The Digestive Wellness approach to healing your digestive tract is based on 4 principles Rachael discovered on her path to remission. You must support your body's healing process. A Digestive Wellness Consultant can support your journey back to health and help you create a program you can incorporate into your life.
- A Doctor You Believe In
- Adherence to Treatment Regimen
- Appropriate Dietary Changes
- Meditation & Stress Management
A Doctor You Believe In
Once you are diagnosed with a digestive disorder, it is critical to find a doctor you believe in. After all, your doctor is one of your most valuable partners as you navigate the healing process. Most likely, you will need to see a gastroenterologist who can treat your symptoms.
My first gastroenterologist was a disaster. She was unsympathetic to my concerns, and I knew that we were not going to have a successful partnership. I moved on to two more gastroenterologists with whom I feel very comfortable. Together, we found a medication, supplement, and diet regimen that worked for me. I attribute our partnership as one of the most important aspects of my healing.
Adherence to Treatment Regimen
Once you find a doctor partner, and the two of you have decided on the best course of treatment, it is important that you stick to this. If you have problems with a certain medication, you should contact your doctor immediately.
Appropriate Dietary Changes
Not all digestive disorders are caused by diet, but all of them can benefit from a wholesome diet to help in healing your digestive tract tissue. Be very wary of fad diets and cleanses that may be completely inappropriate for someone with an inflamed digestive tract.
A dietitian or nutritionist who specializes in your digestive problems can help you navigate appropriate dietary modifications to assist in healing. He/she will likely ask you to keep a food journal to track your symptoms after eating certain foods. Together, you will be able to identify problem foods.
There is no "one size fits all" diet. Someone in a Crohn's flare may end up in the hospital from eating raw foods and too much fiber, while these very foods may calm irritable bowel syndrome. It is up to you to view your body as a laboratory and determine what is appropriate for your body.
Meditation & Stress Management
Practicing meditation may be as simple as finding 5 minutes per day to sit still and clear your mind. Once you begin practicing meditation, you will notice how much this improves digestion.
Stress can wreak havoc on your digestion. Find a healthy activity that reduces your stress levels. This can vary from acupuncture to manicures to golf to yoga. Even when you are feeling very run down it is important to move even a little bit in your body.