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Dr. Laura Pipher

Beyond bloat, hidden signs your gut needs help

Stomach bloating is a common complaint, but did you know your gut health can impact your overall well-being in surprising ways? Specifically  Our gut microbiome, the trillions of bacteria living in our digestive system, plays a crucial role in not only digestion and nutrient absorption but also hormone regulation, mood, and even brain function.

So, how can you tell if your gut needs some TLC? While bloating is a telltale sign, here are some less-obvious symptoms to watch out for

Brain Fog & Difficulty Concentrating:

When your gut microbiome is imbalanced, it can affect the production of neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin, which influence focus and mood. In addition, Feeling foggy-headed or struggling to concentrate could be a sign of gut issues.

Anxiety & Mood Swings

Have you ever wondered if mental health concerns could be the result of gut imbalances? Well the gut-brain connection is real! Studies suggest that an imbalance in gut bacteria can contribute to anxiety and mood swings. There are also specifically bacteria that can influence whether or not you have depression or anxiety. 

Skin problems

It is true that everything comes out on the skin! As a result of this, I see many conditions such as Acne, rosacea, and eczema as the result of flare ups due to gut inflammation from an unhealthy microbiome.

Fatigue and low energy

Struggling with fatigue or low energy? It’s time to look at the gut! When your gut struggles to digest food properly, it can lead to nutrient deficiencies and reduced energy levels. Specifically when I see patients who struggle with chronic fatigue or low energy I am often ruling out digestive conditions such as celiac disease crohns disease or ulcerative colitis as part of my comprehensive work up.

Irregular periods

Whenever I am treating patients for their hormonal concerns I am always starting in the gut. Why? Because The gut microbiome plays a role in estrogen metabolism. Imbalances can disrupt your menstrual cycle and lead to irregular periods. We often see microbiome imbalances in conditions such as PCOS which have been shown in the research to be contributors to the development of the condition.

What to do if you suspect gut issues

  1. Consult a Naturopathic Doctor: A naturopathic doctor can assess your gut health and identify potential imbalances.

  2. Functional Testing: Consider functional testing for stool analysis, food sensitivities, or SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) to identify the root cause of your gut issues.

  3. Dietary Changes: Focus on a whole-foods, anti-inflammatory diet rich in gut-friendly prebiotics and probiotics.

  4. Supplements: Certain probiotics, L-glutamine, or digestive enzymes may be recommended by your doctor to support gut health.

  5. Stress Management: Chronic stress can disrupt gut health. Consider stress-reduction techniques like yoga, meditation, or spending time in nature.

By addressing the health of your gut, you can experience a positive ripple effect throughout your body and mind. Don’t ignore the hidden signals your gut might be sending you. Take steps to support your gut microbiome and unlock a path to optimal health and well-being!

if you are looking to dive deeper, my digestive intensive program can help you understand your digestion and how to get to the root causes

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