Is Your Gut Slowing You Down?
Stomach pain and disorders of the gastrointestinal system (GI) affect more people in the United States than those who suffer from heart disease, AIDS and cancer combined. Over 74% of Americans have lived with some type of GI-related symptoms for more than six months. Next to the common cold, GI discomfort is the most common reason people seek medical advice or turn to over-the-counter remedies.
We Help Our Clients Overcome Chronic Digestive Distress
The gastrointestinal tract is one of the most sophisticated systems of the human body. We often think of the GI tract for its primary role in digesting and breaking down food, but that is only a small part of a much larger role that the GI tract plays in overall health and disease.
The GI tract is truly the gateway to the rest of the body; if our GI health is compromised, our overall health is compromised. That is why it is so often the best place to start when evaluating treatment strategies.
GI disorders affect more people in the United States than those who suffer from heart disease, AIDS and cancer combined. Over 74% of Americans have lived with some type of GI-related symptoms for more than six months. These illnesses can range from occasional heartburn to severe, terminal illnesses. Next to the common cold, GI discomfort is the most common reason people seek medical advice or turn to over-the-counter remedies.
Here are examples of symptoms and conditions associated with impaired GI function:
Bloating & Gassiness
Stress, Anxiety, Depression
Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis
Health (and Disease) Starts In The Gut
As in most systems of the body, the quality of GI health is highly influenced by lifestyle choices such as diet, physical activity and sleep.
Convenient and inexpensive food choices often contain little nutritional value and promote an increase of toxic burden.
In addition, many people cope with daily stresses by turning to alcohol, tobacco, sugar and caffeine.
Over time, these lifestyle choices impair the basic functions of the GI tract and create an environment for disease development.
Perhaps the most obvious of all its functions, the GI tract is tasked with digesting and absorbing the nutrients within the food and beverages we consume.
Through a complex coordination of enzymes, acids, bile salts, peristaltic action, transporters, and microbial biotransformation, our GI tract must take complex foodstuffs and deconstruct them into macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates, fat) and micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, etc.) that can be transported into the body.
Each step in the processes of digestion is important, as it only requires a deficiency in one or a few micronutrients to lead to a metabolic dysfunction.
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Assessing GI Health Imbalances
Our team has many tools to assess and treat GI dysfunction. One of the popular functional medicine approaches for GI-related conditions is the 5R approach: Remove, Replace, Reinoculate, Repair & Rebalance.
The Remove step restricts toxic, pro-inflammatory and potentially allergic foods from the diet, and eliminates harmful organisms. The traditional approach is to add a prescription medication to the body, but often the best medicine for our GI tract is in elimination and allowing the system to rest.
After the critical Remove step, our team can then help you address the need to Replace with digestive aids, Reinoculate with probiotics, and Repair a damaged GI tract.
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Introducing The Pillars of GI Health Program
The GI tract has core functions, which we call the Pillars of GI Health. The health of the entire gastrointestinal system is built upon these pillars and their interrelationship.
When all pillars are working properly and in harmony with one another, few symptoms are likely to occur. However, when one area is compromised, it places strain upon the other components. It can be difficult to determine which area triggered the downfall, since the relationship between each of these functions is interdependent.
Understanding the role each pillar plays in gastrointestinal health will help us determine the root cause of dysfunction and make appropriate recommendations for you.
The Pillars of GI Health Program provides a specialized lifestyle plan to help you begin the journey of regaining and maintaining optimal GI function.
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Here’s What The Pillars of GI Health Program Includes…
Digestion & Absorption
One of the main functions of the GI tract is to digest food and absorb nutrients from it. Digestion begins in the brain, when we see and smell food. Saliva and gastric juices are released while preparing for the meal, well before the first bite of food. This is why it is so important to spend time preparing our food, as this process plays a major role in healthy digestion. When you eat a meal, your mouth, by chewing, physically breaks down large food pieces into smaller molecules. Once the nutrients have passed the intestinal barrier, they enter the bloodstream and circulate to all your cells and tissues. These nutrients work to maintain organ function, energy production, and the growth and repair of new cells and tissues.
Elimination & Detoxification
Exposure to the air we breathe, the stress we feel and the food we ingest can add up to over 14 pounds of pesticides, herbicides, food additives and preservatives per year for the average American. The liver, together with the GI tract, is responsible for removing these toxins through a process called detoxification. The function of elimination and detoxification involves removing the unusable portions of the food you eat, as well as toxins. It is essential that both be completely eliminated from your body through urine and stool; otherwise, toxins build up and are stored in your tissues. A good measure of the health of the elimination pillar is how often you have bowel movements on a day-to-day basis. Ideally, you should have two to three well-formed bowel movements per day.
The gut microbiome is an ecosystem composed of more than 100 trillion microscopic organisms, with over 500 different strains of beneficial yeast, bacteria and microorganisms that live in the GI tract. It is primarily located in the large intestine, although there are microorganisms housed along the entirety of the GI tract and your entire body. It is one of the most metabolically active systems in your body. These organisms maintain healthy and functional digestion and absorption from the GI tract, protect against pathogens, help to regulate immune function and blood sugar levels, and assist in vitamin production.
The GI tract is one of the body’s largest protective cell layers, serving as a barrier between the internal body and the external world. Its critical function is to allow nutrients into the body, while preventing harmful substances from passing into the bloodstream. Not only does increased intestinal permeability affect the GI tract, but also the immune, nervous and endocrine systems. There can be many causes of increased intestinal permeability, including poor diet, chronic stress, toxin overload, and dysbiosis. The GI tract houses the majority of the immune system in the body—about 80% is closely related to the GI tract and plays an essential role in barrier function. If this selective barrier function is not maintained, a number of harmful substances may enter the body, triggering immune-related responses such as Crohn’s disease, celiac disease and food allergies.
Gut & Brain Function/EQ
Exposure to stress can result in changes of gut-brain function. Combined with a lack of regular eating, sleeping, and exercising, stress may lead to the development of a broad array of gastrointestinal disorders, as well as cause issues in other areas of the body. The major effects of stress on gut health include changes in motility, digestive secretions, intestinal permeability, mucous production, and bacterial diversity. There are several strategies you can do on your own or in partnership with your practitioner to help control stress and its impact on the gut.
To get started, take the quiz and find out the key contributors to gastrointestinal (GI) health… so you can identify the best course of action for recovery of GI function.
GI Program: How It Works
Health is Easy, Disease is Complicated!
A Healthy Gut is key to Easy Health!
It requires Commitment.
It requires Effort.
It’s a Journey that will TRANSFORM YOUR life!
ARE YOU READY?
The GI Pillars program is a comprehensive program to assist you in restoring your health. While the basic program is 6 months in duration, you will see the provider 6 times over a 12 month period. Your first two appointments with the provider are 60 minutes and the subsequent appointments are 30 mins.
The Program Includes:
1. 6 Provider appointments over a 12-month period ($1200)
a. Complete surveys
b. History, physical, assessment and basic plan (60mins) Handouts will be provided to assist your understanding and help guide your healing.
c. Review of labs and full plan (60mins) to include supplements as needed.**
d. Follow-up appointments at 3, 6, 9, and 12 months to assess progress and adjust the plan as needed.
2. 6 months coaching, 22 sessions, 90 min (online & in person) ($1500)
learning about eating for your body, menu planning, cooking skills, mindful eating, resilience skills, mind management, movement for your body, character strengths, values, and so much more. You will have lots of personal growth and lots of HOMEWORK to do. The more you put in, the more you will gain.
3. GI360 test, H. pylori, food sensitivity ($1000)
4. Repeat testing to assess progress ($500)
5. Questionnaires: PHQ9, GAD7, Promis 3x during program
**Blood work as needed (CMP, Insulin, Lipids, A1C) You will be responsible for this, however, we have very competitive cash pay prices.
** Supplements will be recommended. You will receive 20% discount on all supplements.
Health and wellness are about how you live your life, your LIFESTYLE. You will be very successful if you are willing to engage in self exploration and experiment with a variety of ways of being. You are the expert in your life, your health, your wellbeing. CCLM is your guide.
Cash value for this program is $4200. It is being offered for:
Cash Pay Value: $3500. $1000 at first visit and $210 a month for 12 months.
**No insurance accepted at this time. We are looking into Insurance reimbursement for this program, but to date, we cannot bill it to your insurance company.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is The Pillars of GI Health Program Right For Me?
If you’re tired of shuffling from doctor to doctor without ever getting to the root of your chronic health issues, and if you want to optimize your health holistically through sound lifestyle modifications, advanced lab testing and mind-body techniques without unnecessary medications, then our program may just be what you’ve been looking for all along. Just know that it takes a serious commitment to make the lifestyle changes necessary to transform your health once and for all.
What About Supplements & Lab Testing?
As a prospective patient, you may wonder about additional costs not included in our program fee. We know that you’ve likely been to other providers before that may have already run lab tests. That’s why during our comprehensive intake consultation, we will review any existing lab results – so that we can determine if additional, more advanced lab testing is needed to confirm a diagnosis. In terms of supplements, we may recommend certain pharmaceutical-grade supplements for a limited time to support your body’s innate healing process. But long-term, we believe that supplements can’t make up for a poor lifestyle – so our intent is to get you off supplements and unneeded prescription meds as soon as possible.
What Should I Expect From My Free Discovery Call?
During the free discovery call, we’ll determine whether partnering with our team is the best next step for you. We’ll go over any questions you may have about our approach, and how it differs from what you’ve tried before – so you feel comfortable about the journey ahead.
What Should I Expect From The Initial Appointment?
Ahead of the initial paid appointment, you will complete our extensive background history forms so that we can properly review your history and lab results ahead of your appointment. During the appointment, we will together review your completed intake form, medical history, current and past lab tests – as well as any medications taken, so that we can arrive at a baseline assessment of your overall health and nutritional status. If needed, we may decide on more advanced lab tests to confirm (or rule out) a specific diagnosis, so we can create a personalized treatment protocol.
Our team at The Colorado Center for Lifestyle Medicine strives to provide you with the most effective and medically advanced techniques available. We are here for you… to help you finally reach your desired health goals.
When we speak over the phone, we’ll assess whether this program is right for you… and answer any questions you may have. Simply pick a time and date that works best for you!
To get started, simply take the FREE GI Health assessment to discover the key contributors to gastrointestinal (GI) health… so you can identify the best course of action for recovery of GI function.