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The 5 Great R’s

Great gut health starts with proper digestion. Many people suffer from poor digestion and gut related conditions. When treating the digestive tract, we keep these 5R’s in mind.

REMOVE – Remove all food sensitivities.

REPLACE – In order for your digestion to work you may need to replace your digestive juices. These may include digestive enzymes and stomach acid.

REINTRODUCE – Your digestive tract is filled with friendly intestinal bacteria. Poor intestinal flora can lead to many digestive symptoms as well as yeast infections, canker sores and diarrhea. Good bacteria help to keep yeast and harmful bacteria out of our systems. Anyone who takes antibiotics should be using probiotics to replenish their gut.

REGENERATE – Part of having a finely tuned digestive tract is having healthy cells that line the tract. Demulcent herbs such as marshmallow root and slippery elm can help to soothe an irritated tract. L-glutamine is an important amino acid to nourish the cells in your gut. Whether your gut-related problems have you just a little uncomfortable or doubled over in pain, practicing the four R’s will help you achieve the fifth: RECOVERY! Visit A New Leaf and we’ll help you heal your digestive tract.

IBS or SIBO

It is thought that as many as 20% of the Canadians suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Symptoms can vary, but include gas, bloating, cramping, constipation and or diarrhea and mucous in stool. There is now evidence that supports that disturbances in the bacteria that populate the intestine play a role in IBS. Patients with SIBO, which stands for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, show the same symptoms as those who suffer from IBS! Diagnosis of SIBO is done through a breath test where the presence of Hydrogen and or Methane gas in the breath is present form these bacteria. If found positive, a treatment plan will be made up to to eliminate the bad bacteria in the gut. This is commonly done with both herbs and or antibiotics.

The doctors at A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic offers diagnosis and treatment for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. Come see if your IBS is actually SIBO.