Digestive Health

Why Care about Digestive Health?

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Digestive health is the foundation of true wellness! Our digestive system is where we absorb nutrients from our food, but it also plays an important role in our immune and nervous systems. When things go wrong in the digestive system it can cause nutrient deficiencies and inflammation, which can negatively affect mood, energy, autoimmune diseases, and skin issues. Getting to the heart of digestive issues can significantly improve your overall health!

Can Naturopathic Medicine Improve Digestive Health?

Yes! Naturopathic medicine can effectively relieve your symptoms, while also helping to improve your overall health and well-being. Dr. Burke can address many common digestive disorders, including:

How Does Naturopathic Medicine Address GI Disorders?

Instead of simfunctional-medicine-doctor-hillsboroply suppressing your symptoms with a medication, naturopathic medicine seeks to find and treat the underlying causes of disease. Many people have food sensitivities, dysbiosis (bacterial or yeast overgrowth in the gut), or chronic stress that are worsening their overall health and making them feel sick. Dr. Burke uses a functional medicine approach to evaluate and treat the root cause of your health imbalances in order to get you back to feeling your best!

What is a Functional Medicine Approach to Digestive Disorders?

If you’re looking for a holistic approach to digestive health, you’ve come to the right place! Functional medicine means that in addition to being able to diagnose disease Dr. Burke will also evaluate how well your digestive system is functioning. Functional medicine also means having an eye toward preventing future disease from occurring down the road.

Dr. Burke strongly believes in a mind-body connection. For many people, stress has a HUGE negative impact on the body. The treatments Dr. Burke recommends are holistic, addressing both the physical and emotional aspects of health.

Comprehensive Testing for Digestive Health

Dr. Burke offers a variety of testing for digestive health issues including specific tests for:

  • Food sensitivities and allergies
  • Celiac disease
  • Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
  • Candida (yeast) overgrowth
  • Intestinal parasites 
  • Functional markers of digestive health including: stool pH, inflammation markers, and digestive enzyme output

After taking a thorough health history and reviewing your past medical records, Dr. Burke can discuss what testing options are most appropriate for you.

Integrative Treatments for GI Disorders

Dr. Burke practices truly integrative medicine, and she will work with you to create a customized treatment plan to not only relieve your symptoms, but also to support your body to heal. Naturopathic medicine uses the philosophy of the therapeutic order to ensure that  you are getting the most effective, least invasive, and safest treatments possible. The therapeutic order matches the aggressiveness of treatment to the severity of the disease. Sometimes this means starting with nutritional recommendations and natural supplements, but it also means using pharmaceutical prescriptions or referring you to specialists when you need them.

If you already have a primary care physician or gastroenterologist, Dr. Burke will work with your other providers as an integrative team to ensure that you get the best possible care.

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