If your digestive system is not processing foods that you have eaten adequately, there can be negative consequences to your overall health. Gut health and digestive issues you are not aware of might manifest as heartburn, bloating, diarrhea, gas, or pain in the stomach. If you are having these symptoms on a regular basis, you might have poor gut health that needs to be treated. Functional gut health is crucial, and the kinds of treatments that apply to your case are decided based on your medical history and other factors and might include a change in diet, medications and lifestyle changes.
Treating Poor Gut Health
Gastrointestinal problems occur more frequently than most people would like to admit. This can be a problem because if the issues happen frequently, they can be a sign of an underlying condition that might turn very serious. An example of this is gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD is a condition in which stomach acid backs up into the esophagus while you eat or shortly after eating. The primary symptom of this disorder is a burning pain in the middle of the chest.
Most people will ignore the pain in the stomach, dismissing it as mild indigestion, until the symptoms get to be severe and they seek medical advice. The dangerous thing about GERD is that it can wear down the lining of the esophagus, causing inflammation and other side effects.
It is important to treat poor gut health because serious gastrointestinal problems might be mistaken for simple issues that occur every once in a while. If you find yourself having stomach discomfort or pain for days at a time along with diarrhea or constipation, this is a sure sign that you need to see a doctor. Other signs of poor gut health can include:
- Bloating, especially after meals
- Stomach discomfort that is not relieved by passing gas or bowel movements
- Weakened immune system
Make Your Gut Health a Priority
Our gut health services at Knox Wellness Experience can treat these individual symptoms and reduce the severity of them, or diminish them all together. Schedule a consultation at our office in Knoxville, and let us tell you more about the importance of functional gut health and the treatments that we have available. Contact us today to book your appointment and get started. We look forward to speaking with you!