Trust Your Gut Instinct
By far the most commonly discussed ailments that we hear at Harmony relate to digestive health.
Everyone seems to have personal experiences with symptoms such as I.B.S, bloating, gas, indigestion, cramping, and constipation or diarrhea. Most often, we hear that these symptoms are left untreated, with the majority feeling as though these are ‘normal’ complaints that they have to live with.
Having a healthy digestive system is not only vital for quality of life, and something we all should strive for, but such symptoms often act as warning signs indicating that something is not right.
Understanding the root cause of these complaints is the first step in gaining control over our digestive health. Numerous causes are responsible for creating these symptoms, and whilst some are harmless and easily remedied, others may be more sinister and will require referral to a GP.
These can include:
- Unknown food intolerances (very common!)
- Medications (especially antibiotics)
- Stress (very common!)
- Crohns/ Leaky gut syndrome / Diverticulitis
- Poor diet (especially high in refined sugar, coffee, alcohol)
- Coeliac Disease (inability to breakdown the gluten protein)
- Parasites & Bacteria (commonly picked up whilst travelling abroad)
- Polyps and tumours
- Some cancers
Leaving these untreated puts us at risk of creating chronic inflammation throughout the body, leading to increased oxidative stress, insulin resistance/ increased fat deposits, and chronic infection. Further, allowing this damage to continue unresolved could create continued and more severe issues that will be less simple to treat.
This is where we call upon specialist investigating skills of qualified practitioners who are trained to identify the cause of symptoms, and will work to establish dietary treatments and supplemental support in establishing digestive harmony.
Did you know that 80% of our immune defence is based upon the integrity and health of our gastrointestinal system? This means that having poor digestion can not only lead to nutritional deficiencies and hormonal imbalances, but can also leave us more exposed to illness and disease.
New research has also highlighted the existence of a ‘gut and brain’ connection, meaning that mood disorders such as depression, stress, and anxiety could be a direct result of an ill digestive system and may often be remedied with simple dietary adjustments. We like that!