Could Your Digestion be to Blame?
Could an imbalance in your gut be causing your digestion problems such as bloating, acid reflux, constipation (less than 2 bowel movements per day), diarrhea, stomach pain, etc.? In most cases, the answer is yes. This imbalance also causes weight gain, fatigue, leaky gut syndrome, allergies and autoimmune diseases like Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, Hashimoto’s disease, fibromyalgia, etc. Let’s back up…
An imbalance in gut bacteria can have many causes: the antibiotics we’ve taken, dead processed food (think anything from a box, bag, can), coffee, age and even stress. This can lead to candida, or yeast, “taking over”. Now the problems begin.
The healthy bacteria should outnumber the cells of your body 10:1 and are responsible for digesting food, making B vitamins (which give us energy), reducing cholesterol and blood pressure to name a few. Without enough of them we lose energy, gain weight and experience digestive symptoms.
What Can Happen When My Digestive System is Out of Balance?
Digestion and absorption of food becomes difficult, if not impossible, when the digestive system is out of balance. If food is not properly digested by these bacteria, it begins to ferment (or “rot”) in our gut and the symptoms begin. The pancreas begins to secrete more insulin, which promotes insulin resistance and, ultimately, Type 2 Diabetes. This obviously increases stress on the body, so it begins to secrete another hormone: cortisol. Cortisol and insulin are fat storage hormones, so at this point you start to gain weight.
We offer an in office assessment to determine if an imbalance has occurred so we can customize a plan to restore balance.