The primary role of the digestive system is to digest food and absorb nutrients to allow the body to function well. Our gut also plays an essential part in our immune system. 70% of our immune system is based in our colon. To function, the gastrointestinal tract (GI tract) optimally depends on billions of bacteria. The beneficial bacteria protect against pathogenic bacteria that are ingested and helps maintain regular muscular activity in the intestinal tract. When the balance of bacteria is off or disordered by digestive conditions, the gut affects the body in various ways.
What are the causes of digestive disorders?
The primary cause of various chronic diseases of the digestive system is food allergies or intolerances. In most cases, immune responses to specific food selections or a combination of different foods are the cause of an unbalanced or disordered GI tract. With the amount of food fads, the seasonal availability of foodstuff and our lack of time in daily life, we are continually ingesting a diet rich in refined foods, fat, sugar and additives focused on meats and dairy products. As we age, the body’s ability to produce enzymes essential for the proper breakdown of foods decreases. This poor diet combined with excessive medication intake and poor eating habits may result in inadequate stomach acid and/or enzyme production, upsetting the balance in the gut and making us prone to inflammation of the sections of the digestive tract and digestive disorders.
So, what are the symptoms of digestive disorders?
There are various easily recognisable symptoms of gastrointestinal conditions:
- Heartburn, or acid reflux
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal pain or cramping
But why should I consider The Aesthetics Centre for treatment of digestive disorders?
At The Aesthetics Centre, we do an in-depth clinical evaluation into the status of each patients gut health, searching for a root cause of their symptoms. We focus on eliminating toxins and irritants. We also prioritise increasing enzyme production, testing for sufficient stomach acid levels and enhancing the balance in the gut flora to restore the gut’s natural absorption of nutrients.
We understand the individuality of each patient. No two people are alike. We all have small differences in our bodies, genetics, lifestyle and diet. There are no “one-size fits all” when it comes to our treatments approach. Since symptoms are rarely from an isolated issue, we treat holistically. We don’t treat blindly and use extensive medical questionnaires, clinical assessments and blood tests to determine the most beneficial treatment.
We also believe in prevention before cure and aim to combat deficiencies that lead to gastrointestinal disease. When possible, we aim to support the body with natural alternatives and turn to an extensive range of treatment modalities such as person-specific supplementation, advanced intravenous infusions, and lifestyle interventions together with medication (if necessary) when planning treatment.