Angela Anderson
Digestive Wellness
Where Health Takes Root
Embark on a journey into the intricate world of digestion, where we unravel its profound impact on overall wellness. Delve into the nuances of this vital process, understanding how it influences not just our energy levels but also the resilience of our immune system. Together, we'll navigate through common digestive challenges, offering practical, holistic solutions to enhance digestive wellness. From embracing mindful eating habits to integrating nurturing lifestyle practices, we'll empower you to foster a flourishing gut, the cornerstone of vibrant health.
Heartburn, Acid Reflux, GERD
Understanding Heartburn and GERD: A Comprehensive Guide

Heartburn manifests as a burning sensation in the chest, often occurring after meals and caused by stomach acid refluxing into the esophagus. This common issue affects millions globally and, if not properly managed, can lead to significant discomfort and complications. It used to be thought that too much stomach acid was the primary cause of heartburn, but we now know that too little stomach acid is more often the cause. Either the food is sitting in the digestive system too long because there is not enough stomach acid to break it down or the lower esophageal valve is not malfunctioning and fails to keep the content of the stomach from rising into the esophagus. 

Symptoms and Causes

Burning in the chest, throat, or neck, often behind the breastbone
Difficulty swallowing
Sour or Hot taste in the mouth
Sensation of food being stuck in the throat or chest
Chronic Cough, sore throat or hoarseness

low stomach acid
excess stomach acid
dietary triggers (Food allergies, sensitivities)
infections (H.pylori or other infectious overgrowth)
Structural issues (hiatal hernia)
Certain Health conditions
Too much coffee or caffeine
Consuming too much sugar or refined carbs
certain medication
structural issues like a hiatal hernia or LES dysfunction

GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) 
GERD occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) malfunctions, allowing stomach contents to flow back into the esophagus, leading to persistent symptoms and potential complications.Potential complications include esophagitis, esophageal strictures, Barrett's esophagus, esophageal cancer, laryngeal disease, respiratory issues, sleep disturbances, and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).


Dietary Considerations

1. Eliminate ice-cold drinks
2. Increase vegetable consumption
3. Elevate the head while sleeping
4. Eat smaller meals
5. Avoid Caffeine and Sugar
6. Consider avoiding chocolate,
 tomatoes, onions, peppers, peppermint
7. Increase probiotic foods
8. Eliminate any other triggering foods 
(foods that cause symptoms)
9. Consume more fiber
Lifestyle Considerations

1. Eat smaller meals
2. Eat slower, chew thoroughly
3. Avoid lying down after meals
4. Elevate the head while sleeping
5. Consider losing excess weight
6. Abstain from smoking and alcohol
7. Avoid eating late at night
8. Don't overconsume liquids at mealtime
9. Avoid eating before exercise
10. Increase physical activity

Effective management of heartburn and GERD involves a comprehensive approach that includes lifestyle changes, dietary adjustments, adequate hydration, and supplementation. Underlying causes must be identified and addressed through tailored treatment plans to improve symptoms and overall quality of life. Consulting with healthcare professionals is essential to receive a proper diagnosis and personalized treatment recommendations.

Functional Testing for Heartburn, Acid Reflux, GERD

GI MAP Stool Testing

MRT Food Sensitivity Testing

GI Spotlight Stool Testing

Why Dragonfly Holistic Coaching?
Personalized Care

When it comes to addressing health complications, the notion of a "one-size-fits-all" solution is not just ineffective, it's potentially counterproductive. Each individual is a unique tapestry of genetics, lifestyle choices, dietary habits, and environmental exposures, making them biochemically distinct. This means that a health approach which yields positive results for one person could prove ineffective, or even detrimental, for another. Functional wellness modalities stand out by embracing this diversity; recognizing that true healthcare must be deeply personalized. By considering an individual's entire well-being, factoring in genetics, diet, lifestyle, and environmental influences, functional wellness crafts solutions tailored to each person's unique needs. This bespoke approach ensures that each individual receives the most effective and appropriate care, underscoring the fact that in the realm of health, there really is no such thing as a universal solution. When I sign a contract with a client, I will work tirelessly by your side until we are able to identify the root cause of your health challenges and develop a sistainable way forward. 

Information courtesy of Angela Anderson
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