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  • Kathryn Boyle, DC

Naperville Functional Medicine: A Holistic Approach to Healing Your Gut

Digestive Disorders

No one is immune from the occasional stomach ache, but when bloating, gassiness, reflux, diarrhea, or constipation become the norm...it’s time to investigate!


Recent advancements in medical science have highlighted the significant link between gut health and overall well-being. Functional medicine, a holistic healthcare approach, is gaining recognition for its role in addressing gastrointestinal issues by targeting root causes rather than just symptoms.


Getting To The Root Cause Of Symptoms

There are so many reasons why you may experience chronic digestive distress, and

unless you take the time to understand the root cause of what’s causing your

digestive symptoms, you won’t know how to resolve the issue!


Common issues that may be at the root of common digestive symptoms include:

food sensitivities, gut dysbiosis (abnormal growth of the gut flora), and digestive

abnormalities such as insufficient stomach acid or digestive enzymes.


Leaky gut – or “increased intestinal permeability” – is poorly understood in many

medical settings, but it is very real to those who are having symptoms every time

they eat. With this condition, the intestinal wall has an increased amount of

permeability due to the loosening of the junctions between the cells that line the

intestines.


The gaps in the walls allow for more items to pass through from the intestines into

the bloodstream including partially digested food products, bacteria, and toxins that

are normally broken down in the gastrointestinal tract. This can cause mild to severe

symptoms ranging from GI disturbances, joint pain, migraines, skin conditions, and

even autoimmune activation.


The Functional Medicine Approach to Treating Gut Issues

The functional medicine approach to healing the gut is to create a personalized

protocol to restore your body’s ability to function so we can bring your body back into

balance. If needed, Dr. Boyle will also order advanced lab tests to evaluate the

gastrointestinal system and possible hidden food sensitivities. After discovering what the underlying causes are Dr. Boyle will formulate a health care plan that is specific to your needs.





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