Digestive Health

Your digestive health is an important part of your overall well-being. These helpful articles and tips will point you in the right direction for good digestion.

You may have heard buzz around the internet about the ‘Low FODMAP Diet’ being the next ‘in’ diet for weight loss and overall health. My job as a health professional is to clear things up so that you have all the facts. The low FODMAP diet is not a weight loss diet, or a diet that will promote overall wellbeing for the…

A bladder infection is a type urinary tract infection in which bacteria travel from the urethra to the bladder to infect the cells that line the bladder. Urinary tract infections are typically caused by Escherichia Coli or E. Coli. E. Coli is a bacteria that naturally resides in the large intestine which can become tra…

Did you know that April marks IBS Awareness Month? Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a functional bowel disorder that’s estimated to affect 10-20% of North Americans. IBS is the most common gastrointestinal disorder, affecting more women than men, and accounts for up to 50% of referrals to gastroenterologists. Individu…

Common symptoms affecting your digestive system are burping, bloating, gas, constipation and diarrhea. These symptoms typically pass within a day or a few days in most people; however, in those with “irritable bowel syndrome,” or ‘IBS’ these symptoms do not go away. Those with IBS also experience abdominal pain or sign…

Even though you may eat regularly, you may not ‘go’ regularly or easily. Constipation is problematic when you think of it as the inefficient removal of bodily wastes and toxins, that is, the less regular you go, the more toxic you are inside your body and from a naturopathic perspective; this can be a problem over time…

You have heard of inflammation; perhaps in relation to a broken bone or a sprained ankle – these are short-lived forms of inflammation. However, there are more longer lasting, or ‘chronic’ types of inflammation, where it lingers, along with associated symptoms. In chronic inflammation, your immune system is often unbal…

Food intolerances occur when your body has a reaction, often delayed, to a food or a food additive. In my naturopathic practice many of my patients have food intolerances and do not realize it because the symptoms can be vague and can often come on hours or days after eating the food. This characteristic also makes foo…

Your digestive tract is an interesting place. It is a very long passageway from your mouth to your anus, totaling 30 feet in length. There’s a lot of movement that happens along the way: chomping of teeth to tear and grind your food; the stomach churning and squishing and the intestines, absorbing nutrients and water f…

You may not look down into the toilet bowl very often, although, if you have a baby or toddler, you can’t help but notice and wonder what is happening ‘down there.’ If you do hazard a glance, particularly on a regular basis, there can be a wealth of important information that you can use to understand your state of hea…

First things first: any severe abdominal pain that keeps recurring or is persistent should mean a trip to your primary care doctor for evaluation. Your doctor will rule out things like appendicitis, gall bladder or kidney stones, ulcers, and other serious illnesses. However, perhaps the most common chronic digestive il…