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Gut Health

Gut Health

Gut Health services offered in Buffalo, NY

Gut health may influence your overall health and risk of disease more than genetics. However, unlike your genes, you have some control over the health of your gut. At OWM Integrative Wellness in Buffalo, New York, the team of integrative and functional medicine providers can help you improve gut health by creating a personalized wellness plan. Call the office to schedule a gut health consultation at the concierge medicine practice or request an appointment online today. 

Gut Health Q & A

Gut Health

What is gut health?

Gut health refers to the balance of microorganisms that live in your large intestine, also called the microbiome. Good gut health means the microbiome has a healthy balance of good microorganisms and harmful microorganisms.

This is important because the trillions of microorganisms that live in your gut influence your health and wellness. In addition to breaking down and absorbing nutrients from the food you eat, your gut affects immune health, mood, and hormones.

The team at OWM Integrative Wellness understands the strong connection between gut health and your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Using innovative health and wellness tools, they can change the balance of microorganisms in your microbiome, improving gut health.

What are health problems related to gut health?

Gut health influences your immune system and mental well-being and may play a role in the onset of many common chronic health conditions. 

Some of the common health problems related to poor gut health, also called dysbiosis (imbalance of the microbiome), include:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Celiac disease
  • Acid reflux and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
  • Candida
  • Intestinal permeability: Leaky gut
  • Diarrhea and constipation
  • Gas and bloating

Improving gut health has long term benefits that go far beyond the elimination of bloating, gas and other uncomfortable digestive symptoms. There’s also research connecting gut health to chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Gut Health

What can I do to improve gut health?

The OWM Integrative Wellness team includes experts in gut health and nutrition who provide individualized plans to improve gut health. Before making any specific recommendations, your provider conducts a thorough history and physical exam.

This thorough exam includes a review of your health concerns and issues, medical history, family history, usual diet, types of medications and supplements you take, and your daily routine. The team will also perform a physical exam and run necessary diagnostic tests to assess overall health and microbiome balance.

To improve gut health, the team creates a plan that may include:

  • A personalized nutritional medicine program
  • Vitamin supplementation
  • Intravenous (IV) therapy
  • Elimination and detox plans
  • Prebiotics and anti-inflammatory herbs
  • Stress management

Taking steps to improve gut health may boost your mood, improve energy, and help you get better sleep.

Many health issues originate from an unhealthy gut. To improve gut health, call OWM Integrative Wellness or request an appointment online today.

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