December 21, 2023
Grumpy tummy got you down? Irritating gastrointestinal symptoms are a real pain and seem to strike at the worst possible times. Gut health issues affect a significant chunk of the population and it can often be a struggle to identify the root cause. Here at Medical Transformation Center, we focus on addressing these problems at the source, even identifying potential health concerns before they arise. Here are 5 common gut health issues and how to heal them at the root cause:
Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease that occurs in genetically predisposed people in which the body attacks the intestinal lining in response to the consumption of gluten. If left untreated, Celiac disease can cause significant damage to the intestines. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Common symptoms of Celiac disease include long-term diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, gas, nausea and vomiting. Patients with Celiac disease typically treat this ailment by consuming a gluten-free diet.
Irritable bowel syndrome is one of the most common gut health issues and affects the stomach and intestines. Folks with IBS typically suffer from abdominal pain while diarrhea, constipation, cramping and bloating may also be present. This chronic condition can be caused or worsened by numerous factors and is one that must be managed long-term.
Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that leads to chronic inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract, most commonly in the small intestine. The tissues of the digestive tract swell causing a number of negative symptoms including abdominal pain, chronic diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and even malnutrition. This inflammation often spreads to deeper layers of the bowel.
GERD happens when stomach acid continuously flows back into the esophagus, or the tube connecting the mouth and stomach. The acid reflux that occurs can cause the lining of the esophagus to become irritated. Common symptoms of GERD include heartburn, regurgitation, trouble swallowing, the sensation of a lump in the throat, chest pain and nausea.
Ulcerative Colitis is an IBD that causes the rectum and small intestines to become inflamed which can lead to ulcers in the digestive tract. Symptoms of ulcerative colitis typically develop over time and include long-term diarrhea, fatigue, unexplained weight loss and abdominal pain. It’s believed that a combination of autoimmune response, genetics and environmental causes trigger ulcerative colitis.
Medical Transformation Center uses personalized diagnostics to evaluate your risk of numerous medical conditions, including those that are gastrointestinal related. We then formulate the best treatment plan for you based on family history, lifestyle and genetics.
These personalized diagnostics coupled with detailed questioning and a 360-approach allow us to gain valuable insight on potential bacterial growth or gut permeability that could be responsible for your gut health issues. You could discover you’re genetically predisposed to a gut condition. Our goal is to both prevent and manage any conditions you may have!
If you suspect you’re suffering from any of these gut health issues, we’d love to assist you! Learn more about Medical Transformation Center’s gastrointestinal health services here!