Gastrointestinal Health Specialist
If you struggle with a gastrointestinal disorder, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that 11% of Americans suffer from a chronic digestive disease, and that number increases to as high as 35% in older adults. Many people with gastrointestinal problems visit with a dietitian, because nutrition plays a powerful role in gastrointestinal health and wellness. Our dietitians provide important advice and support so that you can find relief! If you suffer from uncomfortable gastrointestinal symptoms, please contact us to book an appointment today.
Gastrointestinal Health Q & A
How is nutrition related to gastrointestinal health?
Nutrition and your gastrointestinal (GI) health are closely connected. Your stomach breaks down food, then the small intestine digests and absorbs nutrients. Your large intestine, also called the colon, is home to trillions of gut bacteria, collectively called the microbiome.
Gut bacteria play extensive and essential roles in your health, from supporting your immune system to producing vitamins and preventing gastrointestinal diseases.
The vital role our GI tract plays in our overall health is greatly impacted by our nutrition. Your gut bacteria are directly affected by the foods and fibers you eat. You can also prevent and treat numerous gastrointestinal issues with different dietary approaches
What gastrointestinal conditions improve with dietary changes?
Dietary changes are often the first line of treatment for GI problems such as:
- Celiac disease
- Peptic ulcers
- Lactose intolerance
- Diverticular disease
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease
- Diarrhea and constipation
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth
- Leaky gut
- Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis)
What dietary changes promote my gastrointestinal health?
Our dietitians will review your medical history and carefully evaluate your nutritional intake.
Every patient needs a tailored plan that fits their GI problem, dietary preferences and lifestyle. Our dietitians can recommend an approach that is right for you.
Our dietitians may also teach you one of several standard gastroenterology diets, such as:
- Low-FODMAP diet
- Gastroparesis diet
- Gluten-free diet
- High-fiber diet
- Low-fiber diet
- Low-oxalate diet
- Low-sodium diet
- Lactose-free diet
- Anti-inflammatory diet
- Low acid diet
When planning the best dietary intervention for your gastrointestinal health, the team at Essential Nutrition collaborates with one another and their medical advisors, so you receive the most current, medically sound, and effective treatments.
If you need help with your GI health, please contact us today.