After completing studies in gut disorders and the gut brain connection with ACNEM and writing the Ebook “Your Gut, your Health, Your Yoga” Dr. Fox has been inundated with treating gut disorders. Getting to the root cause of the problem is the first task at hand. Functional pathology is often used to establish what is taking place in the large intestine, small intestine and stomach in regards to PH, bacteria, parasites and fungal infections. Food allergy and sensitivity testing is also offered.
Regulating gut bacteria, stress management, balancing gut pH and finding the right diet is essential in treating all gut disorders. Self diagnosis and ad hoc treatment alongside intermittent dieting is a common misguided practice with many clients.
The gut is treated as a whole, mouth/teeth, stomach, pancreas, small intestine and large intestine to eradicate digestive disorders.
Bacterial, fungal overgrowth and parasitic load can all be addressed either as a stand-alone treatment or in conjunct with your G.P.
How To Test For Low Hydrochloric Acid (HCL)
These tablets contain 650mg of Betaine HCL 25mg Pepsin 1:10,000 Gentian root 20mg in a vegetarian capsule.
Take one HCL capsule right before eating lunch. This should be a substantial sized meal. If you experience heartburn at any stage after taking these tablets then stop the trial and take 1-2 tsp of bicarb soda in water to stop the heartburn or acid reflux.
No heartburn on two capsules then take three capsules before lunch.
If you make it to three capsules you have very low levels of HCL and may not be absorbing nutrients and may be fermenting your food in your small intestine, causing IBS symptoms.
HCL – Hydrochloric Acid
Hydrochloric Acid is naturally made in the stomach and is highly acidic. A healthy stomach should have a Ph of 1.5, knowing that a neutral Ph is 7 we know that this is so acidic that its similar to battery acid! This acid, HCL, is the main component of food break down, other than mastication/chewing.
Adequate amounts of HCL is needed for competent break down of food and digestion. If you are low in HCL you will not be breaking down your food properly which means that the food gets sent partially undigested to the intestines. The intestines then try to break down your proteins and carbohydrates via the process of fermentation and putrefaction. The intestines will have to generate more fermentable and putrefactive strains of bacteria to do this; this is what causes IBS in most people. Fermentable bacteria cause a lot of pain, gas and bloating. Putrefactive bacteria will also cause gas and foul-smelling gas and stool.
HCL is also responsible for the absorption of nutrients, like zinc. Zinc is a major nutrient involved in digestive health. Many Australians have low zinc as it is low in Australian soil. If you found you are low in HCL, you may also be low in zinc. It’s a good idea to test your serum zinc with your G.P. If your zinc is below a serum of 16, it is a good idea to supplement under the supervision of a trained clinician. Low zinc status can lead to digestive complaints, low immunity, low mood, fatigue and hormonal imbalance. Zinc is an extremely important mineral and is involved in many biochemical and physiological functions within the body.
Lecture Videos – Digestive Health
Three-hour intensive seminar on digestive health, broken down into 2 x 1.5 hour videos. This lecture provides you with the information you need to understand what’s driving your digestive symptoms.
Understanding the role of the digestive organs helps you understand the difference whats specifically drives your digestive symptoms, whether it be organ dysfunction, hormonal, microbial, or nervous system imbalance. Once you have a root cause hypothesis, this helps you establish the right pathology to run with your clinician. The right pathology enables a competent diagnosis, and once you have that, you have the right treatment for you!
There are more tools to work with to resolve your condition when you have a functional medical diagnosis. Root treatment courses will help you resolve your symptoms, and are not based on band-aiding or suppressing your condition. Get to the bottom of what is driving your symptoms, and learn where to start in resolving them.