Signs of Digestive Issues
Digestive complaints such as gas, bloating, abdominal pain, irritable bowel, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, and reflux are very common. A properly functioning digestive system is critical to good health, which is why addressing any underlying gut dysfunction is the most appropriate starting place when addressing chronic health problems.
The Gut-Immune System and Gut-Brain Connections
It is generally understood that our digestive system breaks down the food we eat to provide our body with the vitamins and minerals it needs to function. Less commonly recognized by conventional providers, but readily understood among functional medicine practitioners, is the gut-immune system and gut-brain connections.
Leaky Gut Exposes Your Immune System to Toxins
60-80% of the immune system is located inside our gut and is responsible for keeping toxins, allergens, and microbes out. Our immune system is protected from this toxic environment in the gut by a layer only one cell thick. When this barrier becomes damaged, we develop LEAKY GUT, a condition in which the immune system is no longer protected, becomes overactive and produces inflammation throughout the body. Additionally, 90% of neurotransmitters such as serotonin are produced by gut bacteria.
Results of Leaky Gut and Gut Imbalances
Leaky gut and gut imbalances contribute to hormonal imbalances, autoimmune diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, diabetes, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, eczema, acne, and rosacea.
Dr. Carlson frequently recommends food sensitivity testing, a breath test to evaluate for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), and comprehensive stool testing to help determine the underlying cause of your symptoms.
- Gas, Bloating, Nausea
- Abdominal Pain or Discomfort
- Heartburn, Reflux
- Candida Overgrowth
- Dysbiosis – abnormal bacteria in large intestine
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) – Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis
- Celiac disease & Gluten Sensitivity
- Small Bacterial Intestinal Overgrowth (SIBO)
- Leaky Gut
- Gallbladder Disease
- Food Sensitivities