Gut Dysfunction and Chronic Disease: The Benefits of Applying the 5R® Programme

Self-Directed CPD

Number 113. For professional use only

ABSTRACT: Each day, the typical healthcare practice is challenged by several cases involving gastrointestinal (GI) complaints. Moreover, many conditions in which symptoms are not localized to the GI but may be systemic often involve an underlying GI dysfunction. For example, research has shown associations between compromised GI function and conditions as varied as rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, metabolic bone disease and eczema. Therefore, assessment and proper support of GI function may provide benefit for patients with a variety of chronic complaints. The GI system is quite complex, and evaluation of GI function in order to design a therapeutic support programme is often a difficult undertaking in a busy practice. A conceptual framework that enables the practitioner to evaluate and target therapies aimed at improving GI function has been developed. Called the 5R Programme, this approach uses the concepts of Remove, Replace, Reinoculate, Repair and Retain to provide a focus for evaluation and treatment. The result of this approach is the ability to implement a targeted intervention programme involving nutrients, digestive enzymes, and probiotics that promote normalized GI function and optimal health.

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