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Embracing Holistic Health Care: Natural Solutions for Chronic Digestive Issues

In this fast-paced world in which we live, where stress and processed foods have become the norm, chronic digestive issues have become increasingly prevalent. Many of my clients find themselves grappling with persistent challenges such as chronic constipation or chronic diarrhea, bloating, a feeling of fullness that lasts too long after eating, all of which are disruptive to their daily lives and overall well-being. As a board certified naturopathic doctor, my mission in this post is to shed light on natural digestion aids that promote long-term digestive health and harmony.

 


Holistic Health Solutions for Chronic Digestion Issues

Understanding Chronic Digestive Issues

Chronic digestive issues, whether constipation or diarrhea, or trouble digesting foods in general, can be indicators of an imbalance within the body. Factors such as poor dietary choices, stress, lack of physical activity, and even environmental toxins can contribute to these problems. Addressing the root causes and adopting a holistic approach is key to finding lasting relief.

 

Chronic Constipation Solutions

Chronic constipation can be an annoyingly persistent and uncomfortable issue, often signaling an imbalance in the digestive system, an enzyme deficiency, a stomach acid deficiency, a magnesium deficiency, dehydration, and sometimes, all of the above. Embracing a natural approach to chronic constipation focuses on addressing the root causes, and implementing a nutrition based protocol customized to the person's individual needs. For many, those solutions include:

 

  • Fiber-rich Diet - Embracing a diet abundant in fiber is helpful for promoting regular bowel movements. Fruits, vegetables, and legumes can provide the necessary bulk to aid digestion and help prevent constipation.

 

  • Hydration - Staying adequately hydrated is essential for maintaining healthy digestion. Water helps soften stool, making it easier to pass. Herbal teas and infused water with mint or ginger can further soothe the digestive system and stimulate the bowel to eliminate. Electrolytes are often overlooked in the discussion on constipation and healthy digestion, in general, but it is especially important to correct mineral balance if constipation is an ongoing issue.

 

  • Probiotics - Incorporating probiotic-rich foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and kimchi can enhance gut health by promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria. Probiotics play a pivotal role in regulating bowel movements and maintaining a balanced gut flora. There are different kinds of bacteria, and these should be rotated every couple of months to help promote gut microbiome diversity.


Here are a few of the probiotics I most commonly recommend:



 


Chronic Diarrhea

Natural solutions for chronic diarrhea involve a holistic approach aimed at restoring balance to the digestive system. A holistic approach not only addresses the symptoms but also focuses on the overall well-being of the digestive system, offering a natural and sustainable solution for those struggling with chronic diarrhea.

 

 

  • Removing inflammatory foods - The top five offenders we see that regularly cause inflammation in the gut, and subsequent body systems resulting in other chronic health issues include (but are not limited to): gluten, dairy, soy, seed oils, and sugar.

  • pH Balance - It is often necessary to address a person's pH if they are experiencing chronic diarrhea.

  • Addressing candida overgrowth, which involves removing foods that feed the candida, as well as addressing biofilms and microbiome diversity

  • Addressing parasitic infection  

  • Identifying food triggers - Keeping a food journal to identify potential triggers for diarrhea is crucial. Certain individuals may be sensitive to specific foods such as dairy, gluten, or artificial additives. Eliminating or reducing these triggers can significantly improve symptoms. Schedule a comprehensive or advanced consultation with me and through advanced non-invasive testing, we will be able to identify foods that are triggering the digestive issues. I can then develop a customized plan to support the transition. Schedule a consultation online now at www.livewellmelissa.com/services

 

Natural Aid for Digestion and Overall Well-Being

 

  • Mindful Eating - Practicing mindful eating involves being present during meals, chewing food thoroughly, and savoring each bite. This approach not only aids digestion but also helps in recognizing and responding to satiety cues.

 

  • Herbal Supplements - Incorporating herbal supplements like aloe vera, slippery elm, or licorice root can provide additional support for digestive health. In my office, I’m able to identify supplements that will support your holistic health journey, targeting specific needs. Schedule online now at www.livewellmelissa.com/services

 

  • Stress Management - Chronic stress can wreak havoc on the digestive system. Engaging in stress-reducing activities can positively impact overall digestive wellness. Seek out and make time for activities that help you reduce stress.

 

In the journey towards optimal health, addressing chronic digestive issues requires a comprehensive and holistic approach. By embracing natural options, nourishing the body with wholesome foods, and fostering a mindful lifestyle, individuals can reclaim balance and harmony within their digestive systems. As a holistic health practitioner, I encourage everyone to explore these natural digestion aids and embark on a path towards lasting well-being.

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