Digestive problems can cause a whole host of symptoms, including:
- Acid reflux
- Indigestion or heartburn
- Flatulence or belching
- Constipation or diarrhoea
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Lethargy or chronic tiredness
- Skin problems
- Food sensitivities
- Carpel tunnel
- Joint pain and stiff neck
Acid reflux and heartburn
Stomach acid is crucial to aid digestion. As we get older, acid levels tend to decline and the little acid that remains rises to the top of the stomach to aid digestion. Because this can make it seem like we have too much acid, acid suppression medication can seem like the answer. However, in cases where low acid is an issue this just compounds the problem. Also certain prescription drugs can reduce acid levels. Using muscle testing, kinesiology can identify whether supplementation with natural sources of HCI (acid) or digestive enzymes might help to support the digestive process.
Constipation and Diarrhoea
There is a valve that sits between the small intestine (where absorption of nutrients takes place) and the large intestine (where faeces are formed), which should open and close at the proper time to let waste matter through. When this valve is not woroking properly waste matter can build up, or faecal matter can flow backwards and be absorbed by the body. This causes toxicity and a diverse range of symptoms, which can include: constipation, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, chronic tiredness, stiff neck, joint pain, mid-back pain, carpel tunnel, frozen shoulder, headaches, skin problems and depression. Kinesiology can identify whether the valve could be the cause of symptoms and address any imbalances.
Undue stress can have a negative effect on our digestive system and impact the absorption of essential vitamins and minerals. Also, the valve mentioned above is particularly sensitive to emotional upsets. Kinesiologists work with flower essences, as well as use a range of techniques, that are particularly helpful in addressing emotional issues.
Many common foods, such as wheat and dairy products, can act as a trigger for IBS symptoms (others include citrus fruits, sugar, spicy foods and alcohol). Kinesiology can help to identify foods that may be placing stress on the body. Avoiding those foods for a while can allow the gut to heal, and in many cases they can be slowly reintroduced back into the diet without any problems. See Food Sensitivities.
Parasites and Candida
Infection in the gut can be caused by parasites (common for people who have pets), harmful bacteria or a yeast overgrowth, such as candida. There are a range of herbal formulas that kinesiologists work with to help remove pathogens and rebalance gut flora.
Top self-help tips to aid digestion
- Chew food slowly and thoroughly
- Eat in a relaxed environment
- Avoid water for 20 minutes before and 20 minutes after eating
- Increase intake of water generally (apart from above) to help soften bowel movements
"I've suggested to my friend that she come and see you. Your treatment to me was fab and I'm still enjoying improved digestion as a result". Mary D, Midhurst.
"I was skeptical about Kinesiology. After one session I had much less pain in my joints, and my posture was better. After the second session, I am walking more easily than I have for years, my digestion is improved and some irritating skin problems are clearing up! Bring on the next session!! Thank you :-)". Margaret T, Petersfield.