Although this seems like the latest “health trend” in a long line of trends that come and go, it is much more than a fad.
It is one of the most important foundations of your health.
The reason it seems like we are hearing so much about it now when we never used to is because we are. We are finally starting to understand the important role the gut plays in our overall health and wellbeing. We are seeing more and more data published on gut health in relation to chronic diseases. We are expanding our understanding of the human body.
Digestive issues are widespread, affecting 2 out of 3 Americans (1). This includes symptoms like heartburn, indigestion, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea and gas. Digestive issues account for over 100 million visits to a doctors’ office a year (1).
For many, answers are not provided and they are expected to live with their symptoms. Often, over-the-counter or prescription medications are prescribed, especially when symptoms are mild to moderate, they don’t impede daily activities and all testing is normal. Yet, we go through life feeling like a beat-up version of ourselves.
I’m not into that and I’m here to help you find the answers so you can restore your health.
You might be wondering: but isn’t the microbiome the most important part? It is really important and just one big piece of the story. The microbiome is what we call all the microorganisms that live in harmony in our gut–bacteria, viruses, fungi and yeast. They play a vital role in immune health, blood sugar and insulin control, mood, inflammation, responses to food and even hormone health. And an imbalance in the microbiome can have negative affects on our health. However, if the only part of gut health addressed is the microbiome, we’re missing the rest of the puzzle. Gut health is more than just the bugs that live in our gut and optimizing how the system functions as a whole is key to feeling your best.
As you can see, there are many components to gut health. Determining areas of concern requires a detailed history, including a discussion of the food you eat and the symptoms you’re experiencing. Functional testing can also give key information about what’s going on in your gut. This can include stool testing, breath testing, micronutrient testing and specific food sensitivity testing. Putting this all together can provide important clues as to where the breakdown is happening and how we can address it together. Working to improve your gut health takes time and takes a willingness to make changes. This approach will help you improve your symptoms and feel like you can live life again.