The gastrointestinal (GI) system, also referred to as the digestive system, is a series of hollow organs joined in a long, twisting tube from the mouth to the anus. The hollow organs that make up the GI or digestive tract are the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, and anus. The liver, pancreas, and gallbladder are the solid organs of the digestive system.
Each part of your digestive system helps to move food and liquid through your GI tract while breaking them into smaller parts. Once this occurs your body can absorb and move the nutrients to where they are needed. In this manner the digestive system sustains and protects our overall health.
Many individuals who have digestive issues that have failed to respond to treatment may resolve with nutrition therapy. For those who experience gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea, constipation, gas, IBS, GERD, abdominal distress, or cramps, there is no need to suffer in silence and disrupt your normal life. Specific foods, particularly foods eaten frequently, may trigger or exacerbate symptoms. And other foods may be needed in your diet for improvement.
Our GI system serves as a communication center for the brain. “Gut feelings” aren’t just for suspense or detective novels. Science continues to explore the powerful connection between the mind and GI tract – the gut-brain axis. This consists of bidirectional communication between the nervous system and the gut, linking emotional and cognitive centers of the brain with intestinal functions, thereby influencing not only physical health but mental health.
Nancy, a NYS certified nutritionist and registered dietitian, has extensive experience with individuals who have digestive disorders. She works closely with patients to determine which foods exacerbate and which ones will help resolve the symptoms. Nutrition intervention is tailored to each individual’s specific diagnosis, symptoms and needs. She will develop a healthy sustainable nutrition program. Dietary recommendations include specific foods and patterns of food choices with consideration for each person’s life style and food preferences as well as specific health related needs.
Nancy provides nutrition counseling services for individuals with gastrointestinal/digestive disorders, including but not limited to:
- Inflammatory bowel disease – Crohn’s and Colitis
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Diarrhea or Constipation
- Celiac Disease/Gluten Sensitivity
- Diverticular disease
- Stomach/Abdominal pain
Nancy has a private practice serving clients in Long Island, Queens and Greater New York. Online nutrition consultations are available.