What are digestive disorders?
Have you experienced the vicious cycles of digestive disorders and are unsure how to heal your digestive tract? At Kotsanis Institute of Functional Medicine in Grapevine, TX, we can illustrate to you how important it is to heal a digestive disorder, starting with proper nutrition. Clinical nutritionist and board-certified otolaryngologist Dr. Constantine Kotsanis is well-versed in digestive disorders and protocols to heal a troubled lining of the digestive tract.
At any point in your life, you could have an unhealthy digestive tract from traditional medications like antibiotics, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, chemotherapy, and antacids. Lifestyle choices — such as excessive consumption of alcohol, eating too much sugar, living with chronic stress, and other detrimental behaviors — can only make your health and digestive disorder worse. Not to mention, you may also have chronic constipation, exposure to a bacterial infection, toxic chemicals, a parasite, a fungal infection, a food intolerance, or various other conditions that may be undiagnosed. The great news is that, for most patients, the intestinal wall is highly regenerative. By giving your digestive tract a break from irritants, it may heal within a few days. However, if you have extensive damage, you will probably need more time to heal. We can help you find solutions through integrative medicine that aims to improve your body’s overall health. Get started with Dr. Kotsanis today!
Do I have signs of a leaky gut?
When you have a leaky gut, not only do oversized, undigested food particles enter the bloodstream but so do bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. When this happens, an alarm goes off in the immune system, which builds antibodies against these foreign molecules. This leads to a vicious cycle of allergic and autoimmune responses. Every time someone with a leaky gut eats something, there is a lot of stress on their body. The longer this leaky gut and incomplete digestion exist, the less the body's systems are able to function correctly. If you suspect that you have a digestive disorder, we recommend that you see a physician.
Symptoms of a digestive disorder
What are the signs of a leaky gut? Issues with digestion — such as excessive gas, bloating, recurrent diarrhea, and irritable bowel syndrome — might be signs of a leaky gut. However, the following might also indicate a digestive disorder:
- Allergies or asthma
- Hormonal imbalances
- Autoimmune disorders: Hashimoto’s, lupus, psoriasis, celiac
- Chronic fatigue
- Depression and anxiety
- Attention-deficit disorder (ADD) or attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Dermatological issues: acne, rosacea, or eczema
- Candida overgrowth/recurrent yeast infections
- Food allergies
What to Expect
Dr. Kotsanis firmly believes that the cornerstone of any health program is adequate and proper nutrition. Because of the important role nutrition plays in your health, energy levels, wellness, and anti-aging process, Dr. Kotsanis will encourage you to begin with a nutritional assessment as a baseline for future treatment recommendations.
Our goal is to ensure that your body gets the necessary fuel needed to function properly. Dr. Kotsanis talk with you privately about your nutritional assessment as it pertains to your current health, eating habits, sleeping routine, lifestyle, level of stress, and more. He may also request some other diagnostic tests (like blood work) to rule out other medical explanations for your symptoms. Then, Dr. Kotsanis can design a program for your digestive disorder and your overall nutritional needs. This highly individualized plan is designed to help naturally fight fatigue, increase energy levels, and improve your overall health through nutrition, elimination of digestive tract irritants, and supplementation.
Let's Heal Your Digestive Issues
Throughout his career, Dr. Kotsanis has helped many patients heal their digestive disorders at Kotsanis Institute of Functional Medicine. He is a leader in the field of clinical nutrition, and he would like to offer his knowledge, experience, and expertise for your digestive issues. Contact our office and schedule an appointment with one of our patient care coordinators in our Grapevine, TX facility.