Did you know the path to health begins through your stomach? Our stomach acid is our first line of defence, 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.

With busy lives and the wide availability of unhealthy convenience foods, it is easy for our digestive system to rapidly get out of balance leading to a variety of digestive complaints such as:

Most Common Conditions:

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a common intestinal disorder that causes abdominal pain, bloating, cramping, flatulance (gas), and alternating constipation with diarrhoea. In conventaional medication IBS is often associated with stress and anxiety. However, we have found that IBS is often best treated by rebalancing the bacteria in the intestines and identifying food intolerances. It’s important to know that food intolerances from the IgG antibody is not the same as a food allergy which is the IgE antibody, and often people tested for allergies may still have unknown food intolerances. Additionally, IBS is often associated with Small Intestine bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) or Candida (see below for more info).

Acid Reflux
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
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.

Inflammatory Bowel Diesease (IBD)
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 Chron’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis (UC). Chron’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 bowel. Both Chron’s and UC can be very painful, especially having pain on passing a stool. IBD often has flares ups and times or 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 idenfity problems 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
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)
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
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.

Chronic Loose Stools or Diarrhoea
Diarrhoea is a problem that affects everyone at some point. However when chronic loose stools occur, it poses a more serious concern. Chronic diarrhoea 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
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 Plan

After an initial assessment with Dr. Steyr, he then creates a unique and customized treatment plan for you to follow. The treatment plan may involve dietary modifications and nutrition counselling, lifestyle counselling, food intolerance testing, body-mind work, supplements, and other naturopathic remedies such as acupuncture, herbal medicine and homeopathy.

What Makes Us Different

Our experience has shown us time and time again that is a reflection of deeper concerns, and only when you know where to look can you find deep and lasting results. Our plan of addressing the root cause may take some time for the body to heal before you see changes in your skin condition, however, our plan is for the long term. It is our hope that once your treatment plan is completed you will have the tools and knowledge you need to prevent the skin condition from coming back.

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