Research is beginning to confirm that poor gut health is an underlying cause of many digestive disorders and systemic diseases. While bacterial imbalances, intestinal permeability (“leaky gut”) and inflammation of the digestive tract can cause discomfort or pain, it can also reduce energy and nutrient supplies to other essential organs and systems compromising their function. For example, 70-80% of the immune system is located in the gastrointestinal tract, so when the gut is not performing properly your immune system can take a hit too. The gut is just as important for a healthy functioning nervous system and is often referred to as our “second brain”, with 90% of the body’s chemical messengers responsible for modulating mood produced in the belly.
Common signs or symptoms of poor gut health include:
- Abdominal pain
- Reflux and/or heartburn
- Excessive wind
- Food allergies, intolerances and sensitivities
- Nutrient malabsorption/chronic mineral and vitamin deficiencies
- Systemic inflammation
- Autoimmune conditions and suppressed immunity, including frequent illness and infection
- Skin issues like eczema or acne
- Anxiety and depression
At Morkare, we understand that experiencing digestive discomfort can be distressing and potentially debilitating. With so much information readily available and increasing amounts of research being conducted into gut health, it can be overwhelming trying to work out what is going on! We help our patients restore healthy gut function by identifying and removing individual triggers, making dietary and lifestyle changes personally tailored to you based on your symptoms and prescribing evidence-based nutritional supplements, homeopathy and herbs which effectively reduce inflammation and intestinal permeability, balance your microbiome (internal ecosystem) and support gut healing.