Digestive Health

Digestive Health and Support - Lincoln, Nebraska

Good digestive health is the foundation of a healthy body. Digestive problems can lead to allergies, arthritis, autoimmune disease, rashes, acne, chronic fatigue, mood disorders, dementia, cancer... and more. Having a healthy gut is about much more than eliminating gas and heartburn, it's about total health. Your digestive tract is connected to every cell in your body. Every day we feed our bodies foods and encounter toxins that make the digestive system's job very difficult, and that impacts your overall health.

Digestive Health and Support

What this means in practical terms is that digestive health problems are your body's way of telling you something is wrong. Symptoms are gas, bloating, or not having daily bowel movements. Or it could be more severe-you get ill after eating certain foods, you have low energy or exhaustion, you break out in hives, you have eczema, or you have migraine headaches. You don't have to live that way, the good news is that by getting to the root causes of your GI dysfunction and coming up with a holistic plan to address them, you can feel better.

The most common digestive health issues are:

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Intestinal permeability (Leaky gut)
  • Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth
  • Chronic constipation
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Diarrhea

WHAT IS LEAKY GUT (INTESTINAL PERMIABILITY)?

“If you’ve been around the natural health world very long, you’ve probably heard of a condition known as leaky gut syndrome.  There are several leaky gut symptoms to be aware of, which is particularly important since leaky gut is associated with dozens of related conditions and diseases.  Symptoms may include, bloating, gas, irritable bowel syndrome to name a few or you could be symptom free in the beginning stages.  As more Americans are affected by poor diet choices, chronic stress, toxic overload and bacterial imbalance, it appears that the prevalence of leaky gut has reached epidemic proportions. The traditional medical profession is just now agreeing this condition may even exist.

For many people, healing digestive problems is more complicated than just eating a healthy diet. As a board certified Functional Medicine practitioner, Debbie Reynolds, nurse practitioner, frequently starts by assessing gut health. She helps people all over the country get to the root cause of GI dysfunction and reclaim their digestive health. You may need to be tested for celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, Candida overgrowth, H pylori, parasites, food sensitivities and other possible issues. Then she works together with the patient to develop a plan that will help reclaim your health.

Tips for Restoring Your Digestive Health

  • Eat high-fiber foods, lots of organic fruits and veggies
  • Consume probiotic foods or take a medical grade probiotic supplement
  • Drink at least 100 ounces of water a day (Preferably Kangen alkaline water)
  • Reduce stress levels-Stress can contribute to symptoms such as cramping, bloating, constipation and diarrhea (irritable bowel syndrome). You can help control your stress levels by engaging in regular physical movement, meditating, yoga and breathing techniques.
  • Stop smoking and other bad habits. It is widely known that smoking can contribute to a variety of health issues, including digestive problems. Smoking cigarettes may increase the likelihood of acid reflux and can lead stomach ulcers and heartburn. In addition, excessive liquor and caffeine consumption can lead to digestive health problems.

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