Gastrointestinal tract disorders are common and debilitating conditions experienced by a large number of people. Conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) are some of the most frequent reasons for visits to a Naturopath.
A Naturopathic approach should ‘first do no harm’, therefore a first-line strategy is to remove obstacles to treatment – in this case, known dietary triggers using a low FODMAP approach. By introducing targeted herbs and nutrients to reduce gastrointestinal inflammation and the subsequent intestinal permeability; endothelial repair is supported and address the underlying drivers.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects almost 20% of Australians and New Zealanders,1 and is known to cause significant distress.
Just some of the established malfunctions that occur in IBS include disturbances in the intestinal microbiota, impaired mucosal barrier function and inflammation, visceral hypersensitivity, stress and dietary sensitivities of which represent key therapeutic targets for the management of IBS. Working to address a number of these facets simultaneously can produce great clinical improvements, and ensure patients avoid a lifelong sentence of IBS.
In a healthy gut, there is a lot of information being gathered that is processed at an unconscious level in the central nervous system, and blocked from conscious sensation by descending inhibitory pathways involving the neurotransmitter GABA.
In IBS, it is thought that much of the symptomatology may result from a case of information overload – a noxious combination of dysbiosis, dietary irritants and barrier dysfunction creating continuous nociceptive stimulation leading to excessive NMDA receptor activation (which exceeds GABA inhibition), resulting in a vicious cycle of pain amplification and anxiety.
The gut-brain connection is real and can be helped significantly with specific antimicrobial herbs, supplements along with modifications to diet and lifestyle.
Make a time to discuss your individualized digestive supportive program to follow .