If the bowels are not functioning properly this can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety for suffers. If your digestive system is something that is constantly on your mind, then it is an issue. You shouldn’t have to be thinking or worrying about how little or how often you open your bowels each day, or even each week. There are more fun things in life to be focussing on than poo.
The digestive system is now known to have more functions than once thought. How well we use our bowels can have an impact on our overall health, wellbeing and mood.
Not only can a weak digestive system lead to a feeling of sluggishness, bloating, discomfort, gas or even embarrassment, it can also lead to mal-absorption, poor immunity, inflammation and depression.
It has been found that Gastrointestinal (GI) bacteria produce up to 95% of our bodies supply of serotonin which influences our mood and overall gut activity (Carpenter, 2013). The microflora of the GI also directly affects our immune system. If the flora of the gut is not in balance, then the bad bugs will take over. This can lead to inflammation and poor immunity (Nobuhiko, K., et al. 2013).
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You’ve probably heard that you need to drink more water, take probiotics, eat well and include more fibre into your diet. Whilst this can be true, some people seem to suffer constipation, diarrhoea or both, no matter what they do.
Digestive disorders can be caused by a whole range of internal issues including: Poor diet, stress, antibiotic use and pregnancy. Regular laxative use can also cause the bowels to become sluggish and reliant on bowel movers.
Parasites can be an issue too; a simple poo test can rule this issue out. It would be strongly advised to be tested if you have constant loose bowels that never seem to abate.
There are other ways to improve your gut function and regulate your bowels. Wholistic Medicine looks at the underlying causes leading to the presenting digestive disorder and determines a course of action based on your individual diagnosis. Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Naturopathy can implement herbs to strengthen or move the Gastrointestinal tract (GIT). Colonics can also be implemented to clean out the bowel and work especially well with either Naturopathy or Chinese Herbal Medicine. All these modalities are available at Samsara, our practitioners are also very passionate about gut health.
If you are suffering from digestive issues, please read our practitioner information to determine which modality resonates with you.
Carpenter, S. (2012). That Gut Feeling. American Psychological Association (43)8. Retrieved on 21/02/2020 from: https://www.apa.org/monitor/2012/09/gut-feeling
Nobuhiko, K., Sang-Uk, S., Grace Y, C. et al. (2013). Role of the gut microbiota in immunity and inflammatory disease. Nature Reviews Immunity (13) 335. Retrieved on 21/02/2020 from: http://www.ufjf.br/imunologia/files/2009/05/Flavia-Role-of-the-gut-microbiota-in.pdf
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