Good gut health refers to a balanced and diverse ecosystem of microorganisms in the gastrointestinal tract, which supports optimal digestion, nutrient absorption, endocrine function and immune function. A healthy gut is characterized by an ideal balance between beneficial and potentially harmful bacteria, ensuring that the digestive system functions smoothly and effectively. Maintaining good gut health also has a significant impact on overall well-being, including mental health, as it contributes to the production of essential neurotransmitters, such as serotonin.
Dysbiosis is a term used to describe an imbalance in the microbial ecosystem of the gut, where the balance between beneficial and potentially harmful microorganisms is disrupted. This imbalance can be caused by various factors, including poor diet, stress, lack of sleep, overuse of antibiotics, and other medications. Dysbiosis can negatively impact digestive processes, nutrient absorption, and immune function, potentially leading to a wide range of health issues such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), obesity, and mental health disorders. Addressing dysbiosis typically involves lifestyle and dietary changes to restore the balance of gut microbiota and promote overall gut health.
The medical professionals at Lifespan Integrative Medicine take a holistic approach to diagnosis your GI issues through functional GI testing, and help you restore the balance that your gut and body need to thrive.