Gut and digestive health
Gut health spans everything from your first bite of food to elimination of waste. Ensuring that the entire digestive track is working is critical to optimal health. The digestive system is tasked with converting your food into molecules that the intestines can absorb and utilize for every functional within the body. If damage to the gut occurs leading to intestinal permeability and/or chronic inflammation, you can quickly become nutrient deficient and experience symptoms inside or outside of the gut. To repair damage and keep your gut health strong, the experienced health care providers at BioLounge use a holistic, functional approach to improve digestive function and reverse symptoms such as: IBS, GERD, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, SIBO, SIFO, gastric pain, hemorrhoids and fissures.
What is gut health?
Gut health refers to the optimal functioning of digestion, absorption, elimination and microbiome balance. A healthy gut has a strong digestive capacity and a healthy balance of microbes that aid in metabolism and breakdown of food.
What are the most common gut-related conditions?
Intestinal permeability is the most common condition that we see at BioLounge and serves as the basis for many of the other get-related conditions we see. Intestinal permeability (leaky gut) occurs when there is damage to the barrier of intestinal cells that is meant to be a “gatekeeper” to the systems within your body. Small areas of damage in the intestinal wall allow toxins, undigested food and harmful bacterial byproducts to leak into the bloodstream. Other chronic conditions that can be caused by poor gut health include:
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-C & IBS-D)
- Crohn’s disease
- Ulcerative colitis
- Celiac disease
- Food intolerance
- Gastric pain or ulcer
- Symptoms of SIBO/SIFO
- Chronic fatigue
- Weight loss / weight gain
How are gut health conditions treated?
To health the gut and support optimal functioning of the entire digestive tract, its crucial to first identify the factors that are causing damage or harm. Your BioLounge provider will design a diagnostic strategy based on your unique symptoms and health history. Tests and evaluations that the team may use to identify these causes include:
- Full health evaluation
- Nutritional assessment
- Nutritional deficiency assessment
- Food sensitivity testing
- Stool testing
- Hormone evaluation
Once the team determines the cause(s) of your poor gut health, they will build a treatment plan to address the finding and track your progress, adjusting treatment as needed. Your provider(s) will work to rebuild the integrity of the intestinal track and gut lining while also rebalancing the microbiome and supporting the peripheral organs involved in digestion and absorption.