A Nutritionist’s Guide to Good Digestive Health Through Lifestyle Choices Transcript

Baljit: We believe strongly in patient empowerment and patient education and awareness. It’s through that that we gain the knowledge of things that we can and can’t do to improve our overall health. Especially when working with colorectal cancer, only 40% of the population in canada is being screened at the moment.

VO: Today on health and family, we speak with Baljit Sidhu, operations director at Canadian Place Endoscopy and founder of Nutriprime Health Services to learn more about being proactive within our digestive health.

Baljit: Canadian Place Endoscopy Clinic is a colon cancer screening centre in Mississauga Ontario. We opened our doors a decade ago, and since then we’ve screened over 50,000 patients and detected close to 300 cancers.

VO: Through her work in colorectal cancer screening and recovery, Baljit has seen first hand the importance of stress reduction and nutrition within clinical outcomes.

Baljit: What I realized was the patients would come in for their screening and be cancer free, and then we would see them in the next 5-10 years, which was great, but they were still suffering from GI symptoms. Research tells us a big component of mitigating colorectal cancer is diet and lifestyle. There’s only a very small genetic component that we’re aware of.

VO: Baljit has implemented several integrative health programs in clinic and in private practice, bridging the gap between screening and prevention.

Baljit: There’s a lot that we can do in terms of disease prevention overall. We strongly believe in a balanced lifestyle. We’re not telling anybody not to do something or to do something; everybody has a different way of living. We provide tools, especially when it comes to mindset. So, for instance: the clinically proven MBSR program (Mindful Based Stress Reduction). It’s an 8 week program, where the focus is really becoming aware of your body, what’s happening inside your body, your thoughts associated with those senses. We find a lot of our patients that are dealing with you know, IBS for instance. Mindset, stress and IBS are strongly linked.

VO: Additionally, lifestyle changes can significantly reduce our chance of colon cancer and help to improve digestive systems. This is the idea behind the Nutrithrive Health Services Program.

Baljit: Which is essentially a team of experts that help our patients get to where they need to go. So, we really focus on mindset, diet modification, and lifestyle. Things that we would encourage would be of course exercise, a well balanced diet, you know – slowing down. So, adding mindful practices to your daily life. Things like having a cup of tea, which is really a ritual.

VO: A healthy diet includes healthy beverages. As a certified nutritionist and tea sommelier, Baljit has created a line of teas specific to wellness.

Baljit: The CPE tea line was created for two reasons. The first was because our patients do have to go through a bowel cleanse, and they have to be on a liquid diet. We would get a lot of questions from our patients asking, you know ‘what do I eat, what do I drink, can I have Gatorade, can I have this, can I have coffee?’ So we decided, you know what, we’re going to prepare a kit for our patients; a CPE tea kit that is focused on colon health, that is focused on digestive wellbeing.

VO: Baljit encourages those concerned with digestive health to be proactive.

Baljit: Our message is to be proactive about your health. A lot of these diseases are preventable through education and awareness. We want them to be educated and we want them to be aware of all of the tools out there that they can use to their benefit to reduce their chances of disease.

VO: To learn more about being proactive within digestive health, please speak with your healthcare professional or visit the websites below : nutrithrivehealth.com and endoscopy.clinic.com