IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME (IBS)
IBS is an extremely common disorder affecting around 55 million Americans—with a high percentage being women. Although IBS is not life-threatening, it can be disabling and lead to 3 times increased likelihood of missing work or school. IBS can make a person more susceptible to other GI conditions like inflammatory bowel disease or colon cancer.
IBS is associated with a hypersensitive colon where a person develops abdominal pain and irregular bowel habits which often switch between diarrhea and constipation. Heartburn, excess gas, urinary or sexual issues may also occur. IBS is triggered by certain foods, medications, stress, and/or hormonal imbalances.
We effectively treat IBS by first understanding the root cause of gut sensitivity through an extensive history, thorough physical exam, and diagnostic lab tests. A personalized treatment plan is then defined which often drives quick and effective positive results.
Celiac disease is an inflammatory condition of the digestive tract where the immune system believes gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye, is the enemy. The intense inflammatory reaction caused by ingesting gluten harms the gut lining leading to poor absorption of essential nutrients (a.k.a., malabsorption). Since the body’s cells are deprived of vital nourishment, the inflammation eventually spreads outside of the gut and affects many other organ systems. Celiac disease can be fairly debilitating for a person.
The most effective way to manage celiac disease is to be on a strict gluten-free nutrient-dense diet so the immune system can start healing. We work with patients with celiac disease to find easy and effective ways to heal the gut and ideally place the disease into remission.
GASTROESOPHAGEAL REFLUX DISEASE (GERD)
GERD (also called dyspepsia) occurs when poorly digested food leaks backwards from the stomach and into the esophagus. It occurs with overeating, when consuming poorly digested foods and beverages, or when there’s an insufficient amount of stomach acid available to properly digest food.
Poorly digested food mixed with stomach content (i.e., acid, bile) leaked back into the esophagus causes any of the following symptoms: belching, trouble swallowing, chest pain, hoarseness, sore or itchy throat, dry cough, nasal congestion, bad breath and taste. Long-term dyspepsia damages the esophagus and upper respiratory tract leading to major complications like bleeding ulcer, esophageal cancer, nasal polyps, asthma, or allergies.
The most effective way to treat GERD is to make the right dietary changes which align with what the person’s body needs. We create personalized treatments which address the underlying cause of GERD and help resolve the problem permanently.