Your gut health is more important than you think. It is home to the majority of the bacteria in your body and affects different aspects of your health such as your metabolism, mental health, and immune health. So when your gut is not in its optimal condition, so are you.
COMMON GUT HEALTH CONDITIONS:
GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
IBD (Inflammatory bowel disease)
LIFESCIENCE HEALTH MANAGEMENT
We believe that all the body’s systems interact with each other and that when one system does not function well, it affects the rest of the body. The gastrointestinal tract is one complex system that does not only involve the digestion of food and absorption of nutrients; it also has a bidirectional communication system with the brain, plays a part in hormone production and clearance, houses the gut microbiome, and it also is directly involved with immune system function.
A functional medicine consult looks at how your lifestyle impacts your gut health and how the current state of your gut is connected to the state of your overall health.
ORGANIC ACIDS TEST
An organic acids test is a urine test that gives a snapshot or profile of your body’s nutrition and metabolism.
Through the test, we can look into nutrients and minerals you may be lacking or having too much of, issues in cellular energy production, and antioxidant sufficiency and function. These findings are especially helpful because we can investigate other details that can not be probed by conventional testing. We usually address findings by supplementation or lifestyle modification.
FOOD SENSITIVITY TEST
The Food Sensitivity Test measures IgG antibodies you may form against specific foods. When these antibodies bind and “neutralize” food antigens, they form complexes that can circulate in your blood and result in various symptoms. Avoiding foods that cause increases in IgG may lead to decreased symptoms of food sensitivity such as migraines, joint pain, skin issues, and generally feeling unwell.
GUT HEALTH 360 TEST
This is a special stool test that gives information on the state of your gut health by looking into the microbes that populate your gastrointestinal tract, the presence of markers of inflammation, and how well your gut is able to digest and breakdown your food.
The information we get from these tests gives a picture of how well your gut is able to function. If you have problems with your digestion or symptoms of inflammation and have been wanting to know the underlying mechanisms of your symptoms, this test may be useful.
Maintaining a healthy gut would be observing mindful eating, observing balance, variety, and moderation in your diet, and eating foods that support a balanced gut microbiome. Examples of these are phytonutrients, fiber, whole grains, legumes, and fermented foods. Incorporating movement and exercise in your daily routine can also support and improve your digestion.