The digestive system is also known as the gastrointestinal tract, GI tract or gut. This system includes a 30 foot long tube-like structure that incorporates everything from the mouth to the anus, and includes the supporting organs (liver, gall bladder, pancreas) that aid in digestion by producing digestive enzymes, bile, hydrochloric acid, bicarbonate and regulatory hormones.
Important Functions of the Digestive System
Factors That Effect Digestion
Digestive distress is so common that almost everyone experiences it at one time or another but many people experience symptoms daily. High levels of stress, poor eating habits, lack of healthy bacteria in the GI tract can all contribute. At Crossing Back to Health, we focus on functional medicine that can help treat ailments generally ignored by traditional medicine.
People of all ages get diarrhea. Most people get diarrhea occasionally and get over it quickly and without any intervention. Other times it is more chronic and is a reflection of an underlying unresolved stress.
Some of the root causes of diarrhea include:
We help people with diarrhea every day because we address the underlying causes and correct them. We can help you too.
Bowel habits vary for each person but when you have trouble passing stool, or have infrequent stools (less than 3 per week), or pain with bowel movements, you are likely constipated. People tend to feel bloated, sluggish and lack optimal energy when they are constipated. Children who get constipated tend to have worse behavior during these times. Think about the toxic waste that your body is trying to get rid of – the longer this waste stays in the GI tract the more likely you are to be affected by them.
There are a variety of correctable factors that can create constipation.
By utilizing functional medicine, there are lots of options to help with constipation naturally. Identifying what is creating the constipation helps us to help you.
Heartburn or Acid Reflux is that burning you feel in your chest when stomach acid goes up instead of down as it should – that’s the rebellious part. It can be intermittent or can become chronic. It can even lead to changes in the esophagus that predispose people to cancer of the esophagus.
Symptoms may include:
There are effective natural solutions for heartburn. You can start feeling better today.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome or “IBS” is recurrent diarrhea lasting more than 3 months that tends to have a sudden onset with lower abdomen cramping and bloating followed by sudden watery diarrhea. It can be very embarrassing and uncomfortable. The cause is unknown but there are aggravating factors that can be identified. When corrected with functional medicine, the result is resolution of the IBS without the use of medications.
Factors that can influence IBS include:
When you worry about where you can find a bathroom no matter where you go, it is time to get help. At Crossing Back to Health, we use the most up to date research and functional medicine in order to help you. We won’t let you down.