Your gut is home to trillions of microorganisms that work together to keep you healthy, but factors like stress and diet can disrupt this delicate balance. At Connected Health and Wellness, we help you understand your unique microbiome with functional lab testing and develop a personalized plan to promote optimal gut health, preventing a variety of disease processes in the process.
Hippocrates of Kos
“All disease begins in the gut.”
Unlocking the Secrets
of a Healthy Gut
Our microbiome is a complex system that is comprised of trillions of microorganisms, also referred to as microbes or microbiota. These organisms have lovingly been termed “bugs,” and they consist of bacteria, fungi, viruses, and even parasites. In a healthy person, these bugs coexist peacefully.
Each individual human has a unique combination of “bugs” that are determined by their DNA. Our first introduction to these bugs is while we are coming through the birth canal and from breastmilk. As we age, we are then exposed to different microorganisms through our environment, diet, and even medication.
Other factors that influence our unique microbiome are stress, sugar, pesticides, chemical preservatives in foods, medication, diet low in fiber, and lack of proper digestive enzymes.
Connected Health and Wellness uses functional lab testing to analyze the health of your microbiota and gut lining. This is done in the privacy of your home using a stool kit that is shipped to you and then back to the lab.
Many causes for disease exist, but having a “healthy gut” can prevent a multitude of disease processes.
Gut health issues are on the rise, with factors like diet, medication, and stress impacting the health of our microbiome.
Poor gut health can lead to a range of issues, including digestive problems, immune system dysfunction, and even mental health issues.
At Connected Health and Wellness, we use functional lab testing to analyze the health of your microbiota and gut lining. This allows us to gain insight into your unique microbiome and develop a personalized plan to optimize your gut health.
Our microbiome is a complex system made up of trillions of microorganisms, or “bugs,” that live inside our gut. These bugs consist of bacteria, fungi, viruses, and even parasites, and they play a crucial role in our overall health and well-being. The microbiome is determined by a combination of our DNA and environmental factors such as diet, medication, and stress. Different types of microbes coexist within the microbiome, and in a healthy person, they work together in harmony.
At Connected Health and Wellness, we can help you optimize your gut health by analyzing your microbiome and developing a personalized plan to support it. Don’t let poor gut health hold you back – book an appointment today and take the first step toward a healthier you.
Maintaining a Healthy Gut
A healthy gut is essential to overall well-being. A well-balanced microbiome can promote healthy digestion, improve immune function, and support mental health. However, factors such as stress, sugar, pesticides, and chemical preservatives in foods, medication, and diet low in fiber can negatively impact gut health and lead to a range of issues.
At Connected Health and Wellness, we understand the importance of maintaining a healthy gut. We offer personalized plans to help optimize your gut health, including testing to analyze your microbiota and gut lining, and guidance on how to improve your diet and lifestyle to support a healthy microbiome.
Prebiotics and probiotics play a crucial role in promoting gut health. Prebiotics are non-digestible fibers that feed the good bacteria in our gut and promote their growth and activity. Probiotics are live microorganisms that can help to balance the gut microbiome and support overall health.
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Gut Health Glossary
Key Terms Explained
Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, a condition in which there is an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine.
An imbalance in the microbial community in the gut, which can lead to a range of health issues
The community of microorganisms, or “bugs,” that live inside our gut and play a crucial role in our overall health
- \Leaky gut
A condition in which the lining of the gut becomes damaged, allowing toxins and bacteria to leak into the bloodstream and cause inflammation
- \Good and Bad "bugs"
The different types of microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites, that make up the microbiome. Good bugs support overall health, while bad bugs can cause illness and digestive issues
Non-digestible fibers that feed the good bacteria in our gut and promote their growth and activity
Live microorganisms, such as bacteria or yeast, that are beneficial to health when consumed in adequate amounts
- \Food intolerance
An adverse reaction to certain foods that can cause digestive discomfort, such as bloating, gas, or diarrhea
Visits are generally 30-45 minutes in length
What to Expect
Common Symptoms of Poor Gut Health
- Food sensitivities
- Skin symptoms
- Brain fog
Common Treatments to Improve Gut Health
- Dietary changes
- Herbal treatments
- Amino acids
The gut is one of the most complex systems in our body, and we are only beginning to scratch the surface in terms of our understanding of its role in our overall health. New symptoms and treatments related to gut health are being discovered all the time. Dr. Michael Gershon of Columbia University is credited with coining the idea that our gut is our “second brain” due to its ability to control many other systems in the body and affect our overall health in both positive and negative ways. At Connected Health and Wellness, we are committed to staying informed and up-to-date on the latest research and findings related to gut health. We continuously educate ourselves and work with trusted experts to provide the most beneficial diagnosis and treatment options to our patients. Together, we can stay ahead of the curve and ensure you receive the best possible care to optimize your gut health and overall well-being.
How can an imbalance in the gut microbiome affect my health?
Poor gut health has been connected to a multitude of health issues including eczema, autoimmune disease, food sensitivities, poor weight gain in children…. To name a few.
What are some common symptoms of gut health issues?
Symptoms of poor gut health include gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, food intolerance, GERD, and skin manifestations.
What can I do to improve my gut health?
Aside from gut health testing, consuming a diet low in processed foods and sugar, managing stress, following an elimination diet to identify intolerances, avoiding excessive alcohol intake, can all help improve gut health.
Can stress affect my gut health?
Yes! Poorly managed stress can cause poor gut health.
How do prebiotics and probiotics benefit gut health?
Prebiotics feed good bacteria and probiotics replace lost beneficial bacteria.