1. Take strong digestive enzymes
Many people with chronic gas, bloating, reflux, food reactions, diarrhea, or constipation are not making enough pancreatic digestive enzymes.
Enzymes help us to break down our carbs, fats, and some of our proteins in our food.
Without enough enzymes, bad bacteria can ferment these unbroken-down foods for their own growth.
Adding an enzyme supplement can help with proper motility, can firm loose stool, help you to tolerate more foods, and can reduce gas and bloating.
While you may have already tried digestive enzymes, often I see that people either haven’t taken a strong enough formula, or haven’t taken enough of a dose to see optimum benefit.
My favorite enzyme product is Dipan 9 by Thorne Research. Most people do well with 1-2 caps per meal, but some people actually need as many as 4 caps per meal to get noticeable results.
Always start at the lowest dose, and increase slowly, listening to your body and observing for changes.
2. Remove gluten, dairy, eggs, and processed sugar if you haven’t already
Diet modifications are the best way to begin to stop the pain coming from your gut and begin the healing process.
There’s plenty of articles on my site, and on other sites, showing the power of this.
So if you haven’t started already, please begin now.
It will be one of the first things I talk to you about on our consult.
Over and over people ask if they can “just have a little”. Can you be a just a little pregnant? No. It’s the same for most of the foods you are sensitive to.
If you are having digestive issues, I know that pain plus the removal of some comfort foods can add further pain, but it’s the first step and totally worth it once you add the others I’ve outlined on this page.
At the end of the day I want you to be eating a fun, delicious, nutrient dense diet and until we figure out exactly what you are reacting too, I have to make blanket statements like this.
The goal for you (and me) is to reintroduce any foods you want as long as you don’t have pain and inflammation as a result of eating them.
3. Find the root causes of your digestive symptoms
While the above steps can help you feel better NOW, ultimately, to solve gut symptoms for good, you have to identify and treat the root causes of your imbalance.
Most women with digestive issues have several of the 7 common root causes (outlined below), that if addressed thoroughly, stop the symptoms in their tracks.
Often, women feel better after finding these root causes because they finally know what exactly is causing their pain.
The relief that women feel when they connect a test result to the pain and symptoms they feel in their body is liberating.
In my 15 years of practice, I’ve seen time and time again that if we identify the sources of your digestive symptoms and IBS, we can treat them and the issue is resolved for good.
This same approach is what I used to heal my own gut and hormone problems as well.