Approximately 70 % of your immune system is located in your gastrointestinal system. Therefore, having proper gastrointestinal function is vital for good health. In Functional Medicine, the GI tract is often an important starting point in improving overall health. A complex, living system, the intestine protects the body from external influences based on three constituents that are forever intertwined: the microflora, mucosal barrier, and immune system. Research suggests that when the GI tract’s normal integrity is compromised, it can result in distant systematic complaints, even in the absence of GI symptoms. Dysfunction in this system can wreak havoc throughout the body and has been linked to allergies, arthritis, autoimmune disease, chronic fatigue, and more.
The relationship between gastrointestinal dysfunction, nutrition, and chronic disease is multifaceted, compelling, and complex. The Functional Medicine model allows us to offer in-depth testing of your GI system utilizing comprehensive stool testing. Additionally, IgG food sensitivity testing and micronutrient testing will allow us to restore your microbiome, decrease inflammation, and support your GI and immune system.
If you are struggling with any of the following conditions, a comprehensive GI evaluation can be helpful to get you back on track:
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Abdominal pain
- Bloating or gas
- Hidden bacterial, fungal, parasite infections
- Dysbiosis and microbiota imbalances
- Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
- Crohn’s disease
Food as Medicine
Food can be used as a key therapeutic intervention. Proper nutrition can enable you to reset, decrease inflammation, and decrease immune activation throughout your body. While no one nutritional approach works for everyone, many existing health conditions can be modulated through food. For this reason, optimizing nutrition is a core part of our practice at the Wisconsin Institute of Functional Medicine.
Here is a list of popular diets that can help you feel your best:
- Gluten-free diet
- Paleo diet
- Autoimmune Paleo (AIP)
- Elimination diet, allergies
- FODMAP diet
- Anti-inflammatory diet
- Ketogenic diet
- LCD (low carbohydrate) diet
- Low histamine diet
- Low oxalates diet
At Wisconsin Institute of Functional Medicine, we will work with you to identify the nutritional approach that works for your body and lifestyle.
Schedule a Consultation
Are you ready to book your consultation? Now is the time to benefit from the skill and knowledge offered by Dr. Tracy Page at the Wisconsin Institute of Functional Medicine. Take the first step in restoring your health and vitality and begin living the life you have dreamed of. Contact our team serving the Appleton, Wisconsin area today.