Is your gut giving you problems? Have you seen multipule GI doctors but have no answers?

 

It’s vital to take care of your gut. The gut is the seat of the immune system, it has its own nervous system, and it profoundly affects brain function.

It’s impossible to manage a chronic illness without addressing your gut.

If you have gut complaints, chances are you have other chronic health issues, or are at higher risk of developing a chronic health condition.

Do you suffer from any of the following symptoms?

  • Pain or cramping in the stomach or abdomen
  • Abdominal bloating from gas
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea or heartburn
  • Excess gas, flatulence, belching, bloating
  • Chronic constipation, diarrhea, or both
  • Fatty stools
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Multiple food sensitivities
  • Malabsorption symptoms
  • Fatigue
  • Chronic skin issues (psoriasis, eczema, rashes, etc.)
  • Joint pain
  • Chronic pain
  • Mood disorders
Gut problems can have multiple causes. In functional medicine we look at why you have gut symptoms instead of simply looking for ways to mask symptoms.

 

Many different factors can cause gut problems, and they should be addressed as they can cause bigger health problems.

Leaky gut

Leaky gut is the most common gut disorder we see in functional medicine, and it plays a primary role in many health disorders.

Leaky gut, also known as intestinal permeability, arises when the lining of the intestines become inflamed and damaged. This causes it to become overly porous, allowing undigested food, bacteria, yeast, molds, and other pathogens to escape into the sterile environment of the bloodstream.

Once in the bloodstream, these compounds trigger inflammation, which is at the heart of so many chronic health problems today:

  • Skin problems
  • Joint pain
  • Chronic pain
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Mysterious symptoms
  • Puffiness
  • Fatigue
  • Brain fog
  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Poor memory
  • Asthma
  • Food allergies and sensitivities
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Fungal infections
  • Migraines
  • Arthritis
  • PMS
  • Inflammatory bowel disorder
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Psoriasis
  • …and many more.

Conventional medicine now recognizes leaky gut

Conventional medicine once dismissed leaky gut as folklore, but researchers now validate it and link it with many chronic disorders. This is because the gut is the seat of the immune system and repairing leaky gut is vital to managing any chronic health disorder.

How to repair leaky gut

It’s important to know what contributed to your leaky gut when you work to repair it as this will better your chances of recovery. However, diet is foundational regardless the cause.

The most common cause of leaky gut is a poor diet of processed foods and excess sugars. Food intolerances also play a major role, especially a gluten intolerance.

leaky gut diet, also known as an autoimmune diet, has a strong track record of helping people repair leaky gut. Unstable blood sugar also contributes to leaky gut, so blood sugar stability is important. This requires eating regularly enough so you don’t “bonk” and avoiding too many carbohydrates that can send blood sugar soaring and crashing.

Other common causes of leaky gut include:

  • Antibiotic use
  • Overuse of NSAIDs such as ibuprofen
  • Excess alcohol
  • Gut bacteria imbalance
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Autoimmunity

Many nutrients can help repair a leaky gut, but it’s important to also address what caused it. If you have an autoimmune condition, managing leaky gut can be a lifelong process requiring food restrictions and careful attention to lifestyle to prevent provoking inflammation and flare ups.

A leaky gut protocol is foundational to improving health. Not only can it relieve symptoms but it can also improve energy, enhance well being, make you happier, and clear your head. Ask me for advice on implementing a leaky gut diet and protocol.

I use a variety of tests to screen for and monitor leaky gut and leaky gut protocols, as well as to screen for which foods, chemicals, and infections may be contributing to your leaky gut.

 

SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) and IBS

Do you struggle with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), diarrhea, or constipation? Is your belly always bloated? If so, you may have small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).

While SIBO can cause many problems, its trademark symptoms are a chronically bloated, distended stomach, flatulence, belching, and a tendency toward either chronic diarrhea, constipation, or both.

SIBO symptoms

  • Bloating, excess gas, flatulence, belching
  • Abdominal bloating from gas
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Constipation, diarrhea, or both
  • Nausea or heartburn
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Multiple food sensitivities
  • Leaky gut
  • Fatigue
  • Malabsorption symptoms (anemia or fatty stools)
  • Rosacea
  • Neurologic and muscular diseases

Why SIBO causes bloating, gas, constipation, and diarrhea

SIBO happens when bacteria that belongs in the large intestine works its way into the small intestine, where it doesn’t belong. These bacteria produce large amounts of gas when you eat sugars, grains, legumes, and other foods that activate SIBO. This is what causes bloating, belching, flatulence, constipation, and diarrhea (depending on the type of gas produced).

SIBO causes leaky gut

SIBO irritates and damage the lining of the small intestine, leading to leaky gut, in turn triggering chronic health disorders linked to inflammation.

How I can help you manage SIBO

Treatments for SIBO include either special antibiotics, herbal antibiotics, a medical fast using a nutrition drink for two to three weeks, a long-term SIBO diet, or a combination of approaches.

Ask me how I can help you test for and manage SIBO.

 

Multiple food sensitivities

Some people find the list of foods they can eat progressively shrinking. This is a distressing and frustrating issue.

Multiple food sensitivities is known in the scientific world as loss of oral tolerance. It’s important to acknowledge and address because it is linked with autoimmunity and chemical sensitivities. The underlying immune imbalance is largely the same for all three.

I can help you restore oral tolerance by looking at underlying causes, which can include immune imbalance, hormone deficiencies, poor brain function, poor gut bacteria composition, and the need to boost certain anti-inflammatory strategies.

We can screen you for which foods you have an immune reaction to and then monitor the progress and success of your oral tolerance protocol with follow-up testing.

 

Gut autoimmunity

Sometimes a person follows the perfect diet and takes the right supplements and gut function continues to suffer.

If an autoimmune disease is attacking your gut, this could be why. Autoimmunity means the immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys body tissue instead of protecting it. Autoimmunity is very common today, affecting more people than cancer and heart disease combined.

When you have autoimmunity to tissues anywhere in the digestive tract, you may experience symptoms that come and go in severity and you can’t ever seem to fully kick.

If this is the case, it’s worth being screen for autoimmunity with a Cyrex Labs test.

 

Weight loss

Dieting is miserable and most people who lose weight on low calorie diets gain it back plus extra.

In functional medicine we know stubborn weight can be linked to inflammation, leaky gut, stress, low thyroid function, and other issues.

If you want to lose weight you’ll have the most success following a diet that lowers inflammation, detoxifies the system, and is extremely nourishing. It can be a big adjustment at first because it may mean giving up some favorite staples you eat daily, but adopting a diet that is a way of life instead of a quick weight-loss plan pays you back multiple times in feeling and functioning better.

 

Boost weight loss success with gut repair and liver detoxification

I have found nutritional compounds that help repair a damaged gut, lower inflammation, support the liver, and gently detoxify the system is a wonderful way to boost weight loss on an anti-inflammatory diet.

 

Ask my office for more information about a detoxification and gut-repair program.