Believe it or not, the gastrointestinal system plays a fundamental role in the body’s health status. As one of the most complex systems in our bodies, the connection between gut health and disease is multifaceted. A dysfunctional GI tract is linked to many of the chronic health conditions identified in today’s world.

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The Function

The gastrointestinal tract is designed to digest and absorb the nutrients we obtain from the food we eat. It also functions to eliminate toxins and balance the body’s microbiome ratio, i.e., “good” vs “bad” gut bacteria.

If any of these functions are interrupted, it can have a detrimental effect on your overall health. Conditions linked to a dysfunctional GI tract include:

  •  Indigestion
  •  Acid reflex
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Flatulence/Gas
  • Bloating

Even if the connection isn’t recognized at first, untreated GI issues often lead to chronic conditions, such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Asthma
  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • Thyroid Dysfunction
  • Obesity
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Depression
  • Brain Fog
  • Mood disorders
  • Various Autoimmune Disorders

These disorders are frequently treated as isolated events wherein the treating practitioner will focus solely on the symptoms rather than targeting the underlying cause.

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Functional medicine is a distinct approach that examines the complex interconnections across each body system and aims to comprehend their relationship in order to pinpoint the source of physiological dysfunction. Identifying the source of the problem begins with the gut to establish the cornerstones of G.I. health, which include:

  • Digestion
  • Absorption
  •  Excretion
  •  Detoxification
  •  Microbiome Balance

These pillars are important gut health aspects that work together to form a robust framework for optimal health. To aid the digestive process, gastric juices, enzymes, and hydrochloric acid are secreted by our bodies to metabolize protein, lipids, and carbs for fuel while absorbing micronutrients like vitamins and minerals.

Causes and Risks

Poor nutrition, genetics, stress, and certain medications can alter the function of your GI tract and lead to digestive conditions. By making modest lifestyle changes, such as eating whole foods, cooking at home, watching portion sizes, and chewing thoroughly will supply your digestive tract with the nutrition it needs to function properly.

The body’s primary organ for detoxification is the liver, which has a close working relationship with our G.I. tract. B vitamins, vitamin C, minerals, and amino acids are all required for the detoxification process.

When toxins enter our bodies, they must be filtered and excreted by the liver. Toxins that are not properly removed are deposited in our body’s fatty tissues, resulting in unexpected weight gain, mental fatigue, and hormonal imbalances.

A balanced diet of whole foods, hydration, exercise, and regular bowel movements are all critical components for successful detoxification and elimination.

The gut barrier is a complex and closely controlled cellular lining that allows nutrients to enter our circulation. It also functions to filter out harmful materials, like bacteria, pathogens, and undigested food particles. If a GI tract has a dysfunctional barrier, it can lead to:

  • Intestinal Permeability (Leaky Gut Syndrome)
  • Nutritional Deficiencies
  • Compromised Immune System
  • Chronic Inflammation
  • Autoimmunity

The GI tract is home to a highly advanced network of microbiome that function as the end-stage digestion process to produce essential vitamins that are vital for optimal health. Any disruption that causes an unbalanced microbiome in you GI tract is referred to as dysbiosis. This condition can increase the rate of infection and pathogen overgrowth, which lead to chronic health problems like mood disorders and weight gain.

The Functional Medicine team at Lisanne Wellness helps patients restore their GI tract to optimal function. They know what is takes to care for your gastrointestinal system, teaching you how to make healthy lifestyle choices that will improve your health and quality of life.  

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