Digestive Health

Fully Functional is an Australian health resource website. Based in Byron Bay we are here to help you navigate the road back to better digestive health.

Maybe you have just recently been experiencing digestion issues. Maybe you’ve been looking for answers for awhile now. Either way we are in this together.

This is my passion, inspired from my long road back to health.

The symptoms of digestive upset can vary immensely from person to person.

Some healthcare practitioners will diagnose and treat based on your symptoms. This, in my humble experience, rarely works.

You may feel some relief from your symptoms but if the root cause of the imbalance is not addressed then the same, or sometimes another digestive symptom will surface.

I believe there is a tight line to walk.

The biomedical approach is great at locating infections and diagnosing disease. Unfortunately their interventions often include pharmaceuticals that can cause more damage than I would like to think about (yes I’m talking about antibiotics).

On the other side of the spectrum we have grass roots herbalism. This approach has much to offer.

Herbs, lifestyle and dietary advice can move the needle more than you might think. Where it can fall short is in finding gut infections and determining if they have been successfully treated after taking the herbal medicine.

You may already know where I am going with this. A perfect blend of herbalism plus diet and lifestyle advice, along with the advanced biomedical testing that functional medicine relies on works a treat for many digestive health issues.

 

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Symptoms of Digestive Imbalance

Some symptoms that may be indicating an underlying imbalance include

  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Nausea after eating
  • Painful stomach
  • Headaches and brain fog
  • Fatigue and lethargy
  • Loose stool
  • Constipation
  • Belching
  • Reflux and Heartburn
  • Food sensitivities

Honestly the list goes on and on. A healthy and fully functional digestive tract is key to maintaining health. When it goes offline a myriad of specific and nonspecific symptoms can occur.

 

New to Digestive Health Issues?

New to Digestive Health issues? Before I moved to the Byron Bay area I sure was. Three years later and I’ve learned from others and taught myself a thing or two about fully functional digestion & the role that Functional Medicine can play in helping you regain yours.

Start with these 3 articles as primers.

  1. Recommended GI testing – CDSA + PCR
  2. Leaky Gut – What is Intestinal Permeability
  3. Treating Your Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Digging Deeper

Concerned that you may have a parasite infection or dysbiosis?

It’s very common for travellers to third world countries to become infected with parasites or the not so friendly bacteria.

Ever heard of Bali Belly? Classic example.

But you don’t have to be a world traveller to become infected with a pathogen! Here in the Byron Bay area there are a number of common parasites hiding in unfiltered tank water, stagnant ponds and in run-off water from cattle’s paddocks.

Some frequent parasite infections in the Byron Bay/Shire and Northern Rivers area not to mention many other Australian areas (can’t forget the rest of you guys!) include –

The presence of these parasites is not unusual. Byron Bay has a beautiful sub-tropical climate. Awesome for going to the beach. Not so great when it comes to incubating parasites.

I have come across dozens of parasite infection cases from friends, co-workers, fellow students and friends of friends that I consider it a serious health concern that we need to talk about!

While I finish up my studies in Health Science here in Byron Bay I will continue to learn, research and most importantly share my findings by regularly publishing new articles. Hopefully the information provided helps you with your health concerns.

If you have any input on the articles published share your thoughts in the comments below each article and please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you feel the need!