Why is gut health important? "All diseases start in the gut." – Hippocrates
A healthy gastrointestinal system is vital to addressing not only common digestive symptoms, but also to assist in treating immune, neurological, and inflammatory issues. Common digestive complaints such as heart burn and bowel movement irregularity are major warning signs that there is something underlying the symptoms. “Leaky Gut” is a term in functional medicine that is becoming more understood. A “Leaky Gut” means that the intestinal cells have become inflamed from triggers such as foods, low digestive enzymes, antibiotics, infections, blood sugar issues, stress, toxins, and medications. The inflamed intestinal cells do not allow for proper absorption of essential nutrients and also become poor barriers to things that should not enter the systemic tract and would normally be eliminated. “Leaky gut” has been associated with many conditions including autoimmune diseases, skin problems, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and heart disease. Testing:
Food Reactivity and Allergy Testing
ALCAT Testing- ALCAT is a blood test that can detect up to 200 different food sensitivities based on how your white blood cells react when exposed to these food antigens.
If food sensitivities are detected it is recommended that those foods be removed from the diet for a certain period of time. Each ALCAT test result includes a individualized 4 -day rotational eating plan to help guide you in eating a variety of foods for your optimal health and healing.
Vibrant Food Allergy, Food Sensitivity, and Food Protein Antibody Testing (Wheat, Egg, Dairy, Soy, Peanut, Corn)
Comprehensive Stool Testing
Diagnostic Solutions – Evaluates digestion and absorption of proteins and fats, detects deficiencies in digestive enzymes, and evaluates a person’s microbiome to see if the there is a presence of healthy or harmful gut flora.
Gut Permeability Testing ("Leaky Gut")
SIBO Breath Test
Treating Gastrointestinal Issues
Address issues found on testing, such as food rotation diets, nutritional supplementation recommendations, and sometimes more aggressive treatments to correct problems with medications.