Chronic gastrointestinal disorders are increasingly common and can be the underlying contributor to the development of other chronic conditions such as allergies, inflammation, autoimmune disorders, hormonal imbalances and cognitive dysfunction.
Our gastrointestinal tract is an interface between us and the outside world. We take in nutrients through the foods we eat and eliminate waste to keep the bowel healthy and our bodies free of toxins. More than just a place to process food, the gastrointestinal tract is intimately linked to brain function and the development of neurotransmitters that mediate functions within the brain and nervous system.
By also serving as a selective barrier to what we absorb, a healthy GI tract can protect us from components in our foods that may cause systemic problems. There are several things that can disrupt the healthy function of the GI tract leading to chronic symptoms such as pain, bloating, loose stools, constipation and inflammation.
It is common among patients who have multiple chronic issues to also have major gastrointestinal complaints. Addressing GI dysfunction first can often help to resolve those issues and clear the picture when multiple health issues are present.
Common Conditions Treated at Sunrise Functional Medicine:
H. pylori Infections
Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome