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Digestive Problems

This is by far my favorite problem to address! Over a lifetime 60,000 tons of food will pass through your gastrointestinal system. Our gut is the engine of the body and without a healthy “engine” it is difficult for our body to perform optimally. No one is immune from the occasional stomach ache. However, ignored “stomach” issues can lead us down a path to disabling health problems such as autoimmunity.  

When a common “belly ache” becomes a regular weekly event, it could mean a serious gut imbalance that can have far reaching consequences for the entire health of your body. Don’t just chalk it up to having a “sensitive” stomach, seek out care to avoid compromising your health long-term.

Some examples of digestive issues that go undiagnosed that need medical attention include Crohn’s Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Irritable Bowel Disease, Leaky Gut Syndrome, Pathogens and Parasites growing in the gut, and Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO).

Symptoms of these conditions along with many other issues can also include constipation, diarrhea, bloating, abdominal pain, acid reflux, anxiety and neurological issues, new food allergies, and skin issues.

At Modern Health KC, Dr. Howerton is trained to discuss the symptoms and causes of your digestive health problems and diagnose an effective treatment plan. These issues can be caused by nutrition issues, an undiagnosed medical issue, increased stress, a gluten allergy, inflammation or Stealth infections.

Taking gut issues seriously can mean vibrant health for a lifetime. The gut has many crucial roles in protecting the overall health and wellness of our bodies, starting with the intake and absorption of nutrients and water. However few people realize that gut health isn’t just about having proper digestion and nutritional uptake, a health gut plays a huge role in the health of your immune system and your brain.

Recent medical breakthroughs have shown that the balance of friendly gut microbes that live in your digestive systems rule the entire health of your body. The good gut “bugs” are your first defense against harmful viruses and bacteria and also safe-guard proper communication from your brain to body not only for proper digestion but also to regulate mood and manage stress levels. For every message the brain sends to the gut there is 9 messages going from the gut back to the brain. Imagine if you have an overgrowth of “bad bugs” in your gut. What kind of messages would you expect the brain to be getting from those bugs?

The gut is one of the base systems I address and restoring your digestive functions is a top priority. If you have been experiencing symptoms that may be connected with digestive problems and are looking for answers, schedule an appointment with Modern Health KC today!