Natural Approaches to Digestive Issues
Digestion is the process by which your body breaks down the food, absorbs the components of the food, and then eliminates unusable or waste material material. Any breakdown in this system can create problems for the body. Possible symptoms of poor digestion are bloating, constipation, diarrhea, cramping, weigh gain, heartburn (or acid reflux) and loss of appetite. Other symptoms less well known caused by poor digestion are arthritis, skin problems, and allergies.
How Does Dr. Purdy Treat Digestive Issues?
Eating the wrong food for your body is usually the start of digestive symptoms. The tough part is that no two people have the same digestive system. Many people develop digestive problems from eating foods that they have sensitivities to, as well as eating refined sugar and other processed foods. The chemicalization of our food is a big culprit.Other potential causes are a history of heavy antibiotic use, exposure to toxins, hormonal imbalance or infection with parasites or other microbes.
Dr. Purdy works to find what the individual cause of digestive upset is for you and eliminate that culprit. Her goal with dietary change is always to heal the gut enough that you can get back to eating your favorite foods (in healthy moderation) eventually. While addressing and treating the root cause of your digestive upset, she utilizes herbs and homeopathics to manage symptoms in the meantime, those symptom management is never the long-term goal.
When Should I Come In?
- If you experience gas or bloating on a regular basis
- If you are not having at least one well-formed, healthy, easy bowel movement per day
- If seemingly innocuous foods tend to flare you up
- If you experience any reflux