The digestive system is a super highway through the centre of your body. Its essentially a tube with some organs connected to it, such as the gall bladder and pancreas, and stretched out it is as long as a telegraph pole. 70-80% of the immune system is located around the gut, in fact as soon as you eat you’re having a conversation with the immune system via lymphatic tissue in the mouth. The gut has its own nervous system containing around 500 million neurons, and there is constant communication between the gut and the brain. Important neurotransmitters are produced in the intestines - 50% of dopamine and 95% of serotonin. Our understanding of the gut microbiome is continually expanding but we do know that it is a complex ecosystem with around 2-3kg of microbes (in comparison the brain weighs 1-2kg).
A healthy gut environment is robust and you shouldn’t be aware of it as it performs all its complex functions. When it is unhappy, it can dominate how you feel.
I have many years of experience in digestive health. It’s my aim to help you Love your Guts!
Digestive Health Tests
I offer comprehensive digestive health tests such as...
- Food Intolerances
- Digestion and Absorption
- Leaky Gut
- Bacteria, Yeasts & Parasites
Ben* had long term digestive issues after being treated with multiple antibiotics and steroids for severe childhood asthma. As an adult he had been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome and irritable bowel syndrome. He came to see me as a last resort when his abdominal symptoms became unbearable. I recommended a comprehensive stool test which picked up multiple issues including very high levels of calprotectin. Calprotectin is a medically approved marker which can help to differentiate between irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease. I recommended that he be referred for a colonoscopy, which found that he had ulcerative colitis. So he actually had an inflammatory bowel disease and not irritable bowel syndrome. With the use of diet and supplements he has regained control over his health.
*name has been changed for confidentiality
The road to health is paved with good intestines!
Your digestive health plays a big part in how you look and feel - it’s important to look after it!
Hazel’s many years of experience in digestive health mean that you’re in good hands. Whether you’re interested in advice, having advanced digestive health tests - Hazel will help you to Love your Guts!
Digestive Health Tests
Hazel offers comprehensive digestive health tests which can help to identify: