<thrive_headline click tho-post-475 tho-test-1>Stop Coping with your Digestion Problems!</thrive_hea
I dealt with digestion problems all my life. I remember my mom taking me to the emergency room almost every month with terrible stomach pain. I was always constipated and bloated. I never received any advice on general nutrition or how to heal my gut. This is how I grew up and I learned how to cope with my digestive issues until my early 30s.
It wasn’t until I changed my diet and stopped eating junk food that my digestion slowly started to switch. I can now say that I am fully aware of the foods that heal my body and make me feel great and I avoid any processed foods. I don’t suffer any digestive issues and I feel better than ever!
Digestion problems are the most misunderstood and mismanaged disorders in conventional medicine. Digestion impacts the health of your whole body; it plays multiple roles beyond digestion, it is the body’s central hub, linking the functions of digestion and the absorption and assimilation of nutrients to every other system of the body.
Nowadays, we have so much information and new knowledge about how the gastrointestinal microbiome is the driver of many of our health issues, even those that don’t seem to be related to our gut. Our digestive system holds an enormous volume of beneficial bacterial flora that is called the microbiome. The microbiome represents more than 100 trillion bacterial cells that reside in your digestive system. There are thousands of unique species of bacteria in our gut.
Did you know that only one out of ten cells in your body is “human”? We are more bacteria than human!
These guys perform innumerable and critical functions. They help digest proteins and carbohydrates and control metabolism. Beneficial bacteria also help your body absorb minerals, B, and K vitamins, quell intestinal inflammation, food sensitivities, immune function, mental health and even your weight. Many people who have trouble losing weight have an imbalanced gut flora.
The microbiome is greatly affected by the foods we eat, our stress, and medications – especially acid-blocking drugs and antibiotics. These drugs are harmful to the gut flora and cause a dysfunction in your digestive system.
We also have a balance of good and bad gut bacteria. The good guys help keep the bad guys (harmful bacteria) in check, this good balance promotes a healthy environment. However, when harmful bacteria take over, it sets the environment for dysbiosis (an imbalance in the gut microbiota). And, because beneficial flora plays such an important role in your immune system, an abnormal immune function can be a consequence when this balance gets out of whack.
It Starts in the Gut
Digestion problems have increased at an exponential rate during the last decade. The same we can say for all chronic diseases that plague us today.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, cramping are common complaints but they are not normal. You don’t have to live with these issues for the rest of your life.
Other health complaints directly related to gut health are:
Eczema, psoriasis, hives, acne
Depression, mood disorders
Why are we sicker than ever? What has it changed?
The answer is very simple: it is our lifestyle. The way we eat, sleep, and have chronic stress, along with environmental toxins and medications, all greatly impact our gut health and how we feel. These factors dramatically change our gut flora balance.
When we look at digestion, we always start north to south. If you are always eating on the run, don’t chew your food thoroughly, you will not produce enough stomach acid and enzymes to digest your foods. As a result, partially digested food will sit in your GI tract for too long, producing gas and reflux. This result is that you suffer from bloating and gas.
When we don’t digest our foods properly, the cells lining the small intestine become inflamed, the cells start to lose their villi and microvilli projections. Loss of the mucosal integrity sets the stage for intestinal permeability and the development of food sensitivities, which further promote GI inflammation. “leaky Gut” syndrome sets in.
As leaky gut syndrome continues, the immune system becomes overwhelmed, as is the neurological interface between the blood and the brain. Many of the leaked substances have antigenic properties as well as neuroactive components. Meaning it impairs the immune system as well as affecting brain function.
When our internal terrain has been altered and is not supporting health, an exposure to a pathogenic bacterial can then thrive. When any of these issues occur, the result is GI inflammation and impaired gut immunity.
Eliminating Bacterial Imbalance and Infection
To achieve complete healing and balance of beneficial bacteria in your digestive tract, we need to take several steps.
Identify and eliminate any pathogenic bacteria overgrowth as well as offending foods that are causing inflammation. This is done using functional lab testing.
Repopulate the gut with beneficial bacteria, using probiotic foods and supplementation.
Repair and heal the gut lining by taking gut restoring nutrients.
Boost digestive capacity with enzymes and hydrochloric acid.
Support healthy digestive function with dietary, lifestyle, and supplemental support.
Without proper testing is very difficult to determine what foods are causing inflammation. Stool testing allows us to see the growth of specific bacterial strains – both beneficial and non-beneficial – and how abundant they are, the presence of any parasites or yeast overgrowth, inflammatory markers of the gut, and the ability of the digestive system to break down the foods being consumed.
In our practice, we use a comprehensive stool test to determine our clients’ gut health and the MRT Food Sensitivity test to discover the foods that are causing an inflammatory response in the body. This information allows us to put together an individualized protocol designed reestablish proper function and bring the body back to balance. We can bring relief to symptoms that have often been going on for quite some time.
Are you ready to get to the root cause of your unexplained health issues, whether digestive or otherwise?
We can help you get a new level of health and vitality.