What is it?
Digestive healing involves preventing or healing leaky gut and treating gut dysbiosis (an overgrowth of “bad bugs”) in order to restore the mucosal lining and balance the microbiome. It is best to work with a well-trained practitioner who will help you:
- Eliminate food allergies: Test for allergies and sensitivities. You may need to cut out gluten, dairy, yeast, corn, soy, and eggs for a week or two and see how your gut feels and what happens to your other symptoms.
- Eat whole foods: Make sure to include plenty of fiber from unprocessed foods like vegetables, nuts & seeds.
- Treat any infections or overgrowth of bugs.Parasites, small bowel bacteria, and yeasts can all inhibit proper gut function. You must treat these infections if you want to heal.
- Replenish digestive enzymes.When you don’t have enough digestive enzymes in your gut, you can’t properly convert the foods you eat into the raw materials necessary to run your body and brain. Take broad-spectrum digestive enzymes with your food to solve the problem.
- Bring friendly bacteria back into your gut: Take the right probiotic supplements for your body. They will help rebuild the healthy bacteria so essential to good gut health.
- Eat good fats: Take extra omega-3 supplements, which help cool inflammationin the gut.
- Heal your gut lining.Use gut-healing nutrients such as glutamine and zinc to repair the lining in your gut so it can resume its normal function.
Who is it for?
Digestive healing supports cellular health and therefore works to both treat and prevent a range of conditions including but not exclusive to;
ADHD, Allergies, Anxiety, Asthma, Autism, Behaviour, Cancer, Celiac, Chronic Fatigue, Depression, Diabetes, Digestive Disorders, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Eating Disorders, Eczema, Food Intolerances, Heart Disease, Infections, Learning Delay, Obesity, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Pyroluria, Schizophrenia, Sensory Integration, Speech-Language Delay.
In sick people digestive healing can lead to improved immunity. In a healthy person (with accumulating toxins), it can prevent disease.
Children can especially benefit from digestive healing (which can improve cellular health) during important periods of mental and physical development.
What are the costs?
Costs of Digestive Healing vary and are best assessed by a skilled specialist practitioner. They might include consulting fees, lab tests, supplements, books, special foods and consulting from an allied professional (e.g. nutritionist).
Where can I find a practitioner?
Finding a well-trained specialist requires research. These practitioners might be known as Biomedical, Orthomolecular or Functional Medicine specialists. You can reference the lists below for one in your area and should consider checking references and interviewing several before you select one.
The World Anti-Aging Academy of Medicine can help you find biomedical practitioners throughout the world.
The American Academy of Anti-Aging has a directory of doctors, spas, clinics and products that support biomedical treatments for all disease.
The American College for the Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) trains practitioners in complementary, alternative and integrative medicine. which incorporates Biomedicine.
Australia & New Zealand
The Australian College of Nutritional & Environmental Medicine (ACNEM) trains practitioners in Nutritional & Environmental Medicine (incorporating Biomedicine) in Australia and New Zealand.
The Australasian Integrative Medical Association (AIMA) has a membership of Biomedical Practitioners in Australia & New Zealand.
Mindd Foundation trains practitioners in Integrative Healthcare and Biomedicine in Australia and New Zealand.
Where Can I Find Support?
- Gut and Psychology Syndrome, Dr Natasha Campbell McBride
- The Autism Revolution, Dr Martha Herbert, PhD
- Primal Mind, Primal Body, Nora Gedgaudas
- Healing Foods, Sandra Ramacher
- Practical Paleo, Diane Sanfilippo
What’s Biomedical Treatment (Generation Rescue)