Professional Gut Health Provider in Vancouver WA
A properly functioning digestive system is critical to good health. Working to heal the gut and restore good gut function is used in all aspects of Functional Medicine. Gut issues have been linked to several conditions including skin issues, weight loss, autoimmune disease, mental health, inflammation, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, and so much more. Everything matters in your gut, whether it is food, drugs, plastic, soaps, lotions, sleep, exercise, stress, etc. Functional Medicine also helps to identify and remove any allergic foods and offer solutions to heal and restore. We discuss and teach the importance of gut health using the 5R program: remove, replace, reinoculate, repair, and rebalance. When applied to various chronic health issues, the 5R program can lead to dramatic improvement in symptoms, and sometimes even complete resolution.
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We are happy to be able to offer patients the opportunity to learn about their gut health with GI Effects (gastrointestinal testing) through Genova Diagnostics. This is one of the tools we use to evaluate your gut microbiome (the bacteria living in your gut) and it helps direct next steps in patient care. Another common test we order from Genova is NutraEval. This is a blood and urine test that evaluates over 125 biomarkers and asses the body’s functional need for 40 antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, amino acids, digestive support, and other select nutrients. Personalized recommendations for nutrients are determined by using an algorithm based on the patient’s test findings.
The foods we eat fuel our bodies, and the nutrients we consume each day act as our body’s source of raw materials. A shortage of any nutrient can shut down the “assembly lines” that make what we need to function. Functional nutrition looks at the foundational ways that food affects the body at the cellular level. We believe food is not only medicine, but also information and connection. Each person’s body has unique needs called bio-individuality. Functional Medicine Nutrition goes beyond eating plans and menus as we help you evaluate metabolism, nutrient levels, and how well your digestion is working so you can take bio-individual actions to maximize your health.