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Gut Health Specialist

BioLounge

Anti-Aging & Functional Medicine located in Portland, OR

An inflamed or leaky gut makes it difficult for your body to absorb the right nutrients, leading to chronic digestive problems, fatigue, and more. To reduce inflammation and keep your gut health strong, the experienced health care providers at BioLounge use a holistic, functional approach to gut care at their office in Portland, Oregon. Schedule an appointment with the team by calling BioLounge or by booking a visit online now.

Gut Health Q & A

What is gut health?

Gut health refers to the balance of bacteria in your digestive tract. A healthy gut has a strong balance of bacteria that coats and protects it. The totality of bacteria, microbes, and viruses is called the gut microbiome. When your gut microbiome is healthy, it works well to absorb nutrients. When the bacteria in your gut become imbalanced, it can lead to digestive problems.

What happens if your gut health is unbalanced?

The most common problem with unbalanced bacteria in your gut is called leaky gut syndrome (intestinal permeability). This condition leads to small holes in the intestinal wall that allow toxins and harmful bacteria to leak into your bloodstream. Other chronic conditions that poor gut health can lead to include:

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Irritable bowel syndrome is a common digestive disorder that causes an overabundance of contractions in the large intestine. IBS affects everybody differently, but telltale signs of this disorder include diarrhea, constipation, mucus in the stool, and abdominal pain.

Crohn’s disease

Crohn’s disease is an inflammation of the digestive tract that can cause severe abdominal pain, as well as diarrhea, fatigue, unintentional weight loss, and even malnutrition.

Chronic fatigue

Fatigue is more than feeling sleepy; it’s full-body exhaustion that can affect your physical and mental health. Poor nutrition can cause an imbalance of bacteria in your gut, which leads to chronic fatigue.

How do I know if I have an unhealthy gut?

An unhealthy gut can dramatically change the way you look and feel. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of an unhealthy gut are:

  • Unintentional weight loss or gain
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Irritated skin
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Heartburn

Another symptom of an unhealthy gut is a sudden intolerance to certain foods and systemic inflammation that may lead to autoimmune diseases.

How are gut health imbalances treated?

Healing the gut and restoring the balance of healthy bacteria is crucial to relieving the symptoms of poor gut health. At BioLounge, the first step of this process is determining the underlying cause of your gut health imbalances. Tests that the team may use to identify these causes include:

  • Stool testing
  • Hormone evaluation
  • Full health evaluation
  • Nutritional assessment
  • Nutritional deficiency assessment
  • Food allergy testing

Once the team determines the cause of your poor gut health, they can design a tailored nutrition and supplement plan for you. Steps you can take to improve your gut health include limiting your sugar intake, reducing stress, and following a diet rich in probiotic fiber.

If you’re ready to improve your gut health, call the team at BioLounge, or book a visit online today.

*Individual results may vary.