Gastrointestinal (GI) Function involves digesting and absorbing the foods we eat to extract nutrients and create energy, and elimination of the waste materials, which is one of the primary ways our bodies remove toxins.
The barrier function of the intestines is crucial for proper GI function, as well as overall health. The intestinal barrier is selectively permeable, allowing “good stuff” (nutrients, electrolytes and water) to flow in, but keeping “bad stuff” (toxins, pathogens and antigens) out. When the intestinal barrier loses its integrity, it is known as “leaky gut”, meaning that the barrier is letting things in that it shouldn’t let in. This can lead to a host of GI symptoms, immune problems — 80-90% of our immune system resides in our gut — and neurological problems, as there is a direct correlation to the health of the intestinal barrier and the health of the blood brain barrier (BBB).
GI Dysfunction Symptoms May Include:
- Gas, bloating, belching
- Heartburn or GERD
- Stomach pain
- Inability to absorb nutrients
- Multiple food allergies or intolerances
- Leaky gut
- History of antibiotic use
Testing May Include:
- Ability to digest and absorb nutrients
- Hydrochloric acid (HCl)
- Digestive enzymes
- Inflammation markers
- Leaky gut (specific lab tests can be performed to determine if you have it or not)
- Micro biome (probiotic) testing
- Food intolerance testing
- Testing for pathogens such as H. Pylori, parasites, and bacteria that commonly affect the GI tract
- Detoxification: liver and kidney Function
Contact Dr. Engelbart now for more information.