Are you inflamed? Is your body on fire?
If you have digestive issues such as bloating, excess gas, acid reflux, IBS, frequent diarrhea, or constipation, the answer is likely to be “yes.”
Are you frustrated by frequent nasal congestion, skin rashes, food sensitivities, brain fog, anxiety, headaches, fatigue, slow metabolism or trouble losing weight? Inflammation could be a factor in any of these conditions.
Inflammation often begins in the gut, where it is hidden from view. It starts out as a healthy response to an injury or a toxic substance. It’s an important part of the way our bodies heal.
Are you absorbing all the nutrients you need?
If your gut lining is damaged, inflamed or “leaky”--the answer is likely to be “no.” You can eat healthy foods and take the highest quality nutritional supplements, but if your digestive system is not working well, your body may not be able to assimilate these nutrients.
Holistic gut health analysis will help you understand what isn't working for you and how to optimize your gut health.
A holistic approach to gut health is key to a healthy body and metabolism
It’s easy to see how important a healthy gut is for converting our food to energy and fuel to power through the day. With advances in the study of the gut microbiome, we are learning about a whole new world of beneficial microbial organisms that live inside us and help create our health and our immune system.
We’re finding out more about how the gut and the brain communicate through the vagus nerve, and how gut health can influence mood disorders such as anxiety and depression. There are so many reasons why a holistic gut health approach is key to your vitality.
Traditional Eastern influences
In studying traditional medical practices, we can see that gut health has always been essential. To speak in terms of Chinese medicine, digestion is governed by the Spleen and Stomach, easily influenced by the Liver and prone to pathologic factors such as Dampness, Heat and Stagnation. Most of these pathologies arise from improper eating and stress.
There is ancient wisdom about eating that you can use today for better health and vitality. Chinese herbal medicine is amazing for helping the body remove obstacles to gut health and power up metabolism.
Anyone can benefit from a holistic gut health expert!
Anyone in any stage of life, from children to adults, can benefit from improving gut health. Gut health is especially important for busy women who need plenty of energy and would like to maintain a healthy weight, enjoy clear skin and the resilience of a strong immune system. Good gut health can help with all of these issues and more.
I offer holistic gut health approach combining functional medicine, Chinese herbal medicine and lifestyle change:
My holistic program for immune system and gut health includes:
- individualized treatment that takes the whole person into account
- customized Chinese herbal formulas are chosen for your personal constitution
- dietary and lifestyle recommendations
- functional medicine testing as needed:
- a GI stool test to find if there are hidden sources of inflammation such as bacteria, viruses or parasites in the gut, or if there are disruptions in the gut microbiome and other important gut markers
- an adrenal stress test, because stress affects gut and inflammation
- advanced testing for organic acids, nutrients and toxin levels
It’s a good idea to work on gut health at the beginning of any health program--including a weight loss program--because you want to build on a strong foundation. Make sure you are keeping up with your primary care appointments for routine healthcare, and be sure to consult your medical doctor first if anything is concerning you to rule out serious health conditions.
Once you have made sure to have your health team in place, you can get to work on finding and correcting gut health issues. You may find that seemingly unrelated issues are resolved or start to heal simply by working on gut health. I would love to join you on your health journey. Now is the perfect time to get started!
Because the root causes of digestive issues and inflammation are often complex, conventional medicine solutions and drug treatment can prove to be disappointing and produce unwanted side effects. My patients usually want to get better with natural solutions and are determined to take the time to make lasting changes. In this holistic gut health program, we use both Functional Medicine and Chinese Medicine. These are based on principles of working to correct root causes so that your body can stay balanced naturally.
A typical functional medicine lab-based treatment program for gut health and inflammation lasts from 2 to 6 months, with regular appointments (usually every two weeks) to keep up with your progress. I usually start with lab testing and then customize a supplement and herbal program based on your results.
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I am a holistic gut health doctor located in Gainesville, Florida.
I'm currently offering treatments for patients at Bodies in Balance Acupuncture in their Northwest Gainesville clinic.
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I have seen Dorothy Wells for many years now, turning to her for her vast knowledge of both eastern and western approaches to healing practices and optimizing health and how to navigate the best balance of the two.
From her wide knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine, working with herbs and acupuncture and heat, to more modern treatments such as electronic auricular stimulation, to an incredibly deep understanding of women's health, her insights and her treatments have been very helpful. I could not recommend Dorothy and her practice more!
Being Well Medicine LLC
Dorothy S. Wells, AP, DACM
Functional Medicine Specialist