Chronic digestive disorders are extremely common. They affect over 55 million Americans, from infants to the elderly. A condition becomes chronic when it has lasted for more than three months and requires ongoing care to be optimally managed. Chronic digestive diseases can be difficult to diagnose and cure easily. They can negatively affect a person’s life by interfering with their daily activities, mood, energy level, and sleep. Eventually chronic digestive problems can lead to nutrient deficiencies, liver and kidney problems, scoliosis, mood instability, hormone imbalances, joint pain, obesity, and cancer.
At Advanced Health we take a holistic approach to chronic digestive problems. Since they cannot be effectively treated by only medication, we follow the philosophy that “food is medicine” to best understand the root cause. Studies show that a holistic approach to patient care where people are treated with compassion and respect cause the treatment to be significantly more effective.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is an extremely common gut disorder, with a high percentage of patients being women. Although IBS is not life-threatening, it can be disabling and lead to three times increased likelihood of missing work or school. IBS can make a person more susceptible to other GI conditions like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) 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.
At Advanced Health 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.
GERD (also called dyspepsia or gastroesophageal reflux disease) occurs when poorly digested food leaks backwards from the stomach and into the esophagus. It occurs with overeating, consuming poorly digested food and beverages, or when there’s an insufficient amount of acid in the stomach.
Poorly digested food mixed with stomach content (i.e., acid, bile) can leak back into the esophagus and 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 heartburn damages the esophagus and respiratory tract leading to major complications like bleeding ulcer, Barrett’s esophagitis, 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 body needs. At Advanced Health we create personalized treatment plans which address the underlying cause of GERD and help resolve the problem permanently.
Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity are inflammatory conditions 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 difficulty digesting other food, absorbing essential nutrients, and properly feeding our body’s cells.
The inflammation eventually spreads outside of the gut and affects many other organ systems triggering joint pain, skin rashes, nerve problems, headaches, mood shifts, and learning disorders. Celiac disease can be fairly debilitating for a person. The most effective way to manage these food sensitivities is to avoid food sensitivities and instead switching to fresh plant-based nutrient-dense food + dietary supplements.
Advanced Health practitioners work closely with patients with chronic digestive disorders to find treatments customized for their unique condition. With an early diagnosis, patients can experience rapid improvement and even complete restoration of their health.
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