Most healthcare providers would agree that good nutrition is one of the key elements of good health. And, unfortunately, the opposite is also true: a poor diet can cause many health problems. Knowing what kinds of foods we need to eat and which we need to avoid or minimize is foundational to stopping the negative symptoms we may be experiencing. And determining if the food we eat is being adequately digested and exchanged for energy is vital to know how our body’s digestive process is operating.
Normally, our bodies do a great job of converting food into energy. Especially if we’re eating nutrient-dense foods, our bodies know exactly how to use what is needed and discard that which is not. It’s estimated that about 80% of the population has an issue with intestinal permeability or Leaky Gut Syndrome. Leaky Gut occurs when the small intestine becomes damaged. Instead of absorbing the nutrients from food, unprocessed food can actually leak out of the intestine, causing waste in the bloodstream as well as an inflammatory response from the body’s organ systems.
Leaky Gut Syndrome is often overlooked by traditional healthcare professionals, but its symptoms are often very obvious to our functional medicine team. These symptoms can include extreme fatigue, arthritis and joint pain, classic irritable bowel symptoms, like constipation, diarrhea, and bloating, headaches, skin reactions, such as rashes or eczema, food sensitivities, nutritional deficiencies, and brain fog. As unbelievable as it sounds, those suffering from Leaky Gut are also susceptible to mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety. And those who have been diagnosed with auto-immune diseases could very likely have Leaky Gut as well.
At the Center for Functional Medicine, we understand the huge role a healthy digestive system plays in your overall health. We can help you pinpoint issues and make changes that can often alleviate most symptoms. A healthy gut and digestive process is imperative for overall health, both mental and physical. Call us today at 806-350-7807 to make an appointment so that we can get you on the road to feeling much better!