Our expert practitoners help patients with a wide range of digestive conditions

IBS is an idiopathic condition within the conventional medical system with many people given little hope of regaining their health. Our practitioners are experts in looking at what is driving the condition and successfully addressing the route cause getting patients back to health and vitality. 

Gut Health Is The Cornerstone of Well-being

The Gut Health of individuals in the UK and globally, in fact, is one of the single most important aspects of our health. An extensive growing body of scientific research has shown a direct correlation of improved health and a healthy digestive system. Medical fields from each discipline have considered good gut health through the microbiome as one of the most important elements of a person’s overall well-being.

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GUT-BRAIN AXIS

The gut-brain axis is linked to anxiety, autism, fatigue, brain fog & and other mental health problems.  It is linked to triggering autoimmune and other inflammatory conditions.

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IBS

About two in 10 people in the UK have IBS and get episodes six times a year or more. How long a flare up lasts varies from person to person and may change from one episode to the next.

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MICROBIOME

Your microbiome contains 100 trillion bacteria, makes up 80% of your immune system and contains 10x more bacterial cells than it does human cells.

Stomach Pain

Symptoms

  • Bloating

  • Diarrhea and or constipation (Irritable Bowel syndrome symptoms) 

  • Fatigue 

  • Brain Fog 

  • Food Intolerances 

  • Exacerbated mental health issues such as anxiety and depression 

  • Skin disorders such as acne, eczema and dermatitis 

  • Hormonal imbalances 

  • Compromised immune system 

  • Intestinal pain

  • Joint pain 

  • Metabolic syndrome 

  • Mood swings 

  • Muscle pain 

  • Osteoporosis 

  • Psoriasis 

Causes

Diet and nutrition plays a critical role in the health of our microbiome and beneficial bacteria. Foods that can affect the balance and cause inflammation include gluten eggs, soy, sugar and dairy—can promote the growth of unhealthy bacteria and contribute to what we call a “leaky gut”. A “leaky gut” can occur in which undigested proteins can get through an inflamed and damaged intestinal wall and triggers system-wide inflammation which can result in a number of symptoms.

At the integrative Nutrition clinic, we regularly look for many different factors that can stress the gut and throw the microbiome out of balance. Common causes include the overuse of antibiotics; non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin and ibuprofen; and proton-pump inhibitors, which reduce gastric acid production.

Diet plays a critical role in the health of these beneficial bacteria. A number of foods—including those containing sugar, eggs, soy, gluten, and dairy—can promote the growth of unhealthy bacteria and contribute to leaky gut, in which undigested food escapes from the damaged intestinal wall and triggers system-wide inflammation.

Gut Health Testing and Functional Medicine Treatment

We provide functional testing options for the GI tract which includes some of the following; ​​

  • Comprehensive Stool testing and analysis

  • SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth) 

  • Fungal and Parasite Testing

  • Intestinal Permeability 

  • Food Intolerance testing 

  • Urinary Organic Acids Test

The results from some of the testing can help with digestive disorders and gut health-related conditions such as:

  • Irritable Bowel Disease (IBS)

  • Inflammatory markers

  • Food intolerances 

  • H Pylori

  • IBD disorder (Crohn's/Ulcerative Colitis)

  • Digestive Enzyme Secretions

  • Parasitic Infections 

Prescription

Treatment Approach

We take a functional medicine approach to gut healing that starts with the four Rs:

  • Remove unhealthy bacteria and foods that unbalance the microbiome

  • Replace the digestive enzymes needed for digestion 

  • Reinoculate with probiotics and prebiotics - foods and supplements that nourish and sustain a healthy environment for the good bacteria

  • Repair the lining of the gut wall, which have likely become permeable and release partially digested food into the bloodstream 

We also treat and regularly clear chronic symptoms such as bloating,  constipation, heartburn, diarrhoea, distension and abdominal pain. Functional Medicine and nutrition can play a significant role in diagnosis and treatment in relation to gut dysfunction.

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