Acid reflux and Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatments
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Functional Medicine’s Approach to Gastrointestinal Diseases
Acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome are the two most common stomach and overall health complaints in adults today. More than 60 million Americans experience heartburn at least once a month and we spend billions of dollars a year on prescription and over-the-counter acid medications. IBS is equally common, affecting 10%-15% of people in the United States and there are growing numbers of people who are struggling with other digestive issues including gallstones and pancreatic enzyme insufficiency. All of these problems lead to the development of further health issues as medications and problems with digesting and absorbing nutrients disrupt the function of all of the body’s systems including the immune, heart and hormone pathways.
At Spire Health Pathways we guide you to restoring your gut function and eliminating your stomach symptoms which leads to better health. Instead of using medications, we will focus on making sure your gut has healthy bacteria and a healthy immune system that wards off infectious agents like bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
What is Functional Medicine’s Approach to Gastrointestinal Diseases?
Functional Medicine’s approach to digestive problems is health-oriented. Health begins with the gut which acts as a barrier against toxins and infections entering the body and where nutrients are absorbed and made available for use. Disruption of these gut functions is the root cause of most diseases and we work with you to restore those functions by evaluating the health of the bacteria population, looking for causes of inflammation, and designing a plan that keeps the tissue and bacteria thriving.
The health of the intestinal system is affected by all of our lifestyle choices including exercise, sleep, stress management and food choices. A diet that promotes the growth of a variety of healthy bacteria is cornerstone to your health journey as well as reducing toxins you are exposed to and ingest, and managing the harmful effects of stress on the intestinal system.
How Does Functional Medicine for Gastrointestinal Disease Work?
Functional Medicine looks at the overall health of the intestines (gut) to determine where in it may be compromised. Our providers will get to know you and your history of exposures to antibiotics and medications that affect your health even years later and will spend the time understanding what current lifestyle and environmental factors are affecting you right now.
We will help you understand how emotional stress and the stress of a poor diet can create inflammation which contribute to digestive issues and then guide you on how to better manage these stressors with breathing techniques, meditation and different food choices. We help you heal your gut and feed and replenish your microbiome with food choices, supplements and probiotics.
Treating your gut health leads to whole-body wellness.
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“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patients in care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” – Thomas Edison