Restoring gastro-intestinal flora and function is not always cut and dried. There are some good places to start and probiotics are usually part of this, however sometimes the bacteria in the probiotic is not actually beneficial due to an over-abundance of it already present. This tends to be the Lactobacillus strain which is likely to indicate a high level of D- lactate appearing in a urine or stool sample. Sometimes bacteria in your gut also fail to process histamine and lead to a probiotic intolerance. Continue reading
Gastro-intestinal symptoms can be an issue from the time you are born, typically called colic until the time you pass away. It is understanding what can be done in between this time that makes the difference and improves your quality of life.
A diagnosis of irritable bowel is given when a clinician cannot explain why you have the symptoms you experience. Gluten allergy and inflammatory bowel disorders have been ruled out but you still suffer from a range of irritating signs that all is not right.
Digestion starts in the mouth where enzymes start to break down sugars and you mechanically break down food fibres to make less work for the stomach. The stomach pH is meant to be very low and acidic to aggressively dissolve foods and once it is of a consistency to pass through into the small intestine, alkalizing chemicals are pumped in to help nutralise pH so that damage does not occur in the small bowel. Food and the neurotransmitters in the brain such as serotonin trigger pancreatic enzymes to help target specific sugar, fat and protein breakdown to single cell molecules for absorption through the intestinal lining.