Total Gut Restoration

“All Disease Begins in the Gut” – Hippocrates

Total Gut Restoration

Ten years ago we didn’t know we had a microbiome. Now, it's one of the most important areas of research into both your digestive system as well as far-reaching implications as your mental health.

What is the Gut Microbiome?

Your gut health is determined by the foods you eat and the bacteria that live in your gut that help break molecules down and make it easier for your body to digest energy and eliminate waste and toxins. 

This microbiome is like an internal garden consisting of trillions of microbial cells that play a critical role in our health   These microbes act as a biological control center impacting digestion, metabolism, immune function, and many other aspects of our health. 

A healthy gut houses an estimated 100 trillion cells of microbes, outnumbering human cells 10 to 1. All we have learned about this part of the human internal ecosystem is that our gut bacteria is crucial to optimal health.

Our gut garden needs to be cared for and can be polluted by harmful compounds or habits.  To nurture our gut garden, we need to remove what is harming it and provide the necessary compounds it needs to thrive.  The population of good bacteria in our body can be inhibited by stress, unhealthy eating habits, lack of restorative sleep, antibiotics, and exposure to toxins and chemicals.  It is important to be mindful about what you are putting in and on your body.   Conversely, when our diet consists of whole real foods providing the rainbow of phytonutrients and fibers these microbes need to thrive, this amazing ecosystem will beautifully thrive and balance itself. 

Balance and Diversity are key cornerstone principles for a healthy functioning microbiome.  Since each microbe has its own unique role to play in supporting our health, it is important to have a rich variety of different species present.  So, in essence, we want a diverse rainforest gut garden with a balance amongst the various species.

A healthy microbiome is a balanced and diverse microbiome.  When our gut garden is out of balance, it may lead to a condition known as leaky gut that compromises the vital protective function our gut should provide. Leaky gut occurs when the cells of your gastrointestinal tract are no longer intact and there are “gaps between the cells.  These “gaps” allows harmful substances such as bacteria, toxins, and undigested food particles to pass into your bloodstream wreaking havoc on your health by overtaxing your immune system and increasing inflammation throughout the body.  So, to heal your body, you first must heal your gut. 

What do Gut Bacteria Do?

These bacteria break down food to release energy and produce vitamins.  They also regulate many of our bodily functions, from supporting our brain function and influencing our immune system, to affecting our hormones, metabolism, and weight. 

Imbalances within the microbiome can create havoc and numerous symptoms that often are a result of our diets, environmental toxins, and our emotional health. Diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders, SIBO, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, and depression can all be examples of the expression of an imbalanced microbiome.

Improving Gut Health and Your Digestive Tract

These bacteria break down food to release energy and produce vitamins.  They also regulate many of our bodily functions, from supporting our brain function and influencing our immune system, to affecting our hormones, metabolism, and weight. 

Imbalances within the microbiome can create havoc and numerous symptoms that often are a result of our diets, environmental toxins, and our emotional health. Diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders, SIBO, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, and depression can all be examples of the expression of an imbalanced microbiome.

Improve Your Gut Health With Treatments at AustinMD Clinic

Your gut health is a priority for us, as we walk through the healing journey together at AustinMD. Schedule your consultation today!

 

Resources: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6121872/

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Functional Medicine Near me

What to Expect

When you visit our Functional Medicine team, you can expect to spend a lot more time with us than you would with a conventional provider.

Are you a Candidate?

If you are considering participating in a specific program at AustinMD Aesthetics & Wellness, but still have more questions, please don’t hesitate to Contact us. Our Functional Medicine team will be happy to answer your questions or give you more information on any of our programs.

Functional Medicine Listening

Functional Medicine FAQ

Please review the frequently asked questions below. If you don’t find the answer to your question, feel free to contact our patient coordinator via email and set up a FREE discovery consultation

At your initial consultation, you will be given an opportunity to discuss your personal health goals with Dr. Roy or his Functional Medicine certified nurse practitioner. This is an opportunity for you and our team to identify if you are a good candidate for our services.

Expect the consultation to last for 60-75 minutes. If you are a good candidate for our care, we will go over the test kits and some paperwork to get you started. We value your time and do our best to provide a timely service.

The initial consultation is $350 to see Dr. Jenny, NP and $400 to see Dr. Roy, MD.  This is also the hourly rates.  We do ask that you complete your intake forms 48 hours prior to you appointment.  This allows the providers to develop the best plan for you and utilize the appointment time efficiently to answer your questions.  During that visit, the functional testing needs will be determined and any additional testing kit costs will be shared with you.  Follow up visits can either be on a fee for service basis based on the time spent or you may join one of our membership plans.  These plans offer unlimited visits with the providers, including the nutritionist and one complimentary IV Drip per month.   

All testing that we do is known as functional lab testing. Functional lab testing helps us evaluate your health at a cellular level and this testing is different from traditional testing because it helps evaluate the root causes of your symptoms instead of just diagnosing you with a condition. This testing is done through your stool, saliva and or blood often times we provide you with the kits and many of the samples can actually be collected from the comfort of your home or the local lab. Each lab test provides us with details of clinical data and insight into your cellular function and we want to make sure that you fully understand your lab results and that you can easily share them with your health care team if necessary.

Once we get your lab results back and review them for your mineral nutrient needs we will recommend a personalized supplement program. Our recommendations will include only the highest quality products to create more predictable outcomes. By doing the right testing to start with we can ensure that you’re taking the right supplements for the right length of time. All supplements and remedies are included in our Creating a Healthier You program.

Depending on your health issues, some supplements may be taken on a temporary basis and others may be taken on a more permanent basis.

Although food is the best medicine, supplementation supports the lifestyle changes and fills in any genetic weakness.

To determine a client’s treatment, Dr. Roy and Dr. Jenny his will review your medical history. You may want to request copies of your medical files from the past year, to share with the providers.  You can also upload your medical record files to your chart.  

Your medical files and treatments are held in the strictest of confidence; all correspondence is handled through our secure patient portal.

We believe in education in bringing about improved wellness and teaching others about the importance of diet, exercise, hormones and stress relief.  This education is provided by the all of our staff at AustinMD.  

We do not accept any form of medical insurance or Medicare. We do encourage you to use your insurance for lab work, however some tests may not be covered. You may also use pre-tax dollars from a Health Savings Account (HSA) or Care Credit to pay for your consultations and supplements used for specific health problems.

To provide you with the most affordable care possible AustinMD has made special arrangements with all of our lab vendors to provide our patients with direct lab pricing. This ensures that you’ll get the lowest price possible and all lab testing that you receive. Some tests with some insurance companies will cover a large portion of the test. On average, you should budget $500-$1500.

A Health Savings Account (HSA) enables you to pay for medical expenses on a tax-free or pre-taxed basis. For more information and to see if you qualify, you will need to speak with your medical insurance provider.

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