How Can I Heal My Gut?
When considering root cause issues, overall gut health is one of the first places we look. Poor diet and symptoms such as indigestion, bloating, cramping and not moving your bowels normally everyday, can suggest unhealthy gut flora. This can lead to whole body inflammation and the development of autoimmune diseases.
More about the Gut…
Newer research and the health movement in our society has allowed us to become more and more educated when it comes to gut health and the immune system. Many patients are already familiar with the term “leaky gut” and how this can cause immune issues and development of a wide variety of diseases, ranging from heart disease and hypothyroidism. Leaky gut is the understanding that the foods we eat can affect the integrity of our gut lining. Zonulin is the protein in our gut that controls how wide the openings are that separate what’s in our gut tube from what’s in our bloodstream. Small openings are important for nutrients to be absorbed into the body, but things like gluten, yeast, bacteria and sugary foods can cause a rise in zonulin levels. In turn, the permeability of not just nutrients but also toxins from the gut into the bloodstream goes up. Testing your zonulin level can give you a good idea if leaky gut is a concern for you.
What Kind of Testing Can I Do?
Comprehensive stool testing is also beneficial in identifying the overgrowth of bacteria occurring in the gut. Overgrowth of abnormal pathogens is called dysbiosis. What has also been found to be common among our patients is overgrowth and/or suppression of the normal, healthy gut flora.
Diagnostic Solutions Laboratory offers a four page comprehensive stool analysis which includes any overgrowth of bacteria, viruses, parasites, and worms. This testing also measures levels of our normal gut bacteria, and lastly, outlines an entire gut health panel. The gut health panel includes inflammatory markers, gut immune cells, as well as indicators for how well your body is digesting foods.
90 Days to Gut Balance
The lining of the gut must have proper permeability and integrity so it can not only absorb nutrients, but also prevent toxins, allergens and microbes from gaining access to the blood stream. Maintaining gut health is the key to maintaining overall wellness.
Digestzyme: Stomach Acid, Enzymes, Bile.
GI Microbe-X: kill overgrowth of bacteria, yeast, parasites.
Probiotics: Supplements that help push in good bacteria. Also include probiotic rich foods.
- Prebiotics: fiber that helps feed the good bacteria but that does not allow pathogenic species to overgrow
Option 1: Tegricel: Colostrum boosts the igA immune system in the gut lining back to its original and normal function once pathogenic bacteria has been removed.
- Option 2: Gi-Revive
Many symptoms of leaky gut are brushed off as “normal” bodily functions, but these uncomfortable conditions can be avoided!
Do you suffer from any of the following?
- Chronic diarrhea
- Gas or bloating
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Poor immune system
- Headaches, brain fog, memory loss
- Excessive fatigue
- Skin rashes and problems such as acne, eczema, or rosacea
- Cravings for sugar or carbs
- Arthritis or joint pain
- Depression, anxiety, ADD, ADHD
You may be surprised to learn these conditions are linked to gut health!
Don’t be fooled by seemingly normal discomfort. If you suspect there is a deeper issue, we’re here to help!