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Digestion Help at Coeur d’Alene Wellness

According to Dr. Datis Kharrazian, “The gut microbiome is a hot topic in research right now. Researchers are even drawing connections between an imbalanced gut microbiome and autism and finding that improving the microbiome can profoundly impact autism in children. Gut microbiome health is linked to autoimmunity, heart disease, obesity, mood disorders, and many other health conditions.”

Diet and its Effects on Your Gut Health

Woman sitting on bed not feeling wellDr. Kharrazian also observes, “The gut microbiome and your digestive health frequently underlie other chronic health conditions. A healthy gut microbiome plays an integral role in the following:

  • Keeping the digestive system running smoothly
  • Balancing hormone levels
  • Boosting immunity
  • Proper brain function
  • Mood regulation
  • Inflammation levels
  • And much more”

A healthy gut is foundational to good health. In addition to digesting our food, 80% of our immune system chemistry is manufactured in the gut, as well as 90% of the neurotransmitter serotonin and several other neurotransmitters. Improving your gut health is one of our main objectives here at Coeur d’Alene Wellness.

Although conventional medicine does not usually understand the importance or even the existence of leaky gut syndrome, current research points to it as an important condition with many significant effects on your body’s overall health. So what exactly is leaky gut? Why is it important?

Digestion begins in the mouth with the production of saliva to help break down food as you chew. It then passes to the stomach where it is worked on by stomach acid and digestive enzymes. From there it zooms on down past the common bile duct and pancreas, on through the duodenum picking up a bunch more enzymes along the way, making it eventually to the small intestine which provides even more enzymes.

In the small intestine, all is well as long as the intestinal wall maintains structural integrity. Unfortunately, it is all too common for that structure to become compromised which allows partially digested food and other “unfriendlies” to pass through the gut wall and out into your blood where your immune system identifies them as a problem and mounts an attack. Of course, kicking up your inflammation and aggravating your symptoms in the process.

The gut lining can be damaged by a wide variety of things:

  • Antibiotic use upsetting the balance of healthy bacteria and yeast of your gut microbiome
  • Chronic infections including Lyme disease, EBV and others
  • Blood sugar imbalances
  • Neurological imbalances caused by things like strokes and head injuries
  • Inflammation related to food allergens

Remember: “The gut microbiome and your digestive health frequently underlie other chronic health conditions. And scientists are now admitting our gut health is at the foundation of most chronic and degenerative diseases—not only autoimmune conditions such as Hashimoto’s, lupus, MS, and rheumatoid arthritis, but other common health issues such as Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and more.” Dr. Kharrazian, DHSc, DC, MS, MMSc, FACN.

Which is why we treat the whole person in our clinic; we want you to be restored to full health. You are not your diagnosis!

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If you’ve been looking for digestion help in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene, contact us today to schedule an appointment!

Digestion Help Spokane WA, Coeur D’Alene ID | (208) 664-5000