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 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 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.
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.