Naturopathic Medicine & Healthy Digestion

Why is healthy digestion so vital to good health?

As a Naturopathic Doctor practicing in Calgary, I see a lot of patients suffering from a multitude of digestive concerns; anything ranging from gas and bloating, to constipation, IBS, hemorrhoids, and diarrhea. A lot of patients live with these issues daily, believing that they are normal, or just not knowing how to treat these concerns. However, I believe it is very important to treat these symptoms, not just for symptomatic relief and quality of life for my patients, but more importantly for overall health and vitality and preventing more serious health concerns that can be rooted in poor digestion.

Healthy digestion is the root of good health

As a Naturopathic Doctor, I believe that healthy digestion is the root of good health. Therefore it is something that I always explore in my patients, and a system in the body that I will always optimize.

What are some symptoms of poor digestion? Well the obvious symptoms are gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, burping, acid reflux, hemorrhoids, and IBS. However, did you know that there are so many more health conditions that can be rooted in an unhealthy digestive tract?

One of the most common things a Naturopathic Doctor will see as a result of poor digestion is a variety of skin conditions. These can include acne, eczema, and psoriasis. I believe that the health of the skin is a direct reflection of the health of the digestive system.

Autoimmune disease is also very much rooted in the health of the digestive system.

Poor digestion can alter the functioning of the immune system, and cause the body’s immune system to attack itself. This can be seen in Lupus, Rheumatoid arthritis, Psoriasis, and many more autoimmune conditions.

One of the most important factors contributing to healthy digestion is a healthy gut flora. We all have good and bad bacteria in our gut, but an overgrowth of bad bacteria will be problematic. This can be caused by a high sugar diet, antibiotic use, and many other factors. Another important factor is having adequate amounts of stomach acid and pancreatic enzymes to digest your food. If these are inadequate, you may see burping, bloating, slow digestion, acne, constipation, and even itching around the rectum.

Once we optimize the digestive system, many patients report an improvement in digestion, bloating, and bowel movements. They usually notice an improvement in their complexion and immune system as well.

Healthy digestion is vital to the quality of your life and your overall health and vitality!

Speak to your Naturopathic Doctor about the health of your digestive system, or call me, your Northwest Calgary Naturopathic Doctor at 403-719-2594 to address your digestive health today!

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