Dealing with Digestive Issues
Naturopathic Doctors are experts in addressing digestive issues. By getting to the root cause of the problem, gastrointestinal issues can often be resolved with naturopathic treatment.
Dr. Andresen successfully treats a variety of digestive complaints in her naturopathic practice. Gastrointestinal concerns addressed include constipation, diarrhea, gas and bloating, crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, heartburn, food sensitivities, gastritis and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Effective treatment for digestive issues requires a thorough initial assessment to correctly diagnose the concern as well as the underlying factors. In addition to food sensitivities, high or low stomach acid, low pancreatic enzyme secretion, dysbiosis and/or inflammation often play a role.
Clinically, we find that IBS in particular is a diagnosis of exclusion, meaning that once all other known gastrointestinal conditions have been ruled out, IBS is the diagnosis that is often given to explain gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, stomach pain. However, IBS is not a root cause diagnosis and once food sensitivities have been addressed along with stomach acid, enzyme secretion and inflammation, “IBS” symptoms subside.
Identifying Food Sensitivities
It can be difficult to figure out which foods are causing digestive problems. Typically two options are available to make this easier, one is an elimination diet and the second is a lab test for 96 foods.
The elimination diet requires the patient to adhere to a restricted diet for 2-3 weeks. During this time common problematic foods are removed. Afterwards, the foods are systematically added back in to identify the unique foods that are causing symptoms. This process can take another 3-4 weeks.
Alternatively, there is a blood test available that can assess a person’s immune reaction to foods. The IgG Food Sensitivity Test for 96 Foods measures IgG antibodies that can be produced in response to foods. Research has shown the removing IgG reactive foods can alleviate gastrointestinal symptoms as well as improve migraines, mood and ADHD symptoms.
Book your appointment with Dr. Andresen and discover how naturopathic medicine can effectively treat your digestive concerns.