Digestion

by Dr. Amanda Childress, PharmD

THE BASICS OF POOR DIGESTION
Digestion is the process by which your body breaks down the food, absorbs the components of the food, and then eliminates unusable or waste material material.
Any breakdown in this system can create problems for the body. Possible symptoms of poor digestion are bloating, constipation, diarrhea, cramping, weigh gain, heartburn (or acid reflux) and loss of appetite. Other symptoms less well known caused by poor digestion are arthritis, skin problems, and allergies.

HOW DOES IT START
Eating the wrong food for your body is usually the start of digestive symptoms. Many people develop digestive problems from eating foods that they have sensitivities to, as well as eating refined sugar and other processed foods. The chemicalization of our food is a big culprit.
Other potential causes for signs of poor digestion are a history of heavy antibiotic use, exposure to toxins, hormonal imbalance or infection with parasites or other microbes.

WHEN SHOULD I SEE A NUTRITION RESPONSE TESTING PRACTITIONER?
There’s several reasons why someone may experience poor digestion. If you are having symptoms, the next step is to find out what factor, or combination of factors may be causing your distress.
It is important to have a well-functioning digestive system so your body gets the nutrition it needs to thrive from the foods you eat. All nourishment and healing begins in the stomach.

HOW WILL THE NUTRITIONAL HEALING CENTER HANDLE MY DIGESTION?
The types of foods you eat dramatically affect the functioning and symptoms of the digestive system. The NHCAA practitioners help you to figure out which foods are good for your body and which should be avoided. There are also many nutritional supplements they can recommend to help your body to properly digest food. They also look for particular organ dysfunction. The gall bladder, stomach, pancreas and intestines all have different kinds of tissues and require different supplements for better function. We find organs that need help and supply organ specific nutrients for optimal repair. Contact us today to learn more about our digestive system treatment in Ann Arbor.

Here are what some patients say about their experience in handling their digestion and other issues at NHCAA

HUGE DIFFERENCE WITH MY DIGESTIVE TRACK; FEELING HAPPY ONCE AGAIN

Rita Cruz

I was having digestive problems- very bloated and uncomfortable all the time; Hormone imbalances- feeling sad and unable to sleep; Joint pain all over, especially at night.

Huge difference with my digestive track; Moods very much improved; Feeling “happy” once again; joint pain decreased dramatically! Individual results may vary.

I FEEL BETTER, HAVE MORE ENERGY, AND HAVE BEEN SHEDDING WEIGHT I DIDN’T KNOW I NEEDED TO LOSE

Betsy Finn

Betsy Finn, her children and Dr. Schmidt

Betsy Finn, her children and Dr. Schmidt

I was having issues with my digestion – whatever I ate irritated my gut and I had IBS-like symptoms, including diarrhea that kept me from being comfortable leaving the house. My traditional physician, the first time this occurred, attributed it to a C. Diff. overgrowth and put me on powerful antibiotics to kill it; and recommended the BRATY diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, yogurt). While this didn’t help, I did find relief through prebiotics, kefir, and yogurt the first time. I didn’t want another round of antibiotics this time so came to NHCAA.

As long as I pay attention to what I eat (low carb, low sugar), my symptoms are all but gone. I feel better, have more energy, and have been shedding weight I didn’t know I needed to lose (without effort or exercise). I feel much better!

Individual results may vary

I HAVE BEEN FEELING MUCH BETTER

Mary Hancock

digestive problems, not sleeping well

Mary Hancock with Kerry Cradit

I was having digestive problems and not feeling good and not sleeping well. I felt down a lot and low energy.

I have been feeling much better. My digestive problems have decreased and I have energy!

Individual results may vary