Nutritionist Victoria BC

Digestive Health

A healthy gastrointestinal system is important for good digestion and for the health of the entire body. Often chronic digestive concerns arise from the inability to properly digest foods (e.g. from lack of stomach acid or digestive enzymes), consuming foods that trigger inflammation within the gastrointestinal tract, imbalances of intestinal bacteria, or stress.

At Juniper Family Health, our naturopathic doctors listen carefully to your concerns, perform an abdominal exam, and suggest laboratory testing if needed, in order to discover the root cause of your digestive symptoms. Naturopathic treatment plans are personalized based on your needs, and focus on restoring a healthy gut with treatments such as therapeutic diets, herbal medicines, nutritional supplementation, and prescription medication. For more complex digestive illnesses such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, an integrative approach is taken combining naturopathic medicine with conventional medicine. In these cases, our naturopaths work collaboratively with other health care providers and specialists. 

Common Digestive Concerns Addressed by Naturopathic Doctors:

  • Reflux
  • Gas and bloating
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Food intolerances and sensitivities
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
  • Celiac disease
  • Crohn's disease
  • Ulcerative colitis 
  • Diverticulosis

Laboratory Testing Offered by Naturopathic Doctors:

  • Food sensitivity & allergy testing
  • Lactose intolerance testing
  • Helicobacter pylori testing
  • Celiac disease testing
  • SIBO breath testing
  • Comprehensive digestive stool analysis