Natural Approach to Common Gastrointestinalnfections
Gastrointestinal infections are one of the leading causes of missed work and trips to the doctor. There are millions of bacteria, viruses, and parasites that are willing and ready to ruin your day. Even something as simple as an overgrowth of the wrong gut bacteria can make your stomach grumble in pain. Our integrative health center, Hoyt Integrative Health in Murrieta, will use investigative medicine
to find out what's going on in your stomach and get you back to feeling great again.
What is “functional medicine”?
A comprehensive, functional medicine care plan incorporates all aspects of your physical being. Functional medicine specialists will look at your whole body and how the systems feed into each other. Imbalance, injury, or infection in one part of your body can dramatically affect the functioning of the rest. It's detailed, thorough, and likely the most personal medical evaluation you'll ever have.
Common gastrointestinal infections
Some of the most common conditions for your digestive tract are also easily reversible, but only if
they're identified. Some examples of common gastrointestinal ailments include:
- Candida overgrowth, which is the overdevelopment of the yeast fungus. It occurs for many reasons, usually if your immune system is suppressed, or we've been taking antibiotics. This condition causes a range of symptoms, from fatigue to gastrointestinal distress.
- H-pylori is the infection that causes ulcers. It can cause recurrent episodes of vomiting, heartburn, and if left alone, painful ulceration in the digestive tract.
- Parasites can often come from food and cause a wide range of symptoms. If you've eaten questionable food recently and you're not feeling well for longer than food poisoning would affect you, it's possible you picked up a hitchhiker.
What causes gastrointestinal problems?
Sometimes it's as simple as an imbalanced microbiome. Too much alcohol, sugar, and refined foods can kill off good bacteria. Getting your gut microbiome back on track with prebiotics and probiotics is a great place to start, as is cutting down on processed foods. The approach for Candida is often an antifungal and then a diet that encourages a healthy gut microbiome to make sure the overgrowth doesn't happen
again. Especially with antibiotics, it's imperative to take prebiotics and probiotics.
Fixing your gut with functional healing
By examining your diet, blood markers, hormones, and many other facets of your health, functional medicine can pinpoint the best course of care for gastrointestinal infections. If you live in Murrieta, Temecula, or the surrounding communities, call Hoyt Integrative Health today at (951)-973-0773 to take the first step on your road to long-term recovery