5 Ways To BOOST Gut Ecology and Increase Individual Metabolic Capacity
Presenting GI EFFECTS FROM GENOVA
[From the Desk Of Dr. Pucci] Decades of research into The Human Genome project finally yielded to an examination of our internal microbial terrain, where having a healthy gut microbiome is foundational to well-being.
Patients have been taught to think of their “gut” as separate from their brain, and to only worry about it when they have a problem with “digestion”.
In fact, a patient does not have to present with gastrointestinal signs and symptoms to have underlying functional imbalances that affect their brain, body, genetic expression, and mood.
These functional imbalances within the intestinal tract contribute to a host of ailments including:
- weight gain or loss
- sleep and mood disorders
- skin rashes, allergies and asthma
- chemical and food sensitivities
- systemic inflammation
- autoimmune disease
- chronic pain & fatigue
- aging brain, dementia and brain decline
- gastric distress including chronic constipation, diarrhea and bloat
- acid reflux and heartburn
- pre-diabetes, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance and heart health
- nutritional insufficiency
- and so on
Why A Gut Microbiome Test?
The GI Effects Comprehensive Stool Profile can reveal important information about the root cause of many common gastrointestinal symptoms such as gas, bloating, indigestion, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and constipation…
…and it also provides a pathway for considering the gut’s effect on brain, mood, behavior, and disease. Biomarkers are grouped and scored in 5 key areas relating to GI function:
- Gut Dysbiosis
- Metabolic Imbalance
This stool analysis utilizes biomarkers such as fecal calprotectin to differentiate between Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). In addition, Genova’s GI Effects test can be used to evaluate patients with a clinical history that suggests a gastrointestinal infection or dysbiosis.
At the Pucci Wellness Center, we consider this test foundational for any type of health imbalance because whether it is hormones, gut, brain, or immune health, all these systems are interconnected.
Every single morsel of food we eat passes through our digestive tract and moves further into the waste stream, where it is picked over by the trillions of bacteria living inside us who extract every possible nutrient.
We are what we eat and what our microbiome eats, too. These bacteria represent us, who we are and what we eat; meaning, what shows up in our pooh is an indication of our microbial diversity and how well it is able to do its job.
In other words, the health of our microbiome foundational to our own. We want them to be able to metabolize as much food for fuel to energize our lives and power our days, positively.
Imbalances in the colon lead to all kinds of upstream problem not only in the gut, but also the brain, and affect every system in the body including hormone and immune systems.