Functional Medicine & Wellness

Understanding The Basics Of Gut Health

At Omnia Health, we believe in trusting your instinct. When it comes to your overall well being, no one understands your body better than you. So if you feel like something is off, don’t let the naysayers deter you. Be proactive, make an appointment with a healthcare professional and go with your gut. 

Speaking of gut – we check gut health in almost all of our patients. Even if there are no current GI complaints or symptoms, it is a priority for us to ensure everything looks good internally. You might wonder why we run tests for something that is not currently causing issues? And the answer is simple. The gut plays a key role in achieving optimum health. Therefore, it is worth doing our due diligence. Better to be safe (and gut healthy) than sorry. 

Gut health can be described as the function and balance of bacteria within the many components of the gastrointestinal tract. Organs such as the esophagus, stomach and intestines are meant to work in sync, allowing our bodies to eat and digest food without any issues. 

Each year 62 million Americans are diagnosed with a digestive disorder.

Source: gialliance.com

Your gut is also where all nutrients are absorbed. So even if you are making smart dietary choices, eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, healthy fats and proteins, your body may not be able to utilize those nutrients If your gut is not functioning properly. By looking at the proper markers, we can get a better understanding of what’s truly going on inside your gut. 

Another Component Of Gut Health

Gut health has multiple components, which makes it quite complex. You’ll realize that diagnosing someone with a GI issue is not that difficult. It’s identifying the underlying cause that is the real challenge – and also the most important answer to obtain. Once we’ve taken a look at the overall functionality of the gut, it’s time to dig a little deeper. 

One of the first things we look at is your microbiome. It is the collection of bacteria; both good and bad. We have found everything from viruses to parasites to worms. By understanding how your microbiome works and looks, it can help us determine if it’s a driver of chronic inflammation for you. 

Imbalances In The Gut

Gut dysbiosis is an imbalance where good bacteria is significantly low, allowing the bad bacteria to take over. This can cause inflammation and lead to many chronic illnesses such as metabolic health issues and autoimmune diseases. It can also have a long-term effect on brain health, heart health and other really critical aspects of the body and mind. 

An instability of the gut microbiome such as dysbiosis can be caused by many factors including:

  • Infection
  • Antibiotics Exposure 
  • Various Comorbidities

 

So if your microbiome is off and it’s causing chronic discomfort and issues such as inflammation, you need to find a way to get your gut health under control. This is where Omnia Health can help. We know exactly where to look and what tests to run in order to determine the best course of action for our patients. We don’t believe in the wait and see approach. Our experienced team is dedicated to helping you get on track to achieve your optimal health today!

Whether it’s a chronic illness mystery you’re looking to solve or a lifestyle change that will help you to achieve long-term health, we are here to help you. Simply follow us on Instagram or Facebook {omniahealthcolorado} or join our newsletter to start heading in a healthier, happier direction. 

At the end of the day, feeling good isn’t good enough. You deserve to feel great! Give us a call to get the conversation started. 

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