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Gut Health Specialist

Julie Taylor MD Center for Functional Medicine -  - Functional Medicine Doctor

Julie Taylor MD Center for Functional Medicine

Functional Medicine Doctors & Bioidentical Hormone Specialists located in Pasadena, CA

Your gut health has a direct effect on your well-being. If you feel bloated, gassy, nauseous, or experience constipation or diarrhea, you’d benefit from a review of your gut health. The gut is the center of the body and many symptoms, including fatigue and inflammation, are directly related to gut imbalance. Dietary, hormonal, and lifestyle interventions can help heal digestion and lead to a better quality of life.

Gut Health Q & A

When should I consult Dr. Taylor about my gut health?

If you’ve been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome or unexplained digestive problems, Dr. Taylor can help get to the root of your poor gut health. Even if you don’t have a diagnosis, but you experience chronic bloating, belching, gas, reflux, or regular diarrhea, you’d benefit from a consultation with Dr. Taylor.

Sometimes, gut health issues show up in ways you wouldn’t expect. Rashes, mood issues, autoimmune disorders, and food intolerances are possible symptoms of poor gut health.

Why is gut health so important?

As a functional medicine practitioner, Dr. Taylor recognizes that treating the gut first can often resolve a lot of underlying health problems, even if you don’t have overt digestive symptoms. Issues such as leaky gut, food intolerances, and nutrient malabsorption are often the source of your health concerns.

What hormonal problems contribute to poor gut health?

Imbalances in hormones, including thyroid, estrogen, and progesterone, can negatively affect your gut health. Bioidentical hormone therapy helps correct irregularities in these hormones and can often lead to the resolution of your gut problems.

What is leaky gut?

Leaky gut has been linked to a number of chronic diseases and uncomfortable conditions, many seemingly unrelated to your digestive tract. With leaky gut syndrome, the junctions in your intestines that prevent toxins, microbes, and undigested food from slipping into your bloodstream are weak. As a result, these foreign bodies get directly into your system and cause inflammation in your body that can manifest as a number of different symptoms, including aches and pains, allergies, asthma, sleep disorders, and headaches.

How does Dr. Taylor boost your gut health?

During your first appointment, Dr. Taylor spends an hour talking with you about all of your health concerns, health goals, lifestyle habits, and diet. During this consult, she’ll dive deeper into what may be causing your gut-related symptoms. From there, she will recommend testing which will give her a comprehensive look at the root causes of your gastrointestinal symptoms.

Dr. Taylor will then be able to develop a customized gut health protocol for you which is often times a series of herbal antibiotics, followed by a combination of prebiotics, probiotics and supplements designed to restore a healthy gut flora. She may also recommend seeing our Registered Dietitian who is experienced in providing guidance on eating properly for your gut.