Gastrointestinal symptoms are very common, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with them. Too often, we brush aside our symptoms without investigating what caused them. We take an antacid, a stool softener, maybe even a popular pink liquid to soothe the pain. Sometimes we go days without a bowel movement. Other times we’re calculating how far away from the nearest restroom we are.
If you’re ready to get to the root of your gastrointestinal distress, you’ve come to the right place. I love working with the gut. I believe most conditions can be healed when all of those lovely organs in your abdomen are happy!
Brief explanation of the care you’ll receive with me
Your history with your digestive tract: In order to help you heal your gut, I first need to know what your symptoms are and how long you have been experiencing such symptoms. These symptoms are how your body is trying to communicate with you (and me) about what is going on.
Collect more data: In some cases, it can be very helpful to gather extra data with imaging, conventional or functional lab tests. These tests can help rule out or hone in on the area most affected, our starting point.
Custom treatment plan: Based on the information we have collected and credible research, we will develop a treatment plan specifically for you. Your treatment plan may involve recommendations regarding diet, movement, nutritional or botanical supplements, probiotics, homeopathic remedies and possibly pharmaceuticals.
Follow-up and retest: You and I will continue to follow up with appropriate time intervals to assure you are improving. These intervals vary based on severity of your digestive condition and the treatment plan we have agreed upon. They become less frequent the further along you are in your recovery. Retesting allows us to objectively monitor your progress and evaluate your current treatment plan.
An unhappy digestive tract can lead to embarrassing skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, eczema, hives, rough skin and unknown rashes, keratosis pilaris (chicken skin/bumps).
Often, an irritated GI tract results in stress, anxiety, and depression. The gut is responsible for 70% of serotonin, one of the most common targets for depression pharmaceuticals. It is extremely possible that healing the gut and addressing other emotional stressors can prevent the need for mood stabilizing drugs.
The building blocks for hormones are all absorbed (or not absorbed) by your gut. The thyroid is notorious for behaving favorably when the gut is balanced.
Are you familiar with how intimately your sex organs (ovaries/testicles, uterus, etc) are to the small and large intestine? They’re cohabitating in a very intimate space. Would you want to be shoulder to shoulder with an irritable large intestine? It might make you cranky and maybe a little rebellious after a while too…
These are just a few examples of digestive disorders reaping havoc on other body systems. I have no doubt that addressing your gut health will improve your quality of life.