gut health

Why Should I Schedule A Functional Medicine Visit?

When we’re sick, we go to the doctor’s office for a diagnosis and medication to treat our illness. However, sickness shouldn’t be the only reason why we visit the doctor. Functional medicine visits are becoming increasingly popular as they work to evaluate the antecedents, triggers and mediators of disease, even before they begin. These visits… read more

What Is Functional Medicine?

One of the least known medical visits deals with functional medicine, which includes a comprehensive evaluation of an individual’s health and history. Functional medicine’s goal is to help you, as the patient, identify the things that have triggered your symptoms and improve your overall wellness. By identifying our genomic makeup, combined with the environment we… read more

What You Can Do To Keep Your Gut Healthy (And Why You Should)

Gut health contributes to a strong immune system, heart health, brain health, improved mood, healthy sleep, and effective digestion, and it may help prevent some cancers and autoimmune diseases. The food that you eat greatly affects the types of bacteria that live inside you. Here are some science-based ways to improve your gut bacteria. At… read more

Can Caffeine and Other Stimulants Irritate Your Bowels?

For more than 80% of Americans, grabbing a coffee right upon waking is simply the morning routine. However, if you experience digestive upsets such as diarrhea, your drink of choice may be to blame. Caffeine is considered both a drug and a food additive by the Food and Drug Administration. It’s also a stimulant that… read more

What is Collagenous Colitis?

Collagenous colitis is a newly-recognized, fairly rare disease of the colon. It is a disorder with poorly understood origins, but one with troubling symptoms. Collagenous colitis is a microscopic colitis because colonoscopy typically has no signs of inflammation on the surface of the colon. On a colonoscopy, the bowel lining will appear normal, but microscopic… read more

What are the Signs of Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Leaky Gut Syndrome describes a condition where your gut microbes, waste, or other toxins “leak” through compromised gut wall allowing toxins to enter the bloodstream and travel to other internal areas of the body.  It has been associated with dozens of related conditions and diseases, but the cause of it is still somewhat of a… read more

What is SIBO and What Causes it?

If you have never heard of SIBO, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, you aren’t the only one. Most gut issues go undiagnosed and SIBO has a reputation for being massively under-diagnosed. The actual number of people in the general population with SIBO remains a mystery, but studies suggest that between 6 to 15 percent of healthy,… read more

Think You Have IBS? Find Out With Gut Testing

What is gut testing and how can it help with diagnosing Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)? The fact of the matter is, over 85 percent of all adult Americans suffer from some form of intestinal problem with symptoms akin to those of IBS, namely, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal bloating, cramping, pain, and gas. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)… read more

What is a “Normal” Bowel Movement

When it comes to gut health, bowel movement patterns can tell you a lot about your total body wellness.  As a culture, bowel movements aren’t something we talk about much, but if your body’s plumbing isn’t working properly, it can create a toxic environment in your body–literally.  Research in 2010 revealed that your brain and… read more