Monday, 23 April 2012

functional gastrointestinal disorders

Bloating, discomfort, abdominal distention, pain, flatulence, irregular bowel motions, increased bowel frequency and nausea are all symptoms that are indicative of an underlying gastrointestinal issue however this doesn't always mean it is a physical one. It is common for individuals to experience these symptoms for years without getting a proper diagnosis and this may be because it is associated with an underlying nervous system component. This includes psychological stress, anxiety, depression and may stem from a past traumatic incident. I cannot emphasise the importance of preserving and nurturing your mental wellbeing as manifestations of stress can cause tremendous grief on a day to day basis, especially in regards to gastrointestinal conditions. Everyone should have a stress management program that suits them such as gentle exercise, meditation, holidaying! or maybe professional help such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from an appropriate specialist. Incorporating simple measures to address the physical symptoms such as drinking fennel or chamomile tea or a herbal preparation such as Iberogast drops can make life alot easier. Nutrients and herbs for the nervous system can be prescribed by your Naturopath :-) discussing these issues with a healthcare professional is extremely beneficial to work out a tailored program to suit you.

Laura

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