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Digestive Health

A digestive wellness consultation might help you get back on your path to digestive wellness.

Digestive health treatments | Meyer Clinic

Root Cause

Do you live with any of the following symptoms?

  • Constipation, diarrhoea, cramping, bloating, gas or wind, acid reflux, leaky gut (intestinal permeability) or food intolerance

Or struggle with any of the following conditions?

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Coeliac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease, Diverticulitis, Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)

One of the most common reasons for visiting a GP is for digestive or gastrointestinal symptoms. A digestive wellness consultation might help you get back on your path to digestive wellness.

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Our diet has changed dramatically in the last 50 years and in conjunction with some medications, foreign travel, stress and even the way we were born, our gut microbiome may not be as robust as it should be. Our Nutritional Therapist Dominique Ludwig tries to tackle the root cause of your digestive problems rather than simply dealing with the symptoms.

Identifying triggers such as small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), parasitic infections, food intolerance or allergy, inflammation, poor bacterial diversity or yeast overgrowth may help to reduce symptoms and restore normal bowel function. Nutritional therapy aims to restore the balance in the microbiome to build strength from the inside out.

At Meyer Clinic, our team is trained in functional testing, should your health issues be more complex, and we would advise booking in for a consultation with one of our specialists. We can offer a range of testing including highly sensitive stool testing, food allergy and intolerance testing as well as SIBO testing. We can also test for gluten and wheat sensitivity if required.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome can be a severe condition and is one of the main reasons for visiting a GP. Symptoms include abdominal pain, cramping, bloating and swelling of the abdomen, excessive gas, diarrhoea and/or constipation.

IBS tends to be a cluster of symptoms for which there is no standard treatment which can leave many patients feeling let down and frustrated. This is because there is not only one cause, but rather a number of triggers that can make the condition worse.

At Meyer Clinic, we help to identify your main triggers and tackle the root of the problem to help relieve your symptoms and rebalance your gut microbiome.

Some people find relief from their gastrointestinal symptoms on the FODMAP diet. At Meyer Clinic, we are qualified to help you follow programme. FODMAP is an acronym for Fermentable-Oligosaccharides-Disaccharides-Monosaccharides and Polyols. These are specific carbohydrates that occur naturally in foods that may lead to fermentation in the intestines.

The FODMAP diet was developed at the Monash University in Melbourne and has helped many people suffering with IBS to identify their food triggers. This protocol involves an elimination diet followed by reintroduction. To work successfully, the diet is best used alongside measure to rebalance the gut microbiome and help repair any damage the gut wall.

The two major conditions in IBD are: Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Crohn’s Disease is an inflammatory bowel condition that is autoimmune in origin. It causes inflammation to the digestive system. It can occur at any point of the digestive system, but is most common in the ileum (end of the small intestine) or the colon (large intestine).

Ulcerative Colitis or UC is a condition that causes inflammation and ulceration of the inner lining of the rectum and colon or large intestine. In UC ulcers develop on the surface of the lining and these may bleed and produce mucus. This can lead to severe pain.

We use an integrated approach at the Meyer Clinic to support IBD. This may include immune support, food intolerance testing, detailed dietary change for different stages of the condition as well as lifestyle changes and sometimes food supplements.

Gastroesophageal Reflux disease, or GORD or acid reflux, is a very common digestive disorder that occurs when stomach acid, and sometimes bile, refluxes or flows back into the oesophagus and mouth.

Although the most common symptom associated with reflux is heartburn, there are a number of other symptoms which can affect those suffering with this condition, such as difficulty in swallowing, a persistent dry cough, dry throat or hoarseness, chest pain, erosion of tooth enamel or difficulties in breathing.

There are a number of underlying reasons for acid reflux and identifying the root cause may help to improve people’s daily symptoms and quality of life.

The small intestine should only be home to a small number of gut bacteria. Most of the gut bacteria should reside in the colon or large intestine. In the case of Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) and abnormally large number of bacteria inhabit the small intestine.

SIBO can often be overlooked, but can be a contributing factor in a number of health condition including IBS (bloating, gas, pain, distention) as well as acid reflux, acne, rosacea, fibromyalgia and even chronic fatigue.

At Meyer Clinic, we offer hydrogen and methane SIBO testing as well as bespoke nutritional programmes to support this condition.

Diverticula are small, bulging pouches that can form in the lining of the digestive system. In some cases, one or more of the pouches can become inflamed or infected. This is known as Diverticulitis.

Alongside medical intervention, dietary changes may help to relieve the symptoms of an inflamed intestine, reduce inflammation and enable the onset of the healing process.

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