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GI/Digestive Disorders

Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders run the gambit from inconvenient to debilitating. Some you’re born with, others you acquire, and all you can do something to help.

Digestive Discomfort: Gas, GERD and IBS

Gas, bloating and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can be caused by a few things, and what you eat can make a big difference. We’ll talk about the foods you’re eating which trigger the symptoms, and what to do to avoid it. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), aka “heartburn,” causes a burning sensation near your heart from food and stomach acid moving from the stomach into the esophagus. This can make eating unpleasant and painful, but there are some simple nutritional measures that can be taken to limit or even stop it. Whether your problem is gas or GERD, we’ll talk about what’s physically happening to cause the problem, discuss the role of stomach acid (GERD), and create a plan of diet and select nutritional supplements to remedy the problem.

Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance

Incidence of Celiac Disease, an autoimmune disorder preventing gluten digestion (a protein found in wheat, barley and rye), is quickly growing as awareness increases. If you’ve been recently diagnosed with Celiac Disease, being told you suddenly can no longer eat staples like bread, pasta and beer is probably overwhelming. What’s left to eat???

That’s where I can help.

We’ll go over your symptoms and current diet, and discuss substitutions you can make. Since going gluten-free means more than just swapping staples for gluten-free alternatives, I’ll emphasize food choices that are naturally gluten-free – things like meats and vegetables – so you’ll still enjoy food, and won’t cry in the grocery store. We’ll come up with some sample meal ideas, and I can also take you on a grocery store tour to point out good products. As the founder and leader of Seacoast Gluten-Free, I will also arm you with resources – books, recipes, support groups – to make the transition as painless as possible.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis

Although Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are two different disorders, they both fall under the Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) category as they share similar symptoms, dietary treatments, and potential for life debilitating pain. We’ll meet a few times and go over your medical history, symptoms, and identify any trigger foods. Once we figure out where you are, we’ll create a plan to help improve your symptoms. This plan is highly individual, and can range from eliminating trigger foods to consuming specific carbohydrates (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) to carefully chosen supplements like probiotics and enzymes to enhance digestion, ease elimination, and soothe irritation.

Liver Diseases

The liver is one of the most critical organs in the body as it does darned near everything for us – processes food, packages fats, makes glucose, stores nutrients, eliminates toxins. So when something wrecks havoc on liver, it’s important to address the problem. Some liver disorders are caused by diet and lifestyle (NASH, etc), some by viruses (hepatitis), and some by other things. The good news is, the liver has a wonderful ability to regenerate itself.

We’ll talk about your diagnosis, health history, diet and lifestyle. From there, we will create a plan to support your liver so it can heal. This may include changes to your food, support for the immune system, some carefully chosen plant medicines and nutrients, or any combination there of.