Digestive Health

Healing the Center, Rethinking Digestive Health

When first meeting with a client for a physical condition, we talk about the importance of boosting and supporting the immune system, the center of which is the gut or microbiome, the cornerstone of digestive health.. Eighty percent of your immune system is found in the the 25-foot channel that is your digestive system. The single layer of intestinal lining is the heart of the immune system which provides a barrier between external and internal environments. Here, our beneficial bacteria live and protect the blood against foreign substances and pathogenic microbes. Conditions from allergies to chronic disease all have their origins in the gut. When the sensitive gut lining becomes inflamed (drugs, radiation, stress, GMO foods) it can tear (Leaky Gut), changing the conditions and composition of bacteria. We are 10:1 more bacteria than human cells so if our smallest inhabitants aren’t happy, neither are we.
Instead of thinking of the gut as just the engine converting food into energy, it is more accurate to think of it as the immune/ neurological center in the body and, therefore, one of three brains. Research has focused on how the microbiome communicates with the Central Nervous System and thereby influences brain function, mood, and behavior. The heart is the second brain, with its own electrical circuitry, and the gray matter in your head is the third brain. Most people identify these brains as separate, but in reality, they all work together toward balance and vitality for the whole body.

Chronic Health Issues Related to Poor Digestive Health

There are many chronic health issues that are related to poor functioning digestive health that Naturopathic medicine can help including:

Chronic Conditions Corrected by Healing the Digestive Tract through Naturopathic Medicine:
  • Constipation, diarrhea,
  • Gluten-intolerance
  • Digestive disorders (Indigestion, gas, bloating)
  • Intestinal dysbiosis (gut microflora imbalances or intestinal candida overgrowth)
  • Food allergies
  • Leaky gut syndrome
  • Ulcers
  • Acid reflux
  • Blood sugar imbalances
  • Pancreatic enzyme insufficiency
  • Gall bladder disorders
  • Liver disease, liver congestion
Other Chronic Conditions Treated by Healing the Digestive Tract through Naturopathic Medicine:
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Allergies
  • Eczema, skin conditions
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Joint pain, inflammation
  • Mental-emotional fogginess
Our Approach to Improving Digestive Health: As many chronic health issues (allergies, autoimmune conditions, joint inflammation) stem from poor digestive health, we look to balance the gut.

When the gut is balanced in a ratio of 85% good bacteria to 15% bad bacteria we are considered healthy. Most people are the reverse, 85% bad bacteria to 15% good, which is called Dysbiosis, and dysbiosis leads to leaky gut, which is the true underlying cause of any chronic disease condition. In leaky gut, the lining of the gut wall becomes inflamed and tears, allowing undigested proteins and food particles to enter the bloodstream where the body attacks these particles as foreign invaders and mounts antibodies against them (autoimmune reaction).

To manage and eventually heal these chronic health issues, we take the approach of healing the gut using the 4 R’s: Remove, Replace, Reinoculate, and Repair:

  • Remove inflammatory foods such as gluten, dairy, corn, soy, sugar, and vegetable oils.
  • Replace nutrients and minerals and enzymes that have gone missing,
  • Reinoculate – with probiotics (beneficial bacteria) and fermented foods.
    Research shows that depression, and mood or behavioral changes, can be traced to a shift in both the species and numbers of healthy gut bacteria. And the imbalance of our gut microbiome is directly linked to chronic illness, including obesity and inflammation
  • Repair by eating healing foods – When we put clean food first: using traditional nutrient-dense foods, introduce live foods, juicing when necessary, fermenting foods and beverages, and eating pastured meats and eggs. To this diet we can add supplemental foods (coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, aloe), teas, tinctures, herbs, whey protein powders, spices (turmeric), whole-food vitamins, glutathione, homeopathic remedies, essential oil blends, and specific gut healing protocols using nature’s tools.

 

Contact us today if you are you ready to improve your digestive health and treat your chronic illnesses.
  • Barbara Cross Plains WI Working with Rosanne has helped me implement a healthier lifestyle through changing my diet. I have many allergies to antibiotics and pain medications, and Rosanne is showing me how to use diet as well as natural supplements to replace them.

  • Traci K., Sauk, WI Rosanne’s Health Plan which consisted of supplementation, detoxing & dietary changes has helped me heal my issues with Leaky Gut Syndrome and Hypothyroidism. She has suggested other modalities of therapy that have also been very beneficial to my healing. I loved that she gently reminded me that the key to healing is focusing on Mind, Body & Spiritual connection.

  • Calleen B. Milwaukee, WI Working with Rosanne has been very beneficial with improving my energy levels. I had been feeling fatigued and struggling with borderline hypothyroidism. With Rosanne’s keen understanding of the body-mind-spirit connection, she guided me to make helpful changes in my diet and lifestyle. Her open and supportive approach is inspiring! Thank you, Rosanne!

  • Shawn Madison, WI Rosanne helped me to resolve a health issue that I had for a few years. She put my fears to rest and her treatment recommendation was successful. She is kind, welcoming and non judgmental, which is important when you face and change your habits, health and wellbeing.

  • Lisa Madison, WI Rosanne Lindsay helped us a lot once we found out that the chemotherapy would not work on James’ cancer. She helped him (and all of us) have four more most enjoyable months.

  • Lili Minneapolis, MN

    “I was impressed with Rosanne Lindsay’s care during my first naturopathy experience. I’d never thought I could do so with someone living in a different state! I had wanted to try an “elimination diet” previously but wasn’t ready to do it on my own. She educated me on supplements, on my body’s needs and helped me reduce my anxiety level. I no longer need anxiety medication, and my AD/HD med has been lowered!”

    Want a naturopath who can guide you easily through your detox and believes in making delicious smoothies (and knows how to) and helps you reduce your need for meds? Ask Rosanne Lindsay.

  • Cal, Fon du Lac, WI My wife and I are in our mid to late 70’s.We appreciate and respect Dr. Rosanne’s knowledge, her zeal for natural supplements, and her desire to enhance our life style with her approach to wholesome health.   

  • Debbie Sun Prairie WIRosanne Lindsay has helped me heal my leaky gut and by doing so my body is better able to absorb vital nutrients. Now that I am absorbing more nutrients I don’t get leg cramps, I have more energy and I look forward to obtaining optimal health. I highly recommend seeing Rosanne if you are looking to heal yourself without prescription drugs or surgery etc.

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