Improved Digestion and Absorption in Vancouver
Identifying the root cause of digestive imbalance
Our ability to digest and absorb the nutrients we eat is determined by the health of the digestive system, nervous system, and immune system.
At Integrative, we recognize the huge role our gut health plays in our overall health - mind, body, and spirit. We assess every patient individually, identifying the root causes of their digestive imbalances, and formulating a unique treatment plan to move them towards optimal health.
Signs and Symptoms of Poor Digestive Imbalance
Imbalances in our digestive system have been linked to a wide variety of symptoms and conditions. We are what we eat - and what we absorb. If our gut isn’t functioning optimally, our entire body is deprived of what it needs. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or conditions, you may benefit from improving how your body digests and absorbs nutrients:
- Gas, bloating, belching, nausea
- Abdominal pain or discomfort
- Diarrhea, constipation, or alternating bouts of both
- IBS-C, IBS-D
- Ileocecal valve syndrome
- Autoimmune conditions, such as Celiac disease, multiple sclerosis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and Graves’ disease
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), such as Crohn’s and Colitis
- Iron deficiency anemia
- B12 deficiency
- Depression, anxiety
- Neurodegenerative disorders, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s
- Chronic pain
An Integrative Approach To Improving Digestive Imbalance
At Integrative, our treatment protocols vary with each patient based on their symptoms, history, and lifestyle. We aim to identify the root cause - the core imbalances that are interfering with your body’s ability to digest and absorb nutrients.
Your doctor will recommend testing methods to identify the root cause. These methods may include:
What does your first visit look like?
Your first visit is the opportunity for you to share your health goals, and for your doctor to gather vital health information that will help them to determine the root cause of your health concerns and the best treatment plan for you.
Complete Medical & Lifestyle History
Your doctor will take a complete history, gathering details regarding your current and past health concerns, lifestyle, as well as current supplements and medications
If needed, your doctor will recommend additional tests, either at Integrative or with your medical doctor. They may requisition results from tests you’ve completed in the past.
Your doctor will likely recommend specific testing related to gastrointestinal health, such as a SIBO breath test, a comprehensive microbiome and stool analysis, or food sensitivity testing.
Your Digestive Health Treatment Plan
Every patient is unique. Your doctor will develop a treatment plan that addresses the root cause of your health concerns.
Your treatment plan may include a variety of tools, including:
To support hormone balance, your doctor may recommend that you eliminate foods you are sensitive to, emphasize certain macronutrients, or include specific micronutrients. They may incorporate visits with our Holistic Nutritionist to provide further support with a specific nutrition plan.
Your doctor may recommend specific herbal, nutritional, or energetic remedies, found in our Integrative Dispensary.