Did you know that there is more collective bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract than there are cells in your body? The bacteria in your intestines are estimated to be from over 400 different species and can weigh upwards of 4 lbs. While the variety may seem overwhelming, bacteria in your intestines operate in a delicate balance, or symbiosis, which translates to “living in harmony.” “Good” bacteria helps your to break down food, absorb nutrients and produce some vitamins, while “bad” bacteria can compromise your immune system, cause infection, pain, and serious illness. An imbalance of “good” and “bad” bacteria is called dysbiosis, and affects a number of Americans every year.
With a integrated combination of Western medicine and traditional Eastern practices, a functional medicine doctor like myself can help balance your intestinal turbulence naturally. My natural approach includes functional medicine, homeopathy and other alternative medicine modalities.
Those suffering with dysbiosis may have trouble digesting food, producing vitamins, controlling their hormones, and regulating their other body functions. Conditions associated with dysbiosis include:
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Chronic acne
- Development of food allergies
- Chronic fatigue
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- “Leaky Gut Syndrome” or Increased Intestinal Permeability
- Autoimmune diseases
These diseases can become debilitating if left untreated, but with an integrated medical approach you can restore the natural balance to your body’s digestive system.
Elena Klimenko, MD is experienced in functional medicine, offering a diverse and intuitive treatment plan for a number of gastrointestinal diseases. Contact Elena Klimenko today for an integrated approach to treating dysbiosis and other serious gastrointestinal syndromes. Click here to fill out an evaluation form and set up an appointment today.