Gut Health & Digestive Issues

Gut Health

Gut health and digestive issues encompass a variety of conditions, such as coeliac disease, gastritis, SIBO,  irritable bowl syndrome, ulcerative colitis, reflux and crohn’s disease. With symptoms that can vary from indigestion, reflux, pain, bloating, constipation, fatigue, skin issues, weight fluctuations, nutrient malabsorption and brain fog.

Your gut health is foundational to your health and wellbeing and has wide ranging impacts upon your body. Gut health cannot be treated in isolation as there are many factors that can be creating imbalance, such as your environment, nutrition, stress, genetics and illness.

At The Health Lodge we work collaboratively to address the interworking of your body and their influence on your gut. 


Naturopathy & Gut Health

Naturopathy provides comprehensive support for treating digestive issues, employing various modalities to address conditions like SIBO, IBS, chronic constipation or diarrhoea, candida overgrowth, and food allergies. 

Naturopathic practitioners may utilise VNS (Vagus Nerve Stimulation) to regulate digestive function and alleviate symptoms. Private functional digestive testing allows for a detailed assessment of gut health, identifying imbalances and guiding personalised treatment plans. Herbal antimicrobials can target bacterial overgrowth, while nutritional probiotics restore the balance of beneficial gut bacteria. 

Additionally, naturopathy emphasises dietary modifications to address food allergies and intolerances, promoting overall digestive wellness through an individualised approach that combines natural therapies and lifestyle recommendations.

The Integrative Naturopathic team at The Health Lodge work to uncover and treat the root issues of digestive imbalance.

Functional Medicine & Gut Health

Functional medicine offers comprehensive support in the treatment of digestive issues, including the use of specific medicines that can assist in modulating the immune system, reducing inflammation, and improving gut barrier function, which can be beneficial in conditions like Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and irritable bowel syndrome. Effective anti-inflammatory supports, can help manage symptoms associated with conditions such as eosinophilic esophagitis and mast cell activation syndrome. 

Functional medicine practitioners consider individual factors, such as medical history, genetics, and environmental influences, to determine the appropriate use of these medicines alongside other holistic interventions, aiming to address the underlying causes and restore digestive health effectively.


Clinical Nutrition & Gut Health

The support of a clinical nutritionist is invaluable in treating digestive issues by providing personalised guidance on dietary goals and ensuring nutrient requirements are met. Clinical nutritionists have expertise in understanding the relationship between food, digestive health and the gut microbiome. They also acknowledge the intricate connection that gut health has on all other aspects of the body, such as mental health, energy, skin and joints. Clinical nutritionists use functional testing to gain a deep understanding of one’s gut health and treat accordingly to optimise gut integrity and microbial diversity. They assess individual needs, taking into account specific dietary restrictions, food sensitivities/allergies, digestive conditions, health history, and lifestyle circumstances, which then enables them to address and treat your unique digestive needs. 

By designing appropriate nutritional goals and prescribing nutraceutical support, they can ensure a balanced intake of essential nutrients while considering the tolerability of certain foods. Moreover, clinical nutritionists emphasise variety, incorporating a wide range of nutrient-rich foods to prevent deficiencies, optimise the gut microbiome, and promote overall gut health.

The Clinical Nutritionists at The Health Lodge provide guidance to help individuals optimise their diet, alleviate digestive symptoms, and achieve overall digestive wellness. 

Osteopathy & Gut Health

Osteopaths who incorporate visceral manipulation, low-level laser therapy (LLLT), and craniosacral therapy can provide valuable support in the treatment of digestive issues. 

Visceral manipulation involves gentle manual techniques aimed at improving the mobility and function of the organs within the abdominal and pelvic regions. By releasing restrictions and improving organ mobility, it can alleviate symptoms associated with digestive disorders. 

LLLT, also known as cold laser therapy, uses low-intensity lasers to stimulate cellular activity and reduce inflammation in the digestive system. This can promote healing and relieve discomfort. 

Craniosacral therapy focuses on balancing the craniosacral system, which includes the brain, spinal cord, and surrounding membranes. By optimising the flow of cerebrospinal fluid, craniosacral therapy can enhance the body’s self-regulatory mechanisms, supporting overall digestive health. 

Together, these osteopathic techniques offer a holistic approach to address the underlying causes of digestive issues and promote healing.

Acupuncture & Gut Health

Acupuncture, a traditional Chinese healing practice, can provide valuable support in the treatment of digestive issues. By targeting specific acupuncture points along the body’s meridians, acupuncture helps regulate the digestive system, promoting optimal function and relieving symptoms. This stimulation can enhance gastric motility, reduce inflammation, and alleviate symptoms associated with conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux, and constipation. 

Additionally, acupuncture can help address stress and anxiety, which often contribute to digestive problems. By restoring balance to the body’s energy flow, acupuncture offers a holistic approach to digestive health, complementing conventional treatments and providing relief from discomfort.

Our Acupuncturists work with patients and the team of practitioners at The Health Lodge to alleviate symptoms and rebalance the digestive system. 

Psychology & Gut Health

Psychological interventions, such as cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), can help patients develop strategies to manage stress, regulate emotions, and modify maladaptive behaviours that may exacerbate digestive symptoms. Additionally, therapy can address any underlying psychological factors that may be contributing to gastrointestinal distress. 

By improving emotional well-being, coping skills, and stress management techniques, psychology provides a holistic approach to alleviate digestive issues, promoting overall gastrointestinal health.  

For example: Psychology can play a crucial role in treating digestive issues commonly experienced by individuals with ADHD. ADHD can contribute to stress, anxiety, and poor coping mechanisms, all of which can negatively impact digestive health. 

Our team of Psychologists work integratively with other modalities to provide holistic support for patients. 

Learn With Us!

Our Education Portal provides you with the opportunity to learn from our exceptional team of integrative practitioners.

Explore articles, informative videos and resources created by our team to inform, educate and assist you in cultivating health and well-being in your daily life:

Anxiety and The Brain Gut Connection – watch here

Foundations of a Healthy Diet 1: Energy Balance Through Diet – watch here

Foundations of a Healthy Diet 2: Macronutrient Education – watch here 

Foundations of a Healthy Diet 3: Healthy Diet Choices – watch here

Shop With Us!

The Remedy Room provides an online Herbal Dispensary and Naturopathic Services where you can purchase a range of healthcare products and address acute naturopathic care.

The Remedy Room also offers free Naturopathic consultations to assist you with purchasing prescription-only products.

For more information, you can contact The Remedy Room on 02 6685 6445

Integrative Treatment and Coordinated Care

At The Health Lodge, we understand that navigating ill-health can be challenging and we are here to support you in your health journey. Our integrative health professionals recognise that through combining modalities we can create more opportunities for healing. 

We offer customised coordinated care programs, integrating the best modalities and treatment protocols to address your health needs.

Book a free 15min call back from one of our team to discuss how a coordinated care or day patient program may suit your needs.