Digestive health, IBS & SIBO

Do experience any of the following?

  • Bloating
  • Excess gas
  • Constipation, diarrhea, or loose stools
  • Urgency (needing to go NOW)
  • Heartburn
  • Discomfort after eating
  • Excess burping

These are all common symptoms we work with as naturopathic doctors. Whether these symptoms have only started recently, or if they’ve been part of your life for as long as you can remember, we’re here to support you and help you feel better.

Digestive health is critical for overall health. If digestion is not optimized, the consequences may include lack of energy, general discomfort, nutrient deficiencies, increased inflammation, and increased risk of chronic disease.

Impaired digestive health is also associated with many conditions such as autoimmune disorders, skin conditions, allergies, mental illness, hormone imbalances, fatty liver, and more.

IBS

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is often used as a catch-all term for digestive problems that don’t have a clear cause. Unfortunately, without a clear cause, many IBS patients feel like they need to “just live with it”.

In reality, IBS symptoms can be due to a variety of different factors. When we unravel the story of what’s going on in the digestive tract, patients are usually able to begin their journey toward significant relief.

As naturopathic doctors, we regularly work with those who have either been formally diagnosed with IBS and those who suspect they may have IBS.

 

SIBO

 Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth is now understood to be the cause of many IBS cases. As its name implies, SIBO involves an excess of bacteria in the small intestine. In a healthy digestive tract, there are very few bacteria in the small intestine, so when bacteria flourish here it causes problems.

Depending on exactly which bacteria are growing in the small intestine, symptoms can vary and may include chronic diarrhea, constipation, or both.  Often there is bloating, gas, or burping after eating, due to the bacteria in the small intestine fermenting food into gases.

SIBO can be an underlying contributor to many health conditions, such as autoimmune diseases, rosacea, fatty liver, and interstitial cystitis.

Speak to one of our naturopathic doctors about your digestion and to discuss if SIBO testing and treatment is appropriate for you.

Other digestive conditions

 We also help patients with the following:

  • GERD/ Heartburn
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Candida overgrowth
  • Sensitive Stomach
  • Leaky Gut (multiple sensitivities)

Testing Available

Specialized testing can help identify the cause and condition of digestive illness.   Some of the testing we offer relating to digestive health at our Calgary clinic include:

  • IgG testing for food and environmental sensitivities.
  • Elimination/ Re-challenge diets.
  • GI Map Testing
  • Comprehensive Stool Analysis
  • Organic Acid Testing (O.A.T.)

Book your next naturopathic appointment now! Call us at 403-542-3763

or use our online booking system to book your next session in our Calgary clinic.

Enriching lives naturally.

1025 1 Ave NE. Calgary, AB, T2E 9C6