Why Gut Health is Important to You

“All Disease Starts in the Gut”  – Hippocrates

Gut health is critical to good health. An unhealthy gut contributes to almost all disease. Illnesses such as diabetes, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, autism, depression, and chronic fatigue syndrome all have one thing in common: Poor gut health, sometimes referred to as leaky gut. At Origins Functional Medicine we believe that one of the most important things you can do to improve your health is to heal the gut.

How Do You Know if You Have a Leaky Gut?

Here are some common signs of an unhealthy gut:

• Skin rashes (acne, eczema or rosacea)

• Sugar or carbs cravings

• Chronic diarrhea, constipation, gas and/or bloating

• Nutritional deficiencies

• Poor immune system

• Headaches, brain fog, memory loss

• Excessive fatigue

• Arthritis or joint pain

• Depression, anxiety, ADD, ADHD

• Autoimmune diseases (such as Hashimoto thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, celiac disease, Crohn’s and more)

What Damages the Gut?

The top causes of a damaged digestive system are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen, sugar consumption, alcohol, and processed foods. Any food that triggers an allergic response like bloating or headaches can cause an inflamed gut. Other big offenders include chronic stress, toxins, viruses, infections and microbiome imbalances

A Functional Medicine Approach to Healing Leaky Gut

At OFM we implement a modified “Five R Program”. Our protocol includes: Remove, Replace, Reinoculate, Repair, and Rebalance. We have found our Five R Protocol to be the fastest way to heal leaky gut.

Step 1: Remove

We use a little investigative work to identify and remove the source of gut-lining damage. Here at OFM we use a personalized elimination diet to identify your unique triggers. Common causes could be offending foods and lifestyle triggers such as stress.  

Step 2: Replace

The second step is to give your body what it needs to rebuild the gut lining. We will recommend a diet of nutritious whole foods and address nutritional deficiencies. We might use some digestive enzymes for better absorption. We also use targeted repair supplements such as L-Glutamine.

Step 3: Reinoculate

The next step is to grow a healthy layer of good gut bacteria. Healthy flora is critical to overall health plus it protects the GI tract and assists with digestion. We add prebiotic and probiotic rich foods (fermented foods). We also use targeted probiotic supplements.

Step 4: Repair

Over time, inflammation, stress and exposure to allergens can severely damage the gut.

Repairing the gut lining is critical to ensuring proper absorption of nutrients. Zinc, vitamins A, D, C, and amino acids, especially L-glutamine all help to repair the gut.

Step 5: Rebalance

It’s time to focus on lasting lifestyle changes. We teach you how to eat mindfully and calm your nervous system. We recommend practices such as yoga, meditation, deep breathing, restful sleep and other mindfulness-based exercises. Restoring stress hormone balance will protect your gut and subsequently, your entire body.

Take Charge of your Health

The gut is our body’s “command central” because it is involved in every aspect of our health; mood, energy, metabolism, and immunity are just a few examples. If you are interested in diving a little deeper and learning how to improve your gut health, make an appointment with Dr Matteoli today. Ask about our advanced functional gut testing.

Take Charge of Your Health. Naturally.

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