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Digestive issues? Before you blame the food, take a look at your gut microbiota and how it's impacting your digestion.

Updated: Feb 5

Bloating, gas, constipation, oh my! If you've been struggling with digestive issues, you're not alone. Many people experience issues on and off the toilet, and although these symptoms may be common, that doesn't mean they're normal - and certainly not desirable! In my experience, prospective clients come to me with a long list of things they've tried for relief. They find themselves constantly guessing what foods to avoid, popping random enzymes and probiotics, feeling anxious around certain "bad" foods, yet making zero progress in improving their gut health. It's a frustrating situation that can leave you feeling bloated, gassy, and generally unwell.

It's not just about the food.

The food is not the issue, it’s more likely an imbalance within the gut microbiota that's causing a reaction to the food. This imbalance within the gut microbiota can occur for a few reasons:

  1. An overgrowth of opportunistic organisms are fermenting the foods consumed and producing gas in excess -> think hydrogen and methane.

  2. A lack of beneficial microbes can impact motility, allow for overgrowth of opportunistic bacteria, and impact inflammation. Beneficial microbes are essential for producing vitamins and anti-inflammatory short chain fatty acids, such as butyrate.

  3. Mayne people simply do not produce enough HCL within the stomach or digestive enzymes to breakdown food appropriately.

These few culprits scratch the surface on what I commonly see with digestive issues, but every individual is highly unique. What works for one individual may exacerbate another individual's symptoms. The key takeaway here is that when it comes to digestive health, mapping out your gut microbiota is essential for making progress. Clients not only save valuable time by feeling better faster, they save loads of money by customizing what they actually NEED to address the root cause. This means that instead of wasting money and time on food sensitivity testing and endless supplements, you should focus on understanding and improving your gut health.

A better approach to gut health

One non-invasive test can help you understand your gut health better. With this understanding, you can get personalized supplement recommendations and an expertly crafted nutrition plan by experts in the field of nutrition and herbal medicine. This plan will take into account your unique needs and preferences, making it easier for you to stick to it and see real progress.

The freedom of a liberated diet

With a better understanding of your gut health, you can enjoy a liberated diet. This means you can stop worrying about "bad" foods and start enjoying a wider variety of foods. Small changes can lead to big progress, and before you know it, you'll start feeling better and enjoying your life more than ever before. In fact, check out our Better Gut Guide for a taste of what we offer with meal planning.

Start your journey to better gut health

Improving your gut health is not a quick fix, but it's a journey worth taking. The team at Functional Nutrition is here to guide you on this journey through personalized testing that maps out your microbiota. This information is specific to your healing journey. With our help, you can stop guessing and start making informed decisions about your diet, lifestyle, and supplements.

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