Dr. Hibler's Guide to Gut Health
Gut Health 101
With the topic of Gut Health growing in popularity, it’s important to know the truth and basics behind the overwhelming amount of information out there. Just as one size does not fit all, taking generic probiotics as a “cure all”supplement will most likely not take care of your ailments.
So, what might be some clues that your gut Health is off? Many of us might expect to feel the obvious-gas, bloating, abdominal cramping, constipation, or loose stools. However, there are additional symptoms that occur that may not be as obvioussuch as brain fog, fatigue, hormone imbalances, infertility, acne, eczema, joint pain, allergies, irritability, mood changes, insomnia, ADHD, etc.
Our gut is the core of our bodies health and balance, when even just one or a few symptoms show up, I want my patients to be educated and know the types of issues to be evaluated for.
Candida- the overgrowth of a fungus that can manifest anywhere from the mouth, to the lower GI tract. It changes the types of foods that we crave, and sometimes requires anti-fungal pharmaceuticals, or strong herbs to kill it.
Dysbiosis- an imbalance of bacteria. While we always have bacteria in our body, sometimes the wrong types of bacteria can populate, reeking havoc on our bowels natural ability to evacuate.
SIBO- small intestinal bacterial overgrowth is typically the hardest, and most severe GI concern. It can be proven by breath tests, or indicated by specific types of foods that bother your body.
Leaky gut- often times due to stress, our gut’s lining is broken down, and malabsorption en sues. This causes an array of secondary problems such as autoimmune diseases, allergies, and nutrient deficiencies.
Inflammation- poor diet, and other factors cause an unwanted amount of cytokine release in the gut. This too causes an array of secondary issues that often times can be corrected once gut inflammation is brought down.
Sometimes these ailments go hand in hand, and other times they are completely separate issues. Other instances, problems arise from a weak stomach function, or reflux. Everyone’s body is so different, and that’s why it’s so important to be medically evaluated by a professional. Additional testing may be suggested, such as stool analysis, food allergy, or food sensitivity testing but again, no gut is a one size fits all problem.
Interested in learning more? Book a complimentary meet and greet with Dr. Hibler at Grand Rapids Natural Health by calling (616) 264-6556.