No one is immune from the occasional stomach ache. But when bloating, gassiness, diarrhea or constipation become the norm… it’s time to investigate. Some physicians even go so far as to declare that all diseases start in the gut!
Getting To The Root Cause Of Symptoms
While the symptoms of hundreds of gut diseases are literally the same (bloating, gassiness, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain), they may be caused by very different mechanisms that each require a specialized approach.
That’s why it’s dangerous to mask the warning symptoms with over-the-counter remedies like antacids, laxatives or anti-diarrheals – without investigating the true root causes.
In the 1990’s, we made incredible advances in understanding that our health is deeply linked to our microbiome. The microbiome is a collection of microbes including bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses that live on and inside the human body.
The bacteria in our gut microbiome help digest our food, protect our immune system, fight harmful bacteria or viruses, and produce important nutrients like B12, thiamine (B1) and riboflavin.
They also produce important neurotransmitters that allow for proper brain function. This is why people with poor gut health oftentimes report brain fog!
Unfortunately, these new advances in science take an average of 18 years to find their way from the scientific literature into conventional doctors’ practices. That’s why you would be well served to see functional medicine providers, like our team at Carolina Center for Functional Medicine.
The Functional Medicine Approach to Treating Gut Issues
The functional medicine approach to healing the gut relies on advanced lab testing, followed by creating a custom-tailored, personalized protocol to restore your body’s innate healing potential, to bring your body back into balance.
Since the gut impacts our health on so many levels, it’s the first place we focus when we explore a patient’s case. This helps us to determine whether they have issues like leaky gut, irritable bowel syndrome, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), or its cousin small intestinal fungal overgrowth (SIFO).
Whether we discover unresolved stealth infections, environmental toxins, food allergies or other endocrine or system-wide issues, these lab tests help us arrive at a precise diagnosis, so we understand how to address the underlying dysfunction for good.
Don’t just chalk your symptoms up to having a “sensitive” stomach or “getting older”. Seek out care from a functional medicine-trained provider to avoid compromising your long-term health.
At Carolina Center for Functional Medicine, our expert team is trained to investigate the symptoms and causes of your chronic digestive disorder and create an effective treatment plan, supported by the appropriate lab tests.
If you have been experiencing chronic symptoms that may be connected with digestive problems and are looking for answers, schedule an appointment with Carolina Center for Functional Medicine today!
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Perhaps you have questions you’d like to ask before you make a decision to become a patient. We are happy to answer any questions you have to determine if Carolina Center for Functional Medicine is right for you.