By Alane Archer, ND, CNC
Can we get real for a moment and discuss something no one really wants to talk about? Gut health is such a private thing for many. Some people get all backed up and constipated that they feel so full and bloated most of the time. Other people suffer from diarrhea, and they are usually looking for the nearest bathroom, just in case. This is no way to live! There are simple causes and solutions for both diarrhea and constipation. Yes, I do understand how you feel. My symptoms started in 5th grade and lasted until my mid-30s when I finally figured my gut out. Sometimes I was so constipated I would only poop once a week and other times I had to cancel trips out or plans due to exhaustion of diarrhea. But that was my PAST, and it can be your PAST too!
First, let’s discuss food. Did you know that the food you are eating may be the #1 cause AND the solution of your diarrhea and/or constipation? YUP! For me, it was gluten and dairy, once I removed gluten from my diet my stomach calmed down. Dairy I can tolerate once in a while, but I try not to eat it too often. But to my surprise with IGG / IGE testing, there were other foods, even healthy foods that were also the causes of my gut symptoms. I have seen test results show up lettuce, corn, beef, chicken, nuts, vanilla, chocolate, etc. And the IgG / IgE test results are different for everyone. When I eat corn or beef I don’t have diarrhea or constipation but I do feel bloated and like I gained 10 pounds overnight.
Second, let’s discuss what is in the gut. I went the traditional route for most of my childhood, teen years and young adult years. I even took a few medications to stop diarrhea and constipation symptoms. But as I got older and learned about getting to the root cause of things to find the best solution I changed my ways. Our comprehensive stool tests can also identify the causes of diarrhea and / or constipation. For instance, maybe there is a dysbiotic (harmful) bacteria in your gut, perhaps there is a parasite, or maybe you merely lack good or helpful bacteria . Many times I see bad bacteria levels high and good bacteria levels low in test results. Sometimes there is leaky gut and other times the solution is to take digestive enzymes. But I am not about guessing, life is too short, I just want to get people the answers and the best solution to their symptoms!
You do NOT have to except diarrhea and/ or constipation as a way of life!
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