A healthy gut is very important to all of us. We see a lot of ADHD, anxiety, addiction, concussion, chronic pain, and memory problem cases. One thing in common with most of the people suffering from these health disorders is poor gut health. We see constipation and infrequent bowel movements on a regular basis. Most people do not realize we are meant to have a bowel movement two to three times per day. Many of our patients with chronic condition go two to three times per week!

There is a condition called Leaky Gut Syndrome. Some of the symptoms of leaky gut include abnormal and infrequent bowel movements, excessive gas, bloating, chronic inflammation and reactivity to certain foods. Dr. Datis Kharrazian, an expert on leaky gut and brain health, writes “If leaky gut is inflaming the brain, this may cause depression or brain fog, thanks to decreased nerve conduction. Systemic inflammation form leaky but can impact energy levels and cause fatigue, poor muscle endurance, or poor recovery from injury.” Brain fog is a component in almost every chronic illness we see. Leaky Gut Syndrome can also cause autoimmune reactions in the body.

An incredible number of the neurotransmitters the body uses as messengers are made in the gut. 90 percent of our serotonin is produced in the gut. Improper serotonin levels have been associated with conditions such as: excessive anger, depression, OCD, headaches, tinnitus, Fibromyalgia, Bipolar disorders, and extreme anxiety. That is one of the reasons we have so many patients do a cleanse on a regular basis. There are a lot of different cleansing techniques out there. Ours is very easy and very effective.

Laboratory testing of food reactivity can be an important part of proper gut health as well. Knowing what food to avoid is very important information for all of us. In many chronic health conditions, we find the person should avoid gluten and dairy.

Probiotics are important for gut health. Probiotics are bacteria that do not harm our body and in some cases can help your body. Having healthy gut flora or makeup of good bacteria in the gut is very important. Stress can decrease the healthy bacteria in the gut and pave the way for Leaky Gut Syndrome. Most of the people we see dealing with chronic health conditions are dealing with high levels of stress.

If we can help you with any gut health or other health related questions, feel free to contact our office at 770.237.3970 or www.themartinclinic.com.