As with many other physiological processes, digestive function can
decline with age. A core naturopathic tenet is that health and
dysfunction of the gut is at the core of whole-body health and disease.
As we age, enzyme output, stomach acid production, and bile secretion
all decline; microflora balance is altered; peristalsis is reduced. As a
result, many patients self-medicate with over-the-counter aids that may
temporarily resolve digestive discomforts, but do nothing to address
the underlying issues at the root of their problems.
Age-related digestive decline can manifest as nutrient malabsorption, or
as GI complaints such as occasional gas, bloating, or constipation. If
left unaddressed, they have the potential to lead to undesired
consequences, affecting the immune system, energy levels, hormonal
balance, neurologic function, bone mineral density, and even
Dr. Appleton will discuss physiology, research, and clinical
perspectives that support a protocol for restoring healthy digestion and
related metabolic and physiologic functions throughout the body.
• To enhance practitioners’ comprehension of the aging process as it
relates to gastrointestinal physiology and pathology, and the impact of
GI function on other organ systems.
• To enhance practitioners’ competency and skills in the application of supplements useful in the gastrointestinal system.
• To review new and established research on natural therapies (i.e., botanical, nutritional) for GI function.
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