Conditions We Treat

Indigestion

Are You Bloated or Get Indigestion After Meals?
The gastrointestinal system is an intricate system composed of multiple organs and billions microorganisms. Digestion is further complicated by incidences of food intolerances and food allergies that are often related to the over 500 different species that should living in symbiosis in our bodies. Whether or not you have obvious symptoms of poor digestion or nutrient malabsorption, evaluating the digestive tract is often a great place to start to heal the body from any illness or disease.


Let's take it a step further...You Are What You Digest
Even if we choose the healthiest foods to eat, we may not be getting their benefit as part of our healing process. In many cases, the foods are not broken down properly and absorbed into the bloodstream. Undigested food ferments in the gastrointestinal tract often resulting in gas, bloating and inflammation. Specialty stool testing, dietary logs and patient history allow us to assess how well someone is breaking down their food as well as to identify any causes of poor digestion.


Symptoms of Digestive Issues
Symptoms of inadequate digestion are often dismissed by physicians and patients. If you experience the following for 2+ weeks, there may be an issue with your digestion:

  • Inexplicable weight gain or weight loss
  • Acne
  • Loose, irregularly shaped or discolored stools
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Bloating
  • Frequent infections (such as UTIs)
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Unexplained fatigue
  • Burning/Itching anus
  • Recurrent sore throat, chronic cough
  • Indigestion
  • Brain fog
  • Foul smelling gas


Probiotics- Is Eating Yogurt Suffice?
Often people will just take a probiotic or eating some yogurt and think that this is enough to maintain a healthy balance of gut flora. However, upon considering the millions of bacteria we come into contact with daily, probiotics and yogurt are not enough to maintain a beneficial balance of microorganisms. There are five necessities to increasing the quantity of beneficial bacteria living in your gut:

  1. They must be alive when you consume them (Pasteurization of yogurt often kills them)
  2. They must survive the acidity of your stomach and enter your small intestine
  3. They must attach onto your intestinal wall and thrive in the pH of the environment
  4. They must be able to produce their own lactic acid to carry out metabolic processes
  5. They need to colonize and thrive as permanent residents of your intestines


Don't Underestimate Gut Dysbiosis
Gut dybiosis is the result of an imbalance of beneficial and pathogenic organisms. Often times, many chronic health conditions are caused by abnormal levels of yeast, beneficial and pathogenic bacteria as well as parasites. Gut dybiosis results in disease by altering an individual's nutrition, digestion and/or immune responses. By addressing gut dybiosis, an individual is able to treat the following conditions:

  • Steatorrhea
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Celiac disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Sinusitis
  • Weight gain
  • B12 deficiency
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Headaches
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Anxiety
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Colon and breast cancers
  • Cystic acne
  • Allergies
  • Crohn's disease
  • Liver congestion


Leaky Gut Syndrome
Leaky Gut Syndrome is the result of larger food particles and bacteria having broken through the gastrointestinal lining of the digestive system and having entered the bloodstream. Food sensitivities begin as a result of the breakthrough as the immune system identifies the particles and bacteria as foreign bodies and attacks them. Leaky gut increases inflammation and toxin load of the body and can manifest into the following conditions:

Joint Pain Crohn's Disease Ulcerative Colitis
Psoriasis Food Intolerances Eczema
Rheumatoid Arthritis Lupus Depression & Anxiety
ADHD/ADD Celiac Disease Chronic Fatigue


Gut Problems Digested Away
ACN Wellness will create personalized holistic protocols for you based on how your body absorbs/digests nutrients, bacterial probiotic insufficiencies or excesses, yeast overgrowth, parasite infiltration, gut immune function, and fat/carb/protein metabolism. We are able to provide the Vienna, Leesburg and DC metro regions with individualized, holistic treatments concerning diet, herbs, detoxification and nutritional supplements to improve your gastrointestinal health.


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