Health hinges on good gut function! Gastrointestinal tract treatment is basically recommended for anyone with a chronic condition. Through targeted colon therapy, people regain clarity of mind and energy.
Many of my patients complain of diarrhea or just constipation, stomach upset nausea, or just bloating. It is very essential to ask the complaints properly and treat them specifically. After all, an IBD ( irritable bowel) requires a very different approach than an inflamed bowel (colitis, Crohn’s, collagenous colitis or lymphocytic colitis).
Also, any disturbances such as parasites, yeasts fungi and bacterial overgrowth such as clostridium, klebsiella, etc. need to be addressed. A targeted pathogen study is then needed, in addition to a flora study and mediators such as a leaky gut, (leaky gut): such as alpha-1-antitrypsin, calprotectin, zonulin or histamine.
In most patients, a test for food intolerances is recommended and often we also measure deficiencies of minerals and vitamins due to impaired absorption ( malabsorption disorder, fructose intolerance, celiac disease or gluten intolerance)
Nutrition always comes into play!
Dietary components can even burden.
The digestive system processes about 30 tons of food in a lifetime. That’s about 30 elephants’ worth of food.
Our intestinal system coordinates the absorption of beneficial substances and eliminates excretion.Disturbances in the gastrointestinal tract can lead to symptoms that sometimes involve multiple organs. With certain complaints we may not immediately think of the intestinal system, but symptoms such as itching, fatigue, skin complaints, headaches, asthma, joint complaints are not infrequently causally located in the gastrointestinal tract.
In addition to these symptoms, neurological complaints such as exhaustion, dizziness, loss of concentration( cottony head or foggy brain), sleep problems, aggression, depression and migraines often result from poor bowel function.
Example from my practice
A young woman reports to me as a patient. She had been experiencing regular abdominal pain, bloating, reflux symptoms and was terribly tired for 2 years. She had had a gastrointestinal infection with quite a few antibiotics over the past few years. When her symptoms only got worse, she was given an antacid. From then on, things went downhill and she also developed many muscle pains, aching joints and digestive complaints especially after eating sugars. On vacation in Turkey, she again developed massive diarrhea so bad that she had to be hospitalized. Once back in the Netherlands, she was examined again including a gastroscopy but that too did not reveal much except an irritation of the stomach wall. She began to lose weight and became increasingly depressed. After more testing again, she was given an antidepressant. During the initial consultation, I immediately set up a comprehensive colon examination with inflammatory factors and a
food intolerance test
. From the
intestinal flora test
showed that she had a marked reduction in good gut bacteria and a fungal infection was found. I immediately gave her a natural antifungal ( caprylic acid and berberine) and a very high-dose probiotic with very many beneficial strains. Within 2 weeks, the abdominal pain was gone. She was able to phase out the antidepressants, and after she eliminated intolerances to cow’s milk and egg, her intestinal lining stabilized with the help of some targeted supplementation like vitamin C, zinc and digestive enzymes. She is completely complaint-free and cheerful.
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What does colon therapy consist of?
All foods for which there is an intolerance are omitted see also
. Which foods to omit depends on each individual what the test results are from the food intolerance test. How long this food should be avoided depends on the reaction strength in the test ranging from a few months to a year. Then they are reincorporated into the rotational diet. You will learn to rotate your diet in a varied manner.By reducing reactions, there will be peace in the immune-related intestinal system. Inflammatory processes are now decreasing. This is also important in neurological gut-related disorders.
We usually start immediately to address yeasts fungi or other disruptors depending on the results of the intestinal flora examination Think parasites as well.
All agents used are of natural origin including antibiotics. Sometimes a natural antibiotic must be used to eliminate harmful bacteria/fungi. Toxins and heavy metals must now be removed from the body immediately.Detoxification is through targeted supplementation with vitamins, minerals, sulfur-containing substances such as glutathione and herbs. Stress elimination is also often a must for success.
A fecal (stool) examination can be used to see if intestinal parasites are present. We prefer to use method PCR for this purpose because the regular method too often misses the parasites.
Parasites cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, bloated abdomen and flatulence, among other symptoms. Intestinal parasites can do a lot of damage. This is because they attach themselves to the intestinal mucosa of a host and use the host as food. This then causes a host to weaken. Whether the parasite resides in the large or small intestine depends on the species. On average, more than 30% of the world’s population is infected with a parasite. As a result, good research is very important. We test by PCR method the following intestinal parasites:
- Giardia Lambliae
- Dientamoeba fragilis
- Entamoeba histolitica
These parasites are the most common and are often contracted during vacations abroad, but can also be easily contracted in the Netherlands or Belgium. It is therefore important to be able to act quickly if an infection has occurred.
Fungi can be very persistent. Especially if you have used regular medication several times to combat it.
Causes of mold overgrowth:
A candida infection usually occurs when the immune system and intestinal flora are disturbed. Causes of these disruptions may include:
- long-term use of (broad-spectrum) antibiotics
- long-term use of corticosteroids (prednisone)
- chemotherapy and radiation
- long-term use of the birth control pill
- Long-term use of inadequate diet (especially the frequent use of refined products such as sugar and sugary products, fast food, ready-to-eat products)
- prolonged boat exposure to internal and external toxins (mercury, lead, alcohol)
- prolonged boat exposure to (negative) stress
- heavy metals
Symptoms of fungi
- Digestive: bloating, painful abdomen, nausea, flatulence, anal itching, constipation, Often interspersed with diarrhea.
- Immune system: bladder infections, sinus infections, vaginal infections, allergies
- Hormonal system: menstrual disorders, fluctuating blood sugar, hypoglycaemia
- Psychological: concentration disorders, anxiety, mood swings/depression
- Energy management: fatigue, problems sleeping in and out, lethargy
- Muscles: heavy’ arms and legs, muscle pains (even without
If you suspect candida overgrowth, get tested and treated. To do this, contact us and make an appointment. The test can be used immediately at your first consultation.
In doing so, we must support the entire digestive system. The older we get the less stomach acid we make. With less gastric acid release, we also get less stimulation to make enzymes. When necessary, we add stomach acid in the form of pills or liquids, enzymes to help the pancreas digest our food. Toxins can also negatively affect our digestive system. Parasites like helicobacter are a nuisance. Parasites can block the bile ducts, disrupting the entire system. People themselves need to learn to chew properly and mostly choose a high-fiber diet.
Sealing and filling in
It is very important to restore the intestine to its mucous membrane. This restores a proper barrier between the inside and outside of the intestine. Many patients we see have an increased permeable bowel. We also call this a leaky gut. It is very important to fix this because many chronic conditions and especially increased inflammation are associated with it ( read more Leaky gut)
Then it is the turn of the good bacteria to reoccupy the intestinal wall optimally. Lactobacilli, bifidobacilli enterococci are now added as needed in targeted probiotics. Complimed always uses highly targeted strains for this purpose, often followed by a broad spectrum probiotic, with very many different live strains. Each flora has its own task. Frequent antibiotic use often disrupts this. After 3-4 months, a checkup can be done to see how the good flora has now improved.
Restoration of the intestinal mucosa is often our most important task. This also restores defenses against outside factors. For this we like to use anti-inflammatory agents like turmeric, zinc, vitamin C amino acids and fatty acids. A simple substance like vitamin C often does a lot of good. Vitamin D is also important for resilience and zinc for closing intestinal cells. With bloating, we need to regain the movement of the bowel. In this, Vagus nerve plays an important role.
There may be deficiencies in vitamins and minerals due to poor digestion or absorption in the gut. If necessary, we can test this. The diet is then discussed and adjusted to what the body needs.If necessary, you can add substances by taking supplements. You will be advised by us in this.
A clear head again.
Degradation products from the digestive system can burden the body, think of the liver as a detox organ but also the brain can be burdened by ammonia or histamine.
What can all help?
For example, consider the usefulness of antioxidants in the fight against neuro-degenerative diseases related to our gut microbiome. Magnesium glycine, a B complex and coenzyme Q10 are some examples. Minerals such as zinc, iodine, calcium and magnesium have very many functions. Take magnesium alone performs 700 tasks in our bodies. People with dyslexia and autism often have impaired fat metabolism. Then it is useful to do an amino acids and organic fatty acids test.
Symptoms such as restlessness, anxiety, agitation, grinding thought, brooding palpitations, mood swings, an oppressive feeling in the chest and/or airways, difficulty falling asleep and difficulty letting go of negative experiences may be related to an exorphin load. Exorphins are found in cow’s milk, gluten soy and spinach, among others, but not everyone is sensitive to all four.
For testing and treatment for this, contact us.