What is Your Gut Telling You?

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When you hear the expression “listen to your gut” most people are talking about your intuition. This can help you recognise when something isn’t right, that feeling in the pit of your stomach that tells you not to do something or that someone is lying to you.

But do you actually listen to your gut? And by gut, I mean your digestive system. Your gut can tell you a lot more things than just helping your intuition. It is an important part of your health and, in reality, a lot of people miss the signs which show their digestive system is in trouble.

Your digestive system is one of the most important systems in your body. This is the place where the body breaks down food, absorbs nutrients and eliminates waste products. If there is a problem with any part of this system, your body cannot digest and absorb nutrients and eliminate waste products properly. When this happens, it is nearly impossible to achieve optimal health.

How your bodies digestive system is working not only affects the digestive system but also your immune, hormonal and nervous systems. It can also contribute to conditions such as allergies and skin conditions. If your gut is not happy, your body is not happy. Even if you eat a healthy diet full of nutrients, you can still have impaired absorption of those nutrients, leading to poor energy production and digestive issues.

 It is important to remember that healthy digestion begins at the mouth and end in the colon, so if you have a problem up top chances are there is a problem down below as well. Having problems with your digestive system can be frustrating and confusing. You may not be able to put your finger on it, but you know something isn’t quite right with your body.

 

Common Symptoms of Gut Problems

  • Bloating

  • Diarrhoea

  • Constipation

  • Cramping

  • Weight Gain

  • Weight loss

  • Heart Burn

  • Acid Reflux

  • Loss of Appetite

  • Nausea

  • Excessive gas

  • Problems when eating certain foods – fatty foods, gluten, dairy

 As well as the above symptoms, Naturopaths can also help with specific digestive disorders. Through diet changes, herbal medicine, supplementation and lifestyle changes, we can improve your symptoms to get you feeling better sooner.

 

Digestive Problems a Naturopath can Help With

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  • Celiac Disease

  • Gluten-intolerance

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease

  • Crohn’s Disease

  • Ulcerative Colitis

  • Food Allergies

  • Leaky Gut Syndrome

  • Ulcers

 

The tough part of this is not any two people have the same digestive system. Some people react to certain foods while others can eat the same foods without any problem. It is important to remember to find the right path for you and listen to what your gut is telling you.