What Causes Digestive Issues And Why Are They So Common?
Many people who experience intestinal distress often perceive their symptoms as a sensitivity or allergic reaction to a certain food. However, there are many factors that can complicate your gut health beyond those two possibilities—some, are not so obvious.
The typical suspects include a hurried lifestyle in which the demands of work or family life force us to consume highly-processed, fatty foods that are fast and convenient. We don’t chew sufficiently, and we often rush meals or eat on-the-go. Plus, we substitute dining out for home-cooked meals, rich with essential fruits and vegetables. And because the nervous system and digestive system are intrinsically linked, stress alone has the power to completely interrupt the digestive process.
However, some contributors to poor gut health, such as dysbiosis, are biological in origin.
What is dysbiosis?
Dysbiosis is a condition that occurs when the beneficial microbial colonies (good bacteria) in your gut become impaired or outnumbered by naturally less dominant, competing bacteria. One form of dysbiosis is Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, or SIBO, in which the small intestine develops an overabundance of bacteria that overwhelms the system. In some cases, a medical issue, such as an illness or injury that requires the extended use of antibiotics, can wipe out the beneficial flora in the gut.
Leaky gut, also known as increased intestinal permeability, is another common issue that can create problems with your gut health. As the name might suggest, this condition occurs when gaps in the intestinal wall, the barrier between your food and other internal organs, begin to loosen, allowing toxins, bacteria, and undigested food particles to leak their way into the bloodstream. When this happens, you experience systematic inflammation and immuno-responses that can create a great deal of discomfort.
And although your diet may play a part in many of these situations, the human body can take as long as three days to react to what we consume. Therefore, trying to identify foods that may be causing distress can be nearly impossible. Fortunately, a medical doctor can offer definitive evaluations, bloodwork, and lab tests that will pinpoint where you are running into problems and offer you solutions that will give you relief.
Perhaps you have some questions or concerns about working with a gut health specialist…
I’ve already been tested, but they couldn’t find anything.
If you have seen a physician and are still having symptoms, something is definitely not working correctly. And even though not having a food allergy is great news, we can still explore aspects of your diet, lifestyle, bathroom habits, skin rashes, or sensitivities that can shed light on your situation. In doing so, we may just uncover what previous doctors, self-help books, and online medical sites have not been able to determine. There is much more to your gut health than food allergies, and we can help determine what those factors are.
What if I can’t afford your services?
My extensive experience in this field has provided me with a wealth of resources and a network of support for clients who need alternatives for lowering their out-of-pocket costs. If you are worried about your gut health and your wallet, I can recommend labs that can provide adequate care for affordable pricing. Even if you don’t have insurance, we can get you the help you need and deserve.
I’ve tried sticking to the right foods, but I keep getting off track.
Understandably, any restrictive diet can present a huge challenge. However, working with a medical doctor can eliminate much of the stress and frustration that comes from blindly navigating what you should and shouldn’t eat. Once we have your test results back, we can set up a treatment plan or diet that is tailored to your own body. And as you progress, we’ll be there to help you stay on course with positive reinforcement, regular check-ups, and any adjustments you may need to make along the way.
You Can Feel More Comfortable In Your Own Body
If you are looking for answers to your gut health issues, we can offer you clarity. Please click on the link below to schedule your appointment and begin living with greater comfort.