Do You Have “Sick Gut Syndrome?”

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How healthy is your gut?  Most of us never give much thought to the state of “affairs” in one of the most important biological systems in our body.  There is more and more scientific evidence of the significance of gut health in overall health than we previously thought.  It is estimated that 70 million people in our country suffer from digestive disorders.  With a population of nearly 313 million in the US that means almost 1/4 of us have an unhealthy gastrointestinal system.

You may have never thought much about your gut health before.  Many people take the following “common symptoms” after eating as “normal”:

  • Bloated and excessive gas
  • Over-full feeling
  • Belching or burning sensation

In addition to these common symptoms other signs and symptoms of what I call “sick gut syndrome” include the following:

  • Fatigue after eating
  • Chronic abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea on a frequent basis
  • Constipation (that means no bowel movement daily)
  • Greasy, foul-smelling, poorly formed stools.
  • Anal itching
  • Bleeding gums or gingivitis
  • Craving sweets and bread
  • Frequent use of antibiotics
  • Canker sores

You may not realize that taking antacids or acid-blocking drugs such as Nexium, Protonix or Prevacid over a prolonged period actually prevent the absorption of vital nutrients and minerals such as calcium (increasing the risk of osteoporosis).  Why do you have chronic heartburn in the first place?  The fundamental goal of functional medicine is to find the root cause of symptoms before they become chronic diseases.

Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBS) like Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis prevent proper digestion and absorption of important nutrients.  Traditional medicine uses drugs like prednisone to suppress the symptoms.  With proper diet, essential supplements and natural agents to help heal the gut, IBS can be helped and eventually healed.  Performing appropriate laboratory tests can help us (the patient and the doctor as a team) understand where the problems lie so corrective therapies can be given.  We have sophisticated lab tests now available to help us find where the dysfunctions are so we can use appropriate supplements, diets and natural remedies to stimulate healing and restore function.

Did you know that 60% of your immune system is located in the lining of your intestines?  If there is inflammation, the cell wall is opened up (leaky gut) allowing large molecules into the blood stream creating allergies.  You are unable to have proper absorption of vital nutrients, such as proteins & amino acids that build neurotransmitters for the optimal functioning of your brain.  Did you realize the health of your gut affects your brain?  At Healing Unleashed we can help you restore your gut to health.

Our goal is to help you achieve a more healthy gut…your number one defense against cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

To schedule a free phone chat with Dr. Bedinghaus, call us at 303-986-0492

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One Comment on Do You Have “Sick Gut Syndrome?”

  1. Healing Unleashed says:

    Thank you for your comment. We try to bring valuable information to our human family.
    Dr. Bedinghaus

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