A medically diagnosed condition, IBS is a functional digestive disorder affecting @ 11% of the population. Diagnosis normally occurs after testing has ruled out other conditions, and your symptoms are contained within the IBS criteria. IBS has no medically recognised effective treatment.
Naturopathically, IBS is not seen as a single condition. Rather it is viewed as an umbrella term that encompasses a cluster of related conditions, that simply present with similar symptoms. These conditions can and often have a vastly differing set of causes.
By putting aside the label, we come back to the # 1 naturopathic principle. Work with the patient, not the disease. What this means, is looking at your specific symptoms, and your specific causes in order to work to restore optimal function.
Here in clinic at SmartGENES, we look to unpack these causes by focusing on lifestyle, functional and nutritional factors that impact gut function. Some of these factors include:
There are a number of testing options available. For the most part these are sent away to labs overseas as they are unavailable in New Zealand. Complete Microbiome Mapping (GI Map) is a targeted and comprehensive testing option, with samples being sent to Australia for analysis.
BHSc (High Dist.), BEd, Dip.Nat., Dip.Herb.Med., NMHNZ
SmartGENES Naturopathic Clinic
There are hundreds of different types of bacteria living in the gut. Ensuring we have healthy colonies of the good strains of bacteria helps to prevent dysbiosis (incorrect gut flora), supports immune health, protects against the development of food sensitivities and maintains the health of the intestinal mucosa. They also metabolise certain foods and aid in the synthesis of nutrients such as folate and vitamin K.
Top Gut Foods
Probiotic Foods - adding good bacteria into our diet
As well as those that help, many common dietary and lifestyle factors are well known to compromise digestive health and function. Are you compromising your gut health with these:
BHSc, BEd, Dip.Herb.Med., Dip.Nat.,NMHNZ