Functional Medicine – Digestive Health
THE FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE APPROACH TO DIGESTIVE HEALTH
What is Leaky Gut?
The digestive tract sometimes known as the gut is the gateway to health. If you have a healthy gut then the chances are that you are in good health. However, there’s a condition called leaky gut syndrome that can lead to a host of health problems and it has now been linked with over 140 autoimmune conditions.
The gut tract is like a net and is naturally permeable to very small molecules of vital nutrients. In fact, regulating intestinal permeability is one of the basic functions of the cells that line the intestinal wall. In sensitive people, gluten and other harmful invaders such as toxins or infections can cause the gut cells to release zonulin, a protein that can break apart tight junctions in the intestinal lining.
Functional Medicine Approach
During a comprehensive health consultation, the aim is to identify the underlying root causes and which core systems are out of balance, we can then look at the most effective treatment plan to achieve optimum health. Our programs utilize herbs, nutrients, and a healing diet plan to address the underlying cause of your tummy troubles rather than using antacids or other medications to mask symptoms. You’ll cleanse your digestive tract and repair damage caused by poor diet or overgrowth of harmful organisms.
The Healing Diet will help you eliminate many of the primary foods and “food-like substances” that are major contributors to your problems.
Here’s the list of the Symptoms of a Leaky Gut
- Aches and pains
- Arthritis and joint pain
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Autoimmune Disease
- Digestive Problems such as gas, bloating, reflux, diarrhea or constipation
- Fertility (male and female)
- Food Intolerance or sensitivities
- Headaches & Migraine
- Hormonal Imbalances such as PMS or PCOS
- IBS, Crohn’s or Colitis
- Mood and Mind (depression, anxiety, ADD or ADHD)
- Post-Operative recovery
- Skin problems (acne, eczema, psoriasis)
- Sleep Disorders
- Stress & Anxiety
- Thyroid (Thyroiditis, Hashimoto’s, Graves)
- Weight loss or gain and many more….
Frequently Asked Questions
My doctor gave me antacids. Isn’t that good enough?
Medical doctors are wonderful in so many ways; we wouldn’t want to live in this dangerous world without modern medicine. Unfortunately, many of them are locked in a ‘model’ that is outdated. While taking antacids can give relief of symptoms, they don’t get to the deeper cause. In fact, they can actually create even more imbalance in the digestive system then you had when you started. We’ll look to the cause and help you find safe solutions.
So many people are dealing with food allergies to wheat, dairy etc. Are these diets just a fad?
Unfortunately the increase in food allergies/sensitivities are very real. As we continue to eat foods that are less and less whole and healthy it impairs our digestive tract and creates an immune system overload. Toxins in our environment and chronic stress add to the problem so you can imagine that the numbers of sufferers will continue to increase.
I’ve heard that I should just be eating yogurt and that would help?
Traditional yogurt has active bacterial cultures growing in it. These can be very beneficial. Many of the popular brands of yogurt have added all sorts of sugars and other additives to the point that their benefit is questionable. We highly recommend learning how to create fermented foods to incorporate into your family’s diet. In addition, we recommend a daily supplement of “probiotics” to ensure good gut immunity.