiotic use, certain medications, family history, food sensitivities and allergies along with inadequate nutritional intake are just some of the factors which may impact your digestive system and your ability to absorb nutrients. At Perth Health and Fertility, our Naturopaths are well trained in the management of gut issues. We regularly treat and manage the following gut conditions:
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Bloating/Abdominal Pain/Excessive Flatulence
- Coeliac and non-coeliac gluten sensitivity,
- Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
- Intestinal Dysbiosis
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohns, Ulcerative Colitis)
Our Naturopaths have access to testing specific to gastrointestinal function such as laboratory blood tests and stool culture to test for parasite or bacterial infection, faecal microbial sequencing (to determine the state of your gut microbiota), food sensitivity and allergy testing, and lactulose/glucose breath testing for SIBO. Our Naturopaths balance appropriate treatment protocols with dietary recommendations to support the health of your digestive tract and hence, your overall health and vitality.