Gut Health and Functional Medicine
Gut health has become an increasingly important topic of study and rightfully so as it is the cornerstone of our entire well-being. If we don't understand and maintain the health of our gut, it can lead to some complex health issues. Getting the occasional bloating and gas may be normal. And while maintaining your gut health can help to reduce these negative symptoms, research has found that maintaining proper gut health can also bring more benefits to your overall wellbeing such as hormone optimization, mood regulation, maintaining a healthy weight, regulating the immune system and optimizing brain function.
Functional Medicine practitioners take an integrative and whole systems approach to addressing gut health by looking beyond just the symptoms - they look at root causes like gut inflammation, gut infections and gut dysbiosis. Functional medicine for gut health includes deeper and more comprehensive tests to evaluate gut bacteria levels and identify any other imbalances that may be present. It may also involve treatments such as dietary changes (including prebiotics and probiotics), exercise modifications, stress management techniques and supplement use.
Functional medicine and gut health go hand-in-hand. By understanding how your gut is working, you can be proactive in maintaining a healthy gut microbiome which in turn will support the immune system, improve digestion, increases nutrient absorption, promotes better mental health, boosts energy levels and so much more! That's why it's important to make sure your gut is functioning properly - and functional medicine practices like ours help individuals every day with just this!
A few common signs and symptoms of poor gut health that you should look out for include: stomach pain or discomfort, bloating, constipation and/or diarrhea, gas or flatulence, nausea and vomiting. Additionally, you may experience acid reflux or heartburn, fatigue, bad breath, histamine reactions, brittle nails, hair loss and skin issues such as acne or eczema. It is important to note that not everyone who has gut health issues will experience the same symptoms – some may experience just a few of these and others may experience them all.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, contact us here at Gut Honest Truth. Here at Gut Honest Truth, we are the quintessential blend of functional medicine and nutritional wellness. Contact us today and start your journey towards overall wellness.