Digestive Health & Leaky Gut

Hippocrates, the father of medicine, believed that all disease began in the gut. I agree.
The GI tract is not only where food gets digested and absorbed, but it’s also the first line of defense for our immune system.

The gut lining serves as a physical barrier, preventing harmful substances such as undigested food particles, bacteria, yeast and parasites from entering the body. The gut lining contains a significant amount of immune tissue, produces protective antibodies and plays a role in detoxification.
The job of the GI tract is to break food down and help us assimilate nutrients, to keep out undigested food and harmful substances, yet selectively allow in the nutrients we need for repair and regeneration.

The key to a healthy GI tract and gut lining is permeability; it must be permeable enough to allow vital nutrients through, but not so permeable that it looks like Swiss cheese, and allows undigested food, bacteria and yeast to get across and enter the blood stream.

An estimated 70% of the immune system lives in the gut, and it’s called the GALT or Gut Associated Lymphoid Tissue. The gut is also called the “Second Brain” because it has nearly as many neurons as the brain. This nervous system of the gut is called the enteric nervous system, and it produces more serotonin than the brain.

Research shows that over 60% of all patients’ symptoms and nearly 100% of all chronic diseases have a direct correlation to GI dysfunction. Our diet, the contamination of our food and water, toxins and pesticides, and the overuse of antibiotics have created a situation where just about everyone we see has some level of gut dysfunction and/or Leaky Gut.

Are You Ready to Heal Your Gut?

If you are ready to get to the Root Cause of many chronic health problems, look and feel great again, my complete Gut Restoration Program™ is a great place to start! The program utilizes lab testing, specific meal plans, clinical grade supplements and all the tools needed to make sure you succeed.

To really get at the Root Cause of a patient’s issues – We Don’t Guess, We Test.

Some of the functional lab tests we utilize are:

  • Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis
  • Organic acid testing
  • Microbiome Testing
  • Food Allergy/Sensitivity Test - to personalize care to your specific needs.

Symptoms Gut Problems:

  • Reflux or Heartburn
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas/ Flatulence
  • Bloating
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Bad Breath
  • Undigested food in stool

What To Expect:

Our emphasis is on restoring gut health, gut integrity and healthy gut bacteria or microbiome. We will likely prescribe things like digestive enzymes, prebiotics and probiotics and antimicrobial supplements or herbs to improve digestion and re-establish the healthy bowel flora. Every patient and clinical presentation is unique, however you can count on the following:

  1. A Personalized eating plan focused on eliminating inflammation and dysbiosis or over-growth of harmful bacteria or yeast.
  2. A review of your medical history, medications and use of anti-inflammatories or pain medications and antibiotics which are can be very damaging to the gut.
  3. A personalized health and recovery plan with specific foods, recipes, supplements and herbs to ensure a safe and speedy recovery.

We are here to be a community resource, even if you are not ready to commit to a complete Gut Restoration Plan. Here are some general recommendations that may be useful for less complicated or severe cases:

  • Introduce real fermented foods, like kimchi or sauerkraut (without sugar), coconut kefir.
  • Try an anti-inflammatory diet, we’re here if you need help.
  • Try eliminating wheat, gluten, diary and eggs for a minimum of 4-6 weeks.
  • When buying meat go for grass-fed beef, free-range chicken and wild-caught fish.
  • Try some Bone Broth (home-made is best) which is great for the belly and has lots of amino acids like glycine, in addition to collagen which can help heal the lining of the gut.
  • Try a clinical grade probiotic, we have a number to choose from and can help direct you to the best quality and strains, because rebuilding healthy gut bacteria is essential.
  • Clinical grade digestive enzymes, L-glutamine, vitamins A, C and D, the mineral zinc, deglycerized licorice and aloe are all helpful in helping repair the gut lining as well.

So whether you experience bloating, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, heartburn or reflux, we can help! If you are ready to heal your gut and thrive again Call us at 541-447-7230 and schedule your Functional Medicine consultation!

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