Digestive diseases affect 60 to 70 million people in the U.S., with about 22 million having symptoms severe enough to require hospitalization, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. One of the more common digestive disorders is gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), with about 20 percent of the population experiencing symptoms on at least a weekly basis.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is equally prevalent, with anywhere from 9 to 23 percent estimated to be affected worldwide and 10 to 15 percent in the U.S. Both GERD and IBS are examples of functional gastrointestinal disorders, meaning they have no apparent structural or biochemical cause, according to Norm Robillard, Ph.D.
Discover how digestive diseases can be treated effectively without the use of medications. On the next NaturalNews Talk Hour, Jonathan Landsman and Norm Robillard, Ph.D. will discuss the causes of GERD and IBS, plus, describe a diet more effective than the antibiotics and other toxic drugs promoted by Western medicine. You’ll discover many surprising facts about these common digestive disorders and come away with practical advice that can help you to regain your health.
Healing the gut: How diet can put your digestive tract on the road to health
Eating too many foods containing hard-to-digest carbohydrates is one of the biggest underlying causes of functional gastrointestinal disorders, according to Dr. Robillard. Armed with this knowledge, he was able to develop the Fast Tract Diet.
The Fast Tract Diet is a science-based, drug-free diet that helps those suffering from acid reflux, IBS and other digestive disorders, as well as those with autoimmune conditions involving small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, where too many hydrogen-producing bacteria have developed.
The Fast Tract Diet works by putting a limit on certain hard-to-digest carbohydrates using a mathematical calculation involving a food’s symptom potential, based primarily on the glycemic index, as well as portion size. Dr. Robillard says the math has already been done for the majority of foods. The Fast Tract Diet also involves pro-digestion strategies to reduce the impact of hard-to-digest carbohydrates, as well as a process for identifying and addressing other potential causes of intestinal bacteria overgrowth.
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3 steps to take if you think you have GERD, IBS or any other digestive disorder
If you suspect you could be suffering from GERD, IBS or another functional gastrointestinal disorder, here are three steps to take in treating your condition:
1. Reduce the hard to digest carbohydrates in your diet, including high-lactose dairy, fiber, resistant starch, fructose, sucrose, and sugar alcohols. Refer to the Fast Tract Diet guidelines to replace these with foods less likely to cause symptoms.
2. Incorporate gut-friendly practices into your every day life, such as chewing food well to allow saliva time to digest starches, taking amylase or lactose supplemental enzymes if needed, preparing foods in ways that reduce resistant starch, and selecting only fully ripe fruits and vegetables.
3. Work with your doctor or healthcare provider to rule out or address any other potential underlying factors that are causing overgrowth of bacteria. These might include GI tract infections or viral infections, scarring or past surgeries, digestive enzyme deficiencies, medication side effects, antibiotics, and low stomach acid, among others.
Join us for a program that will show you how to identify causes of functional gastrointestinal diseases, along with a proven, natural dietary strategy for treatment.
Founder of the Digestive Health Institute, Norm Robillard, Ph.D. is a leading gut health expert and author of the Fast Tract Digestion book series. He is the creator of the drug-free, antibiotics-free Fast Tract Diet for functional gastrointestinal disorders, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth and related conditions.
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