Nutritional Support

 

There are many product lines available on the market today, and rest assured, we search for the very best because we only want the very best for you. We believe that Advanced Naturals provides the very best for Natural Digestive Care and keep their products readily available. With a Naturopathic Medical Doctor, a Certified Natural Health Professional and experienced, certified Colon Hydrotherapists on staff, we are eager to discuss your needs and individualize your care. Listed below are just a few of the conditions we target with nutritional support to be used in conjunction with colon hydrotherapy. Basic information about each is included because we pray that with the right information, you will be better equipped to “help yourself to good health” and we’ll be beside you along the way.

Candida Overgrowth

Description  Candida albicans are the most common digestive yeast and can become problematic in the body when they proliferate.

Contributing Factors  When the balance between yeast and bacteria is upset and Candida gains the upper hand, Candida overgrowth can occur. This problem develops as a result of immune dysfunction or disease, an upset in the ratio of good to bad bacteria in the GI tract, or a change in intestinal pH. Immune dysfunction can be caused by a number of factors such as drugs, (anti-inflammatories, cortisone, birth control pills, antibiotics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs [NSAIDs] ), toxic metals (mercury, lead, cadmium, nickel, and aluminum), stress, and over-consumption of refined carbohydrates and sugars.Most holistic experts agree that the alarming rise in the number of people with Candida may be due to an increase in the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics .

Signs & Symptoms  There are numerous symptoms and signs associated with Candida overgrowth, including:

  • persistent bloating & gas
  • Joint & muscle pain
  • Food sensitivities
  • Recurrent bladder issues
  • Sugar craving
  • Sinus problems
  • Recurrent vaginal yest overgrowth
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Brain fog
  • Bad breath
  • Blurred vision
  • Chemical sensitivity

Candida can give rise to increased intestinal permeability when its long roots, known as rhizoids, puncture the mucousal lining of the intestine. Undigested food particles then “leak” into the bloodstream, triggering an immune response. This is known as leaky gut syndrome. Once leaky gut occurs, the toxins produced by Candida are carried via the bloodstream to other organs of the body such as the brain, nervous system, joints, skin, etc. The liver can become overloaded with stored toxins, which greatly impairs its ability to work as a detoxifier and can lead to chronic health issues.

Steps to Address Candida Overgrowth

  1. IDENTIFY AND TREAT Candida and parasites (YeastMax and ParaMax).
  2. CHANGE YOUR DIET to one that will exclude foods such as alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, dairy products, sugar, and those that are high in carbohydrates.
  3. INCREASE FIBER INTAKE balancing soluble and insoluble using flax (FiberMax).
  4. SUPPORT INTESTINAL FLORA with probiotics like acidophilus and bifidus (FloraMax).
  5. AVOID RAW VEGETABLES during times of greatest irritation. Eat lightly steamed vegetables, fish, and lean protein.
  6. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER at least half your body weight in ounces per day (for a 120-pound person, that means sixty ounces or seven tall glasses)
  7. COLON HYDROTHERAPY

Occasional Constipation

Description  Occasional constipation occurs when an individual experiences less than two to three normal bowel movements per day nearly every day. Constipation is having bowel movements that occur less frequently than food intake.

Contributing Factors  There are many factors that can lead to occasional constipation. Generally, it is a combination of lifestyle factors that ultimately results in this condition. Diet: This is perhaps the most important factor. A diet that consists of refined sugar, starch, alcohol, and processed foods greatly contributes to constipation. Lack of exercise: Exercise stimulates lymphatic flow that can help create normal peristalsis. This is essential to produce proper bowel movements. Medications: Many medications cause constipation. These include anti-depressants, pain medications, antacids that contain aluminum, diuretics, and antibiotics. Changes in routine: When normal daily activity is altered, the bowel can become constipated. Lack of time: Many people do not create the time to eliminate regularly.

Signs & Symptoms  Constipation slows down food transit time, which can lead to the absorption of toxins. These toxins stem from putrefied fecal material that has not been eliminated. The absorption of toxins from the digestive system is a form of self-poisoning or “autointoxification.”Toxins from food and digestive by-products can enter the bloodstream when digestion is poor and bowel movements are infrequent. Once this occurs, toxins can settle into the tissue, creating health issues. Some of the problems associated with this pattern may include:

  • Headaches
  • Brain fog
  • Obesity
  • Diverticulosis
  • PMS
  • Bad breath
  • Indigestion
  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Body odor

Steps to Address Occasional Constipation

  1. TAKE APPROPRIATE HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS to cleanse the colon (CleanseMax).
  2. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER, at least half your body weight in ounces per day (for a 120-pound person, that means sixty ounces or seven tall glasses).
  3. CHANGE YOUR DIET slowly, adding more fruits and vegetables, preferably organic. Lower consumption of refined starches, sugar, and processed foods.
  4. ENHANCE DIGESTION by taking digestive enzymes (DigestMax and ZymeMax).
  5. EXERCISE. If not daily, then at least three times per week for thirtyminutes.
  6. WHEN TRAVELING, try to maintain a normal diet and regular sleep schedule.
  7. CREATE TIME TO GO TO THE BATHROOM in the morning, even if it means getting up a little earlier than usual.
  8. POSITION YOURSELF CORRECTLY WHEN USING THE TOILET. Keep the feet raised on a telephone book or a device designed for proper elimination posture (LifeSTEP).
  9. COLON HYDROTHERAPY.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Description  Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) involves intestinal dysfunction without anatomical abnormalities. Although the exact cause of IBS is unknown, there does seem to be an underlying abnormality in the contractions of the bowel.

Contributing Factors  The cause of IBS is officially “unknown.” Because doctors have been unable to identify an organic cause, emphasis has traditionally been placed on psychological factors, as implied by the term “intestinal neurosis” once used to designate the condition. Certainly stress can aggravate symptoms, even trigger them, but there appear to be other important factors involved as well. The colon of an IBS sufferer seems to be more sensitive and reactive to stimulation than that of most people. Intestinal spasms may result from ingestion of certain foods, medicines, abdominal distention caused by gas, and from emotional stress. While these factors would not cause undue GI distress in the average person, for the IBS sufferer, they can be triggers of painful abdominal spasms.Other factors that appear to play a role in IBS include hormonal changes (women tend to have flare-ups around the time of their menstrual cycles), low fiber diets, and infection. Many patients have reported onset of symptoms during or soon after recovery from GI infection or abdominal surgery. Certainly medications may also contribute to IBS. Antibiotics are well known to cause GI problems and diarrhea. Steroid medications may also affect the flora (bacteria) balance in the gut, which could contribute to IBS.

Symptoms will vary: 

  • Diarrhea and/or constipation
  • Abdominal pain and spasm (often, alternating)
  • Excess mucus in the colon
  • Bowel urgency or stool incontinence
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • A “lump in the throat”
  • Nausea (with or without vomiting)
  • Chest pain
  • Urinary frequency
  • Heartburn
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety

Although IBS is a serious problem, it is not life threatening, and can be managed with diet and lifestyle changes, along with natural supplementation.

Steps to Address Irritable Bowel Syndrome 

  1.  TAKE APPROPRIATE HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS to cleanse the colon (CleanseMax).
  2. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER, at least half your body weight in ounces per day (for a 120-pound person, that means sixty ounces or seven tall glasses).
  3.  CHANGE YOUR DIET slowly, adding more fruits and vegetables, preferably organic. Lower consumption of refined starches, sugar, and processed foods.
  4.  ENHANCE DIGESTION by taking digestive enzymes (DigestMax and ZymeMax).
  5. EXERCISE. If not daily, then at least three times per week for thirtyminutes.
  6.  WHEN TRAVELING, try to maintain a normal diet and regular sleep schedule.
  7.  CREATE TIME TO GO TO THE BATHROOM in the morning, even if it means getting up a little earlier than usual.
  8.  POSITION YOURSELF CORRECTLY WHEN USING THE TOILET. Keep the feet raised on a telephone book or a device designed for proper elimination posture (LifeSTEP).
  9.  COLON HYDROTHERAPY.

Parasites

Description  A parasite is an organism that lives off another organism. Parasites living inside the human body will feed off our cells, the food we eat, the supplements we take, and our energy.

Contributing Factors  Although many external factors contribute to an increased susceptibility to parasites, the biggest factor is internal – an unhealthy colon, largely the result of an unwholesome lifestyle and bacterial imbalance. Once the ideal ratio of good to bad bacteria in the intestines (80%: 20%) is disrupted, the resulting imbalance creates an environment conducive to parasite infestation.Nutritional deficiency appears to contribute to an increased susceptibility to parasites. Nutrition affects the internal environment, which plays a key role in determining whether parasites will pass through or infest the body. Parasites can enter the body by ingestion, inhalation, or through the epidermis (including through the bottom of the feet). They can also be transmitted via insect carriers. Common sources of parasites include: contaminated soil, fruits, vegetables, water, raw or rare meat, pets, mosquitoes, contact with feces (such as through day care centers), and contact with someone who has parasites.Another factor that contributes to the growing parasite epidemic is the widespread use of drugs that suppress the immune system. Many of the drugs in common use today are immune suppressive and therefore, can increase our susceptibility to parasites.

Signs & Symptoms  Parasites can affect tissue anywhere in the body. Disorders that have been associated with them include arthritis, multiple sclerosis, appendicitis, both overweight and underweight conditions, cancer, and epilepsy.Parasites can mimic other disorders or produce no noticeable symptoms. When they do cause symptoms, a wide range may be displayed, including:

  • Allergies
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Ravenous appetite
  • Persistent skin problems
  • Irritability/nervousness
  • Pain in the umbilicus
  • Digestive complaints (gas, or loss of appetite) bloating,           and cramps
  • Granulomas (tumor-like masses that encase destroyed           larva ot parasites)
  • Anemia
  • Overall fatigue
  • Joint pain
  • Brain fog
  • Prostatitis
  • Rectal itching
  • Sugar craving
  • Postnasal drip
  • Bed-wetting
  • Teeth grinding
  • Muscle cramps

Because parasites can get into the bloodstream and travel to any organ, they can cause problems that are often not recognized as parasite-related. This can result in an incorrect or incomplete diagnosis.

Steps to address Parasites

  1. TAKE APPROPRIATE HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS to cleanse the colon (CleanseMax).
  2. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER, at least half your body weight in ounces per day (for a 120-pound person, that means sixty ounces or seven tall glasses).
  3. CHANGE YOUR DIET slowly, adding more fruits and vegetables, preferably organic. Lower consumption of refined starches, sugar, and processed foods.
  4. ENHANCE DIGESTION by taking digestive enzymes (DigestMax and ZymeMax).
  5. EXERCISE. If not daily, then at least three times per week for thirty minutes.
  6. WHEN TRAVELING, try to maintain a normal diet and regular sleep schedule.
  7. CREATE TIME TO GO TO THE BATHROOM in the morning, even if it means getting up a little earlier than usual.
  8. POSITION YOURSELF CORRECTLY WHEN USING THE TOILET. Keep the feet raised on a telephone book or a device designed for proper elimination posture (LifeSTEP).
  9. COLON HYDROTHERAPY.

 

Leaky Gut Syndrome

Description  Leaky gut syndrome is a name given to a very common disorder in which the main defect is an increasingly porous intestinal lining. With leaky gut, the intestinal lining becomes inflamed, irritated, and very porous, allowing toxic material, bacteria, and undigested food particles to enter the bloodstream.

Contributing Factors  While there is no single cause of leaky gut, contributing factors may include chronic stress, impaired digestion, disruption in the balance of gut flora, poor food choices, parasites, Candida overgrowth, environmental contaminants, chemotherapy, radiation, and prolonged use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). One of the more common factors resulting in leaky gut is the continued consumption of irritating foods. These foods, which commonly include wheat and gluten, corn, dairy, and processed foods, can be highly irritating to the gut lining.

Signs & Symptoms  In addition to some of the clinical conditions listed, those with leaky gut syndrome display a wide variety of symptoms, which may include:

  • Abdominal pain or cramps
  • Occasional constipation
  • Gas and bloating
  • Poor memory
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Malnutrition
  • Indigestion
  • Joint pain and stiffness
  • Food and chemical sensitivities
  • Psoriasis/eczema
  • Poor immunity
  • Liver dysfunction
  • Anxiety/nervousness
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Diarrhea immediately after eating

Steps to Address Leaky Gut Syndrome 

  1. TAKE APPROPRIATE HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS to support intestinal lining (IntestiMax).
  2. IDENTIFY AND ADDRESS any underlying causes of leaky gut such as Candida overgrowth or parasites.
  3. CHANGE YOUR DIET to one that will exclude irritating foods such as wheat and gluten, dairy, corn, alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and processed foods. Consider getting a food sensitivity test such as ELISA to determine which foods to avoid.
  4. IDENTIFY AND AVOID any known irritants to the intestinal lining such as household and environmental chemicals, food preservatives and dyes, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
  5. AVOID RAW VEGETABLES during times of greatest irritation. Eat lightly steamed vegetables, fish, and lean protein.
  6. LEARN AND UTILIZE STRESS MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES to deal with stressful situations.
  7. ENHANCE DIGESTION by chewing thoroughly and taking enzymes (DigestMax or ZymeMax).
  8. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER, at least half your body weight in ounces per day (for a 120-pound person, that means sixty ounces or about seven tall glasses).
  9. COLON HYDROTHERAPY

Diarrhea

Description  Occasional diarrhea occurs when the stool is too quickly eliminated from the body and there is insufficient time for water to be absorbed back into the body. The result is that the stool retains water and becomes runny.

Contributing Factors  It is important to realize that diarrhea is not, in itself, a disease. It is a symptom. In the case of chronic diarrhea, lasting more than three days, finding the underlying cause is important in determining the proper treatment.There are many possible causes of diarrhea, which include: tainted food or beverages, bacterial infection, lactose intolerance, parasites, dysbiosis, short bowel syndrome, diverticular disease, drugs, laxative overuse, fungal infection, inflammatory bowel disease, viral infection, and food allergies.

Signs & Symptoms  Chronic diarrhea is considered a liquid stool lasting more than three days. Medical intervention is indicated if the diarrhea is severe, bloody, or accompanied by:

  • Significant abdominal pain
  • Rectal pain
  • High fever
  • Signs of dehydration (dry mouth, excessive thirst, exhaustion)

Steps to Address Diarrhea 

  1. SUPPORT ELECTROLYTES and liquid lost during chronic diarrhea by drinking water, herbal teas, fruit juices, meat or vegetable broths, or special electrolyte replacement drinks.
  2. AVOID DAIRY PRODUCTS, as the small intestine may be temporarily deficient in lactose, the enzyme needed to digest milk sugar.
  3. CONSIDER A FOOD SENSITIVITY TEST such as ELISA to determine if the cause may be food-related.
  4. IDENTIFY AND ADDRESS any underlying causes of chronic diarrhea such as parasites.
  5. INCREASE FIBER INTAKE, as it will help bulk up a watery stool (FiberMax).
  6. MAINTAIN HEALTHY BALANCE OF INTESTINAL FLORA in the colon by supplementing with a probiotic (FloraMax).
  7. COLON HYDROTHERAPY

Occasional Heartburn

Description  Heartburn is a burning sensation in the chest, behind the breastbone or lower esophagus, resulting from the reflex of stomach contents (including hydrochloric acid) to the lower end of the esophagus. Contrary to popular belief, excess stomach acid is not the culprit in most cases of heartburn; it is in fact, a lack of stomach acid that most often causes the condition.

Contributing Factors  Insufficient HCl production can be the result of several factors: genetic predisposition, chronic overeating, vitamin deficiencies, or regular use of antacids. However, the result is the same – gastric distress. The development and increasing severity of heartburn can result from many causes.Among them are: inadequate chewing, swallowing large amounts of air when eating, insufficient water intake, poor food combining, overeating, consuming coffee, tea, carbonated drinks, alcoholic beverages, chocolate, fatty, fried, and spicy foods, eating too rapidly or while upset, and lying down after eating.Other factors may include pregnancy, overweight, stress, excessive smoking, constipation, aspirin and Ibuprofen usage, tight-fitting clothing (constricts the abdomen), ulcers, gallbladder problems, allergies, enzyme and vitamin deficiencies, and hiatus hernia (out-pouching of the stomach above the diaphragm).

Signs & Symptoms  Symptoms of heartburn may include:

  • Nausea
  • Flatulence and belching
  • Upper abdominal pain
  • Abdominal distention after
  • Sense of over-fullness after eating eating


Steps to Address Heartburn

  1. CHANGE YOUR DIET. Eat foods in combinations that are easy on your digestive system, i.e. eat meat with vegetables, but not meat with starches, or eat starches with vegetables. Eat fruits alone or not at all. Don’t overeat. It takes twenty minutes after eating before you feel full; stop eating before you are full. Reduce the amount of fatty and fried foods that you eat. Eat slowly, and chew your food thoroughly. Do not drink a lot during meals; this dilutes the HCl and makes digestion less efficient.
  2. ELIMINATE OR REDUCE coffee, tea, carbonated beverages, and alcohol.
  3. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER, at least half your body weight in ounces per day (for a 120 pound person, that means sixty ouncesor about seven tall glasses).
  4. DO NOT LIE DOWN IMMEDIATELY AFTER EATING. When you do go to bed, sleep with the upper portion of your body slightly elevated, at four to six inches.
  5. WEAR LOOSE CLOTHING or loosen tight clothes or belts whileeating.
  6. TAKE DIGESTIVE ENZYMES that include HCl with meals instead of antacids afterward (DigestMax and ZymeMax).
  7. INCREASE FIBER INTAKE to ensure regularity (FiberMax).
  8. COLON HYDROTHERAPY