What are Gastrointestinal Issues?

In the United States, women are 3 or 4 times more likely than men to see a primary care doctor or a specialist for gastrointestinal related problems. At least 1 in 4 people in the U.S. have stomach- or intestinal problems that are so severe that they interfere with the person’s daily activities and quality of life.

Gastrointestinal health is vital for the health of every cell in your body. Every nutrient we acquire comes from our gut, and when this system is not functioning properly everything else suffers. Depression, Anxiety, Fatigue, Chronic Pain, Immune Problems, Allergies, Skin Conditions/Acne, and Headaches are just some of the conditions that can be improved by s improving our digestion.

Your digestive system is a series of hollow organs joined in a long, twisting tube. It runs from your mouth to your anus and includes your esophagus, stomach, and small and large intestines. Your liver, gallbladder and pancreas are also involved. They produce juices to help digestion.

Many factors may upset the GI tract and its motility (or ability to keep moving), including:

  • Eating a diet low in fibe
  • Lack of exercise
  • Traveling
  • Increased amounts of dairy
  • Stress
  • Resisting the urge to have a bowel movement
  • Overuse of laxatives
  • Antacid medicines
  • Medications (antidepressants, iron pills, narcotics)
  • Pregnancy

There are many types of digestive disorders. The symptoms vary widely depending on the problem.

Gastrointestinal Conditions we treat:

  • Constipation
  • Abdominal pain
  • SIBO (Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth)
  • Diarrhea
  • IBD (Chron’s/ Ulcerative Colitis)
  • IBS
  • Diverticulosis/Diverticulitis
  • Acid Reflux
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Bloating
  • Gastroparesis
  • Esophagitis
  • Food poisoning

At Harmony Integrative Healthcare we are thorough with evaluation and offer testing to make sure we properly diagnose and effectively treat your condition. Some of our specialty testing include but are not limited to:

  • Food Intolerance Profile
  • Comprehensive stool sample
  • SIBO diagnostic testing
  • H. Pylori testing
  • Parasite testing
  • Testing for pathogenic bacteria
  • Yeast
  • If you have any questions about our services, please contact us today at (602) 888-6883.