GI Dysfunction can present itself as bloating, gas, weight gain, constipation, diarrhea, and overall stomach discomfort. Many don’t know this but GI Dysfunction can also present in other parts of the body as well. Inflammation, pain, and anxiety for instance.
The Gastrointestinal system is an organ of the body that contains 2/3 + of the immune tissue. It also produces ¾ of the bodies neurotransmitters(serotonin, dopamine, glutamate, norepinephrine and nitric oxide).
Poor Diet, genetic predisposition, viral infections, chronic illness, stress and environmental toxins can all impair the protective lining of our gut. When the lining of our gut is impaired, a normal physiological response ensues and the gut tries to repair itself. However, if there are multiple factors that have led to or continue to impair, then we then have the above-listed symptoms. Unfortunately, sometimes it can take months and sometimes many years before our symptoms present themselves.
At Healthy Tomorrows we explore your story to understand where the trigger might have taken place. We then do diagnostic testing. This could be blood work, testing stool or urine. We look for different microorganisms to determine how to treat and help you heal.
Why is it so important to look at the gut? “The gut mucosa is directly exposed to the external environment and taxed with foreign substances consisting of commensal bacteria, dietary toxins and viruses at far greater quantities on a daily basis than the systemic immune system sees in a lifetime.”
Mayer L. Mucosal immunity. (2003) Pediatrics. 111(6 Pt 3):1595-600.
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