Digestive Health services offered
Your digestive tract or gastrointestinal (GI) system and the microbes that reside in it (called your microbiome) influences your entire body, affecting your energy, mood, and physical health. The good pathogens that make up 99% of your microbiome are supposed to create natural antimicrobials and other compounds that make up the majority of your immune and hormonal systems. At ANS Healing, Noosha Shambayati, NMD, specializes in digestive wellness, integrating modern medicine, natural therapies, and complementary approaches to heal GI conditions, balance your microbiome and support ongoing digestive health. If you struggle with GI symptoms, don’t wait to schedule a consultation. Book an appointment online today.
Why is digestive health essential?
Your upper GI tract breaks down food and absorbs the nutrients your body needs to produce energy, heal, and support a healthy life. The large intestine eliminates toxic wastes and plays host to trillions of microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites), collectively called the gut microbiome.
The good bacteria in your large intestine perform many essential jobs, ranging from regulating your immune system and fat metabolism to producing neurotransmitters and short-chain fatty acids. An imbalance in gut bacteria can lead to chronic inflammation and numerous different bodywide health conditions.
What digestive health conditions might I develop?
Dr. Noosha provides integrative care for all common digestive health concerns. She also specializes in helping you heal from GI problems caused by antibiotics and chronic conditions such as:
Leaky gut and Dysbiosis
The intestinal lining blocks food, toxins, and microorganisms from invading your bloodstream. Leaky gut results when the barrier is impaired, allowing toxic substances to invade your body. Over 75% of Americans suffer from leaky gut without knowing it.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
IBS is defined by its symptoms: bloating, gas, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and constipation. IBS is associated with many conditions, including an imbalanced microbiome, food sensitivities, and chronic infections.
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
IBD refers to Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, which cause chronic inflammation in the small and large intestines.
Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
SIBO develops due to an overgrowth of bacteria in your small intestine. This condition disrupts digestion, putting you at risk of nutritional deficiencies.
Candida is a yeast commonly found in and on your body. Unlike harmless yeasts, it produces mycotoxins that cause widespread inflammation. Candida overgrowth becomes dangerous when it enters your bloodstream and affects organs throughout your body, including your gastrointestinal tract, heart, brain, and muscles.
What symptoms do digestive health problems cause?
The most common symptoms caused by digestive health conditions include:
- Abdominal pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Diarrhea and/or constipation
- Unintended weight loss or gain
- Blood in your stool
- Irregular bowel movements
- Skin rashes
- Neurological problems
When GI conditions enter your bloodstream, they cause many possible symptoms, depending on the affected organ.
How are digestive health problems managed? Balancing Microbiome
As a naturopathic doctor, Dr. Noosha creates a wellness plan customized to meet your digestive health condition. Most GI conditions improve with a combination of dietary therapy, herbal medicine, supplements, and most importantly, balancing your microbiome.
If you need help with any digestive health problem, call ANS Healing or book an appointment online today.