What are Gastrointestinal Disorders?

Gastrointestinal disorders comprise diseases affecting the entire GI tract and include:

  • Celiac Disease
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Diverticulitis and Diverticulosis
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Irritabel Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Ulcerative Colitis

These disorders are very widespread affecting between 60 to 70 million people with certain GI diagnoses, especially Celiac, also on the rise. IBS in particular is one of the most common disorders seen by medical doctors.

Symptoms of Gastrointestinal Disorders

With the great variety of gastrointestinal diseases, the symptoms also vary widely and comprise:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Belching
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Decreased Appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas
  • Heartburn/Reflux
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Weight Loss

Many people experience a combination of symptoms and sometimes an alternation of opposing symptoms such as frequent constipation followed by a bout of diarrhea.

Nutrition Therapy for Gastrointestinal Disorders

Nutrition is intimately related to the health of the GI tract. With gastrointestinal disease comes problems with digestion and absorption of nutrients. Over time, if suboptimal nutrition results, this creates a cycle of poor digestive function which leads to worsening of the disease and symptoms. Certain nutrients can also play a role in either promoting or preventing disease.

We see nutrition as therapy and know that food plays a therapeutic role in managing GI disorders. Diet, specialty testing, and supplementation all come into play as we seek to heal the gut, reduce and remove symptoms while improving quality of life.