Signs that your digestive system needs some help

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Your overall health begins with your digestive system. If it is working effectively then chances are that you are healthy. If it is experiencing a few difficulties then chances are you are noticing it physically. 

Our digestive system is crucial for the breakdown and absorption of the food and drink we consume and its effectiveness is crucial to maintain adequate levels of essential vitamins and minerals. Any problems in this area can lead to a whole host of health problems.

We often think of the obvious when it comes to digestive health imbalances such as bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, reflux, heartburn, indigestion, and excess gas.

However, there is more to it than this!!!!

As a Naturopath one of my guiding principles is to treat the cause and with overall health beginning in the digestive system I will usually begin treatment in the gut. 

What are some of the other signs that you need digestive health support?

* Hormone imbalances - pcos, infertility, heavy periods, clotting

* Skin conditions - eczema, acne

* Allergies - hives, hayfever, histamine gets broken down in the gut but only if it is all working properly

* Respiratory - asthma, recurring cough

* Mood imbalances - anxiety, depression, behaviour difficulties, memory loss a, foggy brain, our brain chemicals are made in our gut

* Pain, including fibromyalgia and joint pain

* Autoimmune - thyroid, Rheumatoid, Psoriasis, Lupus

* Bacteria imbalances - candida

* Food intolerances - gluten, dairy, immune system reactions

* High blood pressure

* High cholesterol

* Insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes 

* Weight gain

If you experience any signs and symptoms in these areas then chances are very high that you are experiencing poor digestive health and require a gut boost with some repair and improvement in digesting and absorbing your food. 

The most important part of working on the digestive system is improving the ability to eliminate toxins. Just because you have a stool movement everyday doesn't mean you are eliminating everything.  Food can get stuck to the intestines and you can reuptake toxins making you feel sick all the time. 

Eating the right foods can help to eliminate all of the excess and the toxins and it will make you feel a whole lot lighter but getting there on your own can be hard.

There may also be opportunistic bacteria that are preventing you from eliminating effectively. Some are involved in reuptaking toxins therefore heavily reducing your chances of eliminating, in fact making it worse.

Other bacteria may create constipation further preventing complete elimination of toxins. The longer the stool stays in the intestine the higher the chances of reuptaking toxins.

Testing the stool to see what your microbiome profile is helps to target treatment plans specific to you and your symptoms. As a fully trained Naturopath it is always possible to treat without testing however sometimes we really need to know just what is holding you back from achieving optimal health.

I move through stages as we repair the gut and at the same time it is important to work on other areas of the body that are being affected by your gut health. Like all of the above mentioned areas eg thyroid and hormones and especially where your elimination organs and pathways are being affected like your liver and kidneys. 

Toxic build up can cause so many issues in the body.  Getting rid of metabolic waste is one of my major specialties. 

You can read a bit more about that in my post on toxins and detox




Although you are noticing symptoms now, this problem actually began many many years ago ie 20 - 30 years ago. Your lifestyle made changes in your gut and in particular your liver and pancreas as well as your ability to process fats, carbs, and proteins.

If only you could understand what is going on inside the body and do what needs to be done while still enjoying life at the same time. 

You can!!!!!

Hi my name is Melissa Callaghan - I am a Bachelor qualified and accredited Naturopath and Nutritionist who specialises in reducing metabolic inflammation as well as improving gut health and balancing hormones and reducing your risk of lifestyle diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.

In my many years working in clinic with my patients I believed that even though everyone had different illnesses there must be one thing that everyone has in common. Our society was just getting sicker and sicker. The most common conditions people go to hospital for are heart conditions, diabetes, obesity, and mental health. I questioned why this was getting worse and worse and occurring in younger age groups more and more.

So I made it my mission to try and get to the bottom of this and I spent years searching for answers. I knew there were contributing factors to people getting sick such as toxins and that these needed to be removed to prevent further sickness but not everyone was exposed to the same toxins. Yet the same illnesses kept filling our medical system. Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, mental health issues and obesity. I've worked in all these areas for years there must be something in common. I asked myself.

Then it hit me, everyone eats. It must be in the food. I began a journey of discovery and found that it was the ingredients in our food creating metabolic inflammation at a cellular level in our bodies. This was blocking pathways so no wonder we couldn't function properly. 

It all began to make sense. If I can create a program that helps people see food from a different perspective then I may be able to help reverse and prevent all of the conditions that people came to my clinic with and combine this with my natural medicine formulas to catch you up and help you feel better quicker.  

Conditions like:

- Metabolic syndrome
- Central adiposity
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Inflammation
- Type 2 diabetes
- Depression
- Anxiety
- Fibromyalgia
- Migraines
- REFLUX (so common)
- Brain fog
- Hormonal imbalances
- Adrenal fatigue
- Chronic pain
- Endometriosis
- Fibroids

Honestly the list goes on. There are so many conditions connected to metabolic inflammation.

I began spending endless hours researching through all of the scientific evidence to find research papers to back up my findings. From here I began to create a program.  One program that would help EVERYONE.

I put together all of the similar components that I was already doing with each of my patients that followed the same path and I put them all together for everyone to follow.

I then began to add in the recipes and focused on creating meals that were delicious, quick and easy to prepare and that the whole family would love.

There was one last thing that I needed.  Over the years I had researched many many other programs and have seen many people try these programs only to bounce right back to where they started or worse after they finished.

I vowed to myself that the most important component (other than regaining health) was for everyone to be able to sustain the new lifestyle. I created a program that is completely flexible. You can go intense when you need to and not so intense when you don’t.

You can change your habits and stop the cravings, binging, and emotional eating. This a big part of what I do. I help you to understand your relationship with food and turn it into a positive one so you will never feel guilty about eating ever again. When you can see the subconsious programming and the habits that got you to where you are and learn skills to change these it becomes easier to sustain a happier, healthier life.

After getting the ball rolling I begin to use this program in clinic with my patients and within weeks and months I was seeing huge success.  Blood test markers were correcting themselves. People were no longer borderline diabetic, blood pressures where going down, cholesterol was going down, Drs had to reduce and remove medications. Reflux was non-existent and fat and kilos began to melt away. Most of all health began to increase.

I knew I was on the right path.

In my clinic I have been putting my patients through this program that I have called it "Toxins Be Gone 8 week Wholistic Detox program". The program incorporates an 8 week detox from inflammatory foods as well as working on changing the habits that lead you to choosing inflammatory foods in the first place (usually emotional eating).  As well as the education of how certain foods and toxins impact your body, the program works on removing toxins that are preventing the mind and the body from working effectively, helping to improve insulin sensitivity, reduce risk of diabetes and heart disease and help to reverse conditions you already have like high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Sometimes making changes can be difficult which is why a major component is working on the subconscious choices and reprogramming your habits and mindset.

My in clinic program is currently being transformed into the 8 week online course that will guide you step by step on your journey to transforming your health quickly. Where others have let you down before and you feel like no program will ever work, this program fills in the gaps that those programs have lacked to set you up for success.

To stay in touch about the program launch join my Facebook Group.

Improvements are seen so quickly which helps keep you motivated. There's also a beneficial side effect of eating for health = weightloss. Most patients lose 6-8 kilos in the first 8 weeks.

If you are ready to take back your health, then book in to see me today. I see patients from all over thanks to technology and I can help you too. 

What if the solution was as simple as changing your diet and your mindset. A growing number researchers believe that it is and that you can prevent or even reverse several of our worst diseases.


Who am I?

I am a Bachelor qualified Naturopath who specialises in improving metabolic processes in the body and reducing metabolic inflammation. Major areas for improvement include gut health, thyroid, kidney, liver, weight loss and mental health. Conditions such as fatty liver, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, type II diabetes, irritable bowel conditions, depression & anxiety. I help my patients by giving them symptomatic relief while working on repairing the underlying causes of metabolic stress and waste accumulation. 

Melissa Callaghan BHSc, BTeach
Naturopath, Nutritionist, Health & Wellness Coach


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