Gut Dysfunction

 - is any alteration to the normal intestinal barrier
Signs and Symptoms

Gut dysfunction can lead to symptoms such as flatulence, distension, diarrhea, constipation, GERD, bloating, fatigue, anxiety, depression, weight loss, food sensitivities, irritable bowel syndrome, and many more.

What is Gut Dysfunction

Gut dysfunction is any alteration to the normal intestinal barrier.  When the barrier is changed it can allow inflammation, change in bacterial populations, malabsorption, and undigested food particles to enter the bloodstream.

3 Common Gut Dysfunctions

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)

SIBO is an alteration of the normal bacterial populations in the small intestine. SIBO can be caused by the use of antibiotics, proton pump inhibitors (Nexium), and hypothyroidism. SIBO is present concurrently in many that have Crohn's, ulcerative colitis, or irritable bowel syndrome. Most common symptoms are diarrhea, constipation, flatulence, distension, malabsorption, nutrient deficiencies, and weight loss.     

Food Sensitivities

Food sensitivities are much different than allergies. Allergies can result in anaphylaxis, whereas sensitivities will not do that. Food sensitivities result from an altered immune response to the protein component of food. Sensitivities can change as the immune response changes. Common sensitivities are to gluten, dairy, eggs, and food additives. You may feel inflamed, not digesting appropriately, or it may trigger headaches. Food sensitivities that are present with a concussion, dementia, cerebral palsy, or multiple sclerosis can increase the symptoms till the foods are removed.  

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome results in abdominal pain or discomfort, diarrhea, gas, cramping, and constipation. Like SIBO and food sensitivities there is a dysregulation of the immune system. Specifically, there is increasing attention paid to the gut-brain axis. The gut-brain axis is the bi-directional communication between these two systems. The communication is why those with gut issues commonly complain of brain symptoms.   

Our Approach to Diagnostics and Testing

Our clinicians not only have an understanding of the brain but have extensive knowledge of the gut.  They understand how the gut and brain interact.  This understanding necessitates not only examining your gut health but to assess brain function as well.  It is only when both of these systems are functioning optimally that the best results can occur.  
How We Can Evaluate Gut Health:
  • Stool Testing
  • Food Sensitivity Testing to both cooked and uncooked foods
  • Gluten Sensitivity Testing
  • Autoimmune Markers for Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis
  • Breath Tests for SIBO
How We Evaluate Brain Health
  • Neurological Physical Exam
  • VNG for Eye Movements
  • CAPS for Balance
The findings from assessments of immune and brain health will allow us to create a plan specific to you. It is common for your plan to include removal of foods creating inflammation as well as nutrition to support immune health. Brain-based treatments are built around establishing healthy communication of the brain and immune system. 

Our Approach to Care

At Revive we specialize in providing treatment to the neurological regions affected by gut dysfunction. Your treatment can include balance, gait, and eye training; as well as hand-eye coordination, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), hyperbaric oxygen, diet, and supplements.

We offer a unique process that is built to maximize time and results. To reach your personal healthcare goals, it is imperative that your physicians and care providers precisely know your individual story and desires. Your individual goals are the focal point of the comprehensive treatment plan which is based off your exam, diagnostics, and lab results.  

Beyond the neurological system, there are many factors that can impact the presentation of gut dysfunction: the immune system, diet, sleep, and stress (to list a few). By integrating knowledge of the brain and influence of these factors, we are able to be very specific with targeted therapies which create lasting neurological changes. Your treatment plan is designed specifically for you and is not a protocol.

This plan is executed over 5-10 days. Patients see measurable improvement during their time in our office and continue to make gains once they leave. To help ensure success on your journey of healing, we create and define a plan for you when you go home. This plan may include sourcing local specialist for a safe and effective continuum of care. Our goal is to see each patient continue to build upon the initial results they achieved in our office. 

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