We have likely all known occasional changes in digestive function, butterflies in our stomach when nervous and possibly cramping, digestive upset or a change in bowel movements with stress, changes in diet or sleep. When these changes persist, however, they can have an impact on your ability to properly digest and absorb the food that you eat. This may result in you obtaining less energy and nutrients from your food. It may result in less protein available for repair and recovery. Without sufficient protein, you cannot adequately produce the neurotransmitters which are so essential for your mental and emotional health. This means that you can become more prone to fatigue, anxiety, depression and other psychiatric disorders when your digestion is disordered (the gut-mind or gut-brain connection).
When the digestive system is under stress, from:
- mental and emotional stress
- undetected food allergies or sensitivities
- poor dietary choices
- certain medications
and other causes, you are more prone to inflammation, imbalances in your normal healthy gut flora and nutrient deficiencies. All of this sets up a kind of domino effect whereby the digestive disorders can cause or exacerbate other symptoms and illnesses. To stop the progression, it is critical to address your underlying digestive issues.
I work with people suffering from a wide range of digestive disorders, including, but not limited to, the following:
- Bloating, gas
- Food allergies, sensitivities and intolerances
- Celiac disease
- Hypochlorhydria (low stomach acid)
- Pancreatic insufficiency
- Dysbiosis (imbalances in the gut flora including Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) and yeast overgrowth or Candida)
- Leaky gut (or increased intestinal permeability)
- Hiatal hernia
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis)
- Diverticulosis & diverticulitis
- Liver and gallbladder disorders
I use detailed screening questions, physical exams and comprehensive functional laboratory testing to pinpoint the cause of your digestive imbalance(s). I then institute a step-wise, proven method to rebalance and restore your digestive health. Optimizing your digestive health is paramount to optimizing your overall health, and with my holistic approach, we work on both in concert.
I repeatedly find that the importance of digestive (or gastrointestinal) health to mental health (and to overall health) is under-appreciated. Digestive health dysfunction has been linked to:
- Trauma (emotional, mental, physical and sexual abuse and trauma)
- Mental clarity (brain fog, poor memory and concentration)
- Adrenal dysfunction (from chronic stress)
- Autoimmmune diseases (Hashimoto’s disease, Graves’ disease (thyroid conditions), Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, etc.)
- Muscle and joint tension and pain
- Changes in Weight
- Changes in Appetite
- Headaches & migraine headaches
- Skin rashes (eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis)
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- …and many other symptoms and disorders.
If you have been suffering from digestive upset, or have a diagnosed digestive disorder and are seeking to optimize your digestive health, I invite you to schedule a complimentary consultation.