ARE YOU A VICTIM OF SIBO?
In my practice I see a multiple of number of patients daily that have been sick for years looking for a solution and wanting to get better. Those same patients tell me that they have been to numerous specialists, had testing done, and was told “everything is fine”. But wait, everything is not fine! I still feel bad…. does it sound familiar? As a Functional Medicine Specialist, our mission is looking for the root of the problem using specialized testing validated by evidence-based medicine not typically used in traditional medicine.
One of the examples, that Functional Medicine looks outside of the box is by the way it views the health of the GUT (the largest organ system comprised of the digestive system located between ones’ mouth and the anus). Many factors are involved in the balance of this GUT Environment / Microbiome. Some factors that impede the GUT Microbiome balance is the fact that we are living in a world of increase stressors and demands which may be further compounded with the intake of acid suppressants.
The reason why balance of the microbiome, having the right type and number of bacteria, is so important is because alterations in its function can cause disease and numerous symptoms that can impact overall health.
THE HUMAN GUT MICROBIOME IS NOW RECOGNIZED AS HAVING A MAJOR INFLUENCE ON A WIDE RANGE OF HUMAN PHYSIOLOGICAL PROCESSES, MANY OF WHICH INFLUENCE A PERSON’S RISK FOR NON-GASTROINTERSTINAL DISEASES.
The dysbiosis (imbalance) of the small intestine is call SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), it has been associated with conditions such as obesity, fatty liver, diabetes, IBS, and Crohn’s to name a few. There are hundreds of different types of bacteria in the GUT and all of them have their place in the GUT, and once that balance is altered, havoc will come next. Numerous non-specific symptoms resulting from SIBO may include bloating, abdominal distension, pain, discomfort, diarrhea, fatigue, weakness, unable to tolerate certain foods. Furthermore SIBO, is often characterized by nutrient deficiencies, vitamin B12, iron, thiamin, nicotinamide and vitamins A, and vitamin E.
So, what to do? If you have symptoms: bloating, abdominal distension, pain, discomfort, diarrhea, fatigue, weakness, unable to tolerate certain foods a Functional Medicine Physician will likely suggest a specialized Breath Test which indirectly measures the metabolic activity of microbes in the small intestine. If positive, that’s when Functional Medicine excels by not only finding the root cause of this imbalance but by having a personalized treatment plan to assist in repopulating, balancing, and healing the GUT. Some of the treatment plans may include specialized vitamins and minerals, peptides, medical grade probiotics, meditation and much more to recreate balance and health optimization.
Call us today and schedule your free consultation at 954.384.8989. Dr. Jean-Claude Nerette is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Functional Medicine and Stephanie Muniz Nerette is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner and a Diplomate to the Board of Anti-Aging Medicine. Bellissimo Medical is located at 2665 Executive Park Drive, Suite #3, in Weston.