Health issues linked to poor gut health:
Type II diabetes
Addressing intestinal health and digestive issues with integrative functional medicine
At our functional medicine Toronto clinic, gut health is commonly discussed with patients. This is because gut issues can manifest as symptoms unrelated to your gut!
The body houses a flourishing microbiota ecosystem, which provides balance and promotes optimal health. Each one of us has a diverse intestinal environment due to our unique biology and gut composition.
The International Journal of Molecular Sciences explains, “the composition of the gut bacteria community in the stomach and colon is distinctive, which is mainly due to different physicochemical conditions, such as intestinal motility, pH value, redox condition, nutrients, host secretions (e.g., gastric acid, bile, digestive enzymes, and mucus), and the presence of an intact ileocaecal valve.”
With that, we might want to give our gut some extra love, especially since trillions of blossoming microbes are in the intestine! When you weigh these microbes altogether, they add up to roughly 5 lbs. Some gut microbiome functions in the body include:
It’s safe to say that improving gut health could make a beneficial change on long-term health, including chronic disease management. After all bacteria, fungi, eukaryotes, viruses, and archaea live in the gut microbiome, and they’re all part of gathering energy from the food you eat; they also provide balance between the good and bad bacteria, help build neurotransmitters (i.e. serotonin) and vitamins (vitamin K), and participate in immune and metabolic functions.
In this post, the Toronto Functional Medicine Centre explains the inner workings of your gut and how functional medicine testing and integrative approaches to treatment could help.
8 Gut Health Facts You Need to Know
First, how much do you know about your gut? Below, we’ve compiled intestinal health facts you may not be aware of.
Continue reading below to see how poor gut health can arise; then you’ll learn how our integrative and functional medicine strategies could assist you.
How Poor Gut Health Can Happen in Toronto Patients
According to the functional medicine view, each patient is a unique entity with a distinctive health status. Therefore, functional medicine practitioners consider the individuality of the patient for treatments, which includes lifestyle factors, environmental factors, past medical conditions, and even genetics. When it comes to poor gut health, it can occur in patients for various reasons:
Improving Gut Health: Our Toronto Functional Medicine Approaches in Treatment
So how can you start rescuing your gut? At the Toronto Functional Medicine Centre, our integrative and multi-convergent approach to gut health is evidence-based with compassionate care. Here’s an example of how we could address your gut’s current symptoms:
-Nutritional changes: The elimination diet – which involves removing certain foods and reintroducing them later on – could indicate food intolerances. If you can’t tolerate certain foods, eating these particular foods could harm the gut, so this diet helps you uncover irritating foods.
Also try rotating your food choices to balance your microbiome. Here’s a tip: if you have a preferred snack, eat it on one day and give it a break for three days. You could also eat fibre-rich and cooked foods instead of raw food. Although raw items are wholesome, they could cause bloating. Cooked food, on the other hand, can lessen the work for your digestive tract.
– Dietary supplements: We may recommend nutraceuticals backed by scientific evidence to support your gut. L-glutamine, for example, is an amino acid that has been shown to assist enterocytes with thriving in the gut: “Animal studies show that the structure and function of the gut is preserved by glutamine,” states an article in The Lancet.
Other supplements that may be beneficial for the gut are deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) for soothing the gut lining; clove (Syzygium aromaticum) for fighting bacterial overgrowths (i.e. yeast); and digestive enzymes for optimizing digestion.
–Probiotics: It’s not uncommon for our Toronto practitioners to recommend a high-quality probiotic! Probiotics can provide you with additional “good” bacteria for replenishing the microbiome, especially if you’ve just completed a course of antibiotics.
-Stress management: Remember the link between mental health and the gut? Well, lifestyle counseling may be advised to reduce stress, which could impact the future of your gut health. We would discuss new ways to alleviate your worries, such as meditation or yoga.
It’s surprising how a fragile gut can have control over bodily functions, individual symptoms and chronic conditions. Thus, maybe we should consider changing lifestyle factors to alleviate bloating, itchy skin, and even hormone concerns.
What could you achieve if you paid attention to your gut? Would you see an improvement in energy levels and less digestive issues? Start transforming your intestinal health from the inside out at the Toronto Functional Medicine Centre.
Become a New Patient to Relieve Digestive Issues in Toronto
If you’re interested in becoming a new patient at our clinic, our private practice is currently accepting new patients who want to be treated with Western medicine, naturopathic medicine, and other natural treatment options.
At the Toronto Functional Medicine Centre, our personalized approach to wellness and clinical care is designed to empower patients to take control of their own health. Our patient-centered care consists of collaborative approaches, clinical nutrition, and a wide range of wellness services. Services include integrative care for fertility, acupuncture, naturopathic treatments, and more.
Are you ready to replenish your gut? To join our practice as a new patient, click here to reach our functional medicine Toronto clinic for a DISCOVERY SESSION on gut health.
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