Did you know the path to health begins through your stomach?
We often have people call us and ask about food intolerance testing in Toronto, and whether this is a service that we can offer. The answer is yes we can, but there is a caveat. A food intolerance test may not be what you are looking for, if your seeking help with to manage a digestive concern. A food intolence test is a blood test looking for antibodies that trigger inflammation in the body and leads to issues like headaches, skin problems, joint pain and alike. You might think of a food intolerance test more like an allergy test, but rather then finding histamine you find inflammation. For digestion we often start with a stool test that directly looks at the health status of your digestive track.
The majority of people with digestive concerns are able to relieve their symptoms by following our carefully planned out digestive reboot program. After an initial assessment with one of our naturopathic doctors, they will get you onto our program to help ease symptoms like GERD, acid reflux, bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea and more. Patients are often pleasantly surprised at how effect this program is at easing symptoms without needing to permanent remove a laundry list of foods. When the time is right, and inflammation has settled down in the body, a food intolerance test may be performed then. However, most of the time patients learn for themselves which foods don’t agree with them, once they have completed our reboot program.
It’s not surprising that one of the most searched terms on the internet is “treatment for GERD Toronto”. It can be a very uncomfortable condition that not only leads to symptoms like bloating, gas, and that awful feeling in your throat, but a long list of restricted foods. We hear you, and we understand these symptoms, and how to manage them. Over the years we created a successful digestive reboot program that not only addresses digestive concerns, but can help to ease symptoms from GERD.
Although the focus of this program is dietary and lifestyle based, our naturopathic doctors can recommend supplements to help ease symptoms from GERD or acid reflux while your body is healing. We can also recommend specific foods to avoid that will also help to reduce symptoms. If you’re looking for a way to clear up GERD symptoms for good, then give us a call to learn more about our digestive reboot program.
Our Areas of Expertise
We are Toronto’s IBS experts. We have treated hundreds of patients with great success. Over the years we have developed a protocol we call the digestive reboot that rapidly stops the major problems of IBS such as bloating, flatulence (gas), cramping, pain, constipation and/or diarrhea. However, our protocol is not just to stop the symptoms. We use a stool sample test to get at the heart of what is happening in your digestive system and work to get full resolution of your symptoms so you can go back to living a full life. We also offer the possibility for food intolerance testing.
Our protocol has three phases: phase one is to re-establish a healthy bacterial balance in your gut, phase two is to start to heal the digestive lining and prevent any leaky gut, and phase three grows resilience and stability so that over time you gain the freedom to eat the foods you love. Between the testing, the tried and true natural products that we use, and the dietary information including recipes and tips and tricks to make this as easy as possible, we have a great success rate. If you’re ready to get at the root cause and heal your gut it’s time to come in and talk to one of our naturopathic doctors.
Acid reflux also called heart burn or formally gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is the cause by stomach acid moving up into the esophogus where the cells are not acid protected and leads to the burning or heat sensation. Acid reflux can be associated with a weakend gastroesophageal sphincter that acts as a valve and fails to hold the food down in our stomach and lets it regurgitate into the esophagus. Commonly Acid reflux is also associated with elevated stomach acid products. The most common type of medication is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) that drestically reduces stomach acid production. However, there is a growing body of scientific research showing there are many long term problems associated with PPI and the USA FDA has issues
warnings about for reduced absorption of vitamins and minerals leading to more loss of bone density associated with osteoporosis, increased risk of infection, and hypersensitivity response with consequent organ damage. Compared to the medication, there are variety of fast and effective herbs that stops the Acid reflux without blocking vitamin and mineral absorption. At the same time, counselling on healthy eating habits and diet changes leads to long term results with out the need for medication or even natural products.
Food intolerance or food sensitivity is very common and often associated with other health concerns like digestive problems, joint pains, headaches, skin problems (Acne, Eczema and Psoriasis), ADHD, depresion, anxiety or memory problems, and Asthma. Generally the food intolerane leads to inflammation in the body and that is why there is such a long list of associated health concners. A food intolernace is an immune system problem but is linked to the IgG antibody (no histamine reaction) with a delayed hypersenstivity that comes out 24-72 hours after the food is eaten. A food intolerance should not be confused with a food allergy that has a rapid response and is linked to the IgE antibody with a histamine reaction. It’s important to know that people tested for allergies may still have unknown food intolerances. The test we use is a blood based test that is scienfically validated and we use one of Ontario’s largest lab (LifeLabs) which has the highest quality control. The Test covers 120 different food items and more can be added if needed.
IBD or Inflammatory Bowel Disease does not refer to just one particular disorder but actually covers a group of diseases that are characterized by the inflammation or reddening and swelling of the intestines. Two major types of IBD are Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis (UC). Crohn’s disease may occur in any part of the gastrointestinal tract, meaning it can affect your mouth, small or large intestines, and your anus. Ulcerative Colitis, on the other hand, is limited to the large intestine or the colon, and is more associated with blood seen in the toilet bowl. Both Crohn’s and UC can be very painful, especially having pain on passing a stool. IBD often has flare-ups and times of remission that can last years. IBD is considered to be an auto-immune problem and should not be confused with IBS which is less associated with the immune system. We start treatment by identifying problem foods with a blood based IgG food intolerance test (not an allergy test), then move onto reducing inflammation with natural anti-inflammatory herbs, and healing the intestinal lining with nutrition.
Candida is a fungus (Candida albicans) that is found in all human digestive tract as a single cell yeast. When in bacteria and yeast in our digestive system is in balacne, Candida can help out with nutrient absorption and digestion. However, once there is an overproduction of candida, it can easily break down the intestine walls and release toxic by-products into the body, causing leaky gut and other health problems, mostly digestive issues. Candida is the yeast that leads to Thrush any many fungal problems over the body. Candida overgrowth can come from a few reason, antibiotic use which only kills bacteria and not yeast is a common cause, but diets high in refine sugars, and heavy metal exposure can also lead to Candida too. Some of the common symptoms associated with Candida are: Yeast problems which includes nail fungus, althetes foot, vaginal yeast infections; ringing in the ears, viritigo, and meniere’s disease; chronic nasal discharge and congestion; excess ear wax build up; and digestive problems such as bloating, excess gas, and chronic diarrhea. Treatment focuses on herbs to kill of the yeast, idenfity why the yeast first started to overgrow, then use a specific probiotic strain to push out the Candida, and finally we can change the diet to ensure the yeast doesn’t overgrow again.
Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is as its name suggests, a chronic infection caused by bacteria that have abnormally overgrown into the small intestine. SIBO can often look very similar Candida but is more often associated with chronic constipation, plus it improves with antibiotic use. The symptoms of SIBO are more often localized to the digestive tract but the overgrowth of bacteria can interfere with the absorption of nutrients leading to nutrient deficiency and wide variety of symptoms. Often there is chronic fatigue and memory problems, and similar to Candida there is a lot of bloating and gas (flatulence). Treatment needs to start with herbs to kill off the bacterial overgrow, idenfity why the bacteria first started to overgrow, and only later should probiotics be used to re-establish bacterial balance.
Constipation is the uncomfortable condition wherein one experiences difficulty in emptying the bowels. It is commonly caused by the stool moving slower than normal through the colon. Being constipated usually means having two or more days with no bowel movement, or having fewer than three bowel movements per week. Aside from fewer bowel movements, symptoms include abdominal pain and swelling, hard or small stools, hemorrhoids, and blood with the stool. Constipation can be related to stress, bacteria overgrowth in the small intestines, lack of water intake, and lack of healthy oils. Treatment focuses on why the constipation started and establishing healthy diet changes.
Diarrhea is a problem that affects everyone at some point. However when chronic loose stools occur, it poses a more serious concern. Chronic diarrhea is a daily occurrence that usually lasts for about four weeks. It is usually caused by intestinal parasitical infection, yeast or bacterial over growth, though sometimes due to an excess of a certain substance in the diet. Frequent loose stools increase risk of getting dehydrated as sufferer passes a large volume of fluids. Treatment starts by changing the diet to ensure stools start to quickly become formed and then we identify the why the problem started.
Indigestion is the general term used to describe symptoms that are experienced during or after a meal, including uncomfortable feeling of fullness and a burning pain in the upper abdomen, among others. It may be caused by conditions like peptic ulcer, pancreatic abnormality, GERD, hormal changes or even pain. Indigestion is almost always a sign of other health concerns and it is important to take a broad look at the person’s health history.
Our stomach acid is our first line of defense, and can protect us against colds and flu. It also helps us digest our food so that the healthy gut bacteria in the small intestine can absorb essential nutrients like vitamins and minerals. Many people suffer with digestive problems that can be linked to past medication use, stress and fatigue, from heavy metal and toxin exposure, or diet and lifestyle factors. Many people have joint pain, bloating and gas, poor memory and focus, eczema and psoriasis, and even mental health issues that are often from a digestive problem related to the bacteria and yeast levels in our small and large intestines.
Other times food intolerances, which is different to a food allergy, can be a big problem that triggers our immune system. We offer a blood-based laboratory food intolerance (IgG antibody) test and is not the same as the skin prick allergy (IgE antibody) test. So even if you have been tested for food allergies, you may still be suffering from a food intolerance. In the end, our general wellbeing is linked to our digestive health, we are experts at healing your digestive system and often help people that have been suffering for years.