The GI tract is the part of the body that houses 85% of our immune system and 95% of our neurotransmitters.
At Progressive Medical Center, digestive wellness is key to your care plan!
Our goal is to discover the root cause of chronic illness and the long list of symptoms patients are experiencing. Many times, the answer lies with digestive health, whether the symptoms manifest as digestive issues or elsewhere.
Heal the gut. Heal the body.
Some of the digestive disorders we can diagnose at Progressive that typically demonstrate digestive symptoms:
• Acid Reflux
• Loose stools
• Stomach pain
Non-obvious digestive health issues
Digestive health problems don’t always manifest as digestive disorders. The symptoms can be more along the lines of: feeling sluggish, always tired, irritable, joint pain, brain fog, having trouble remembering things, and feeling moody. We can get to the bottom of these symptoms too, and identify the root cause. The root cause of these is often in the digestive system, so we can test for that.
Advanced Digestive Diagnostic Tests at Progressive
We offer advanced digestive diagnostics that you will not find at a regular doctor’s office and that are difficult to find many other places, yet these tests are critical to understanding digestive health!
1) FOOD SENSITIVITY TESTING
To identify causes of inflammation early, Progressive has developed the most advanced food sensitivity test that exists, in conjunction with the PHD/MD experts at Dunwoody Labs. Unlike conventional allergy tests or food sensitivity tests, this will test for 4 levels of inflammatory markers (vs. others that only test for 1 or 2).
2) LEAKY GUT TEST
“Leaky Gut” is when small particles of food slip through the lining of the digestive system, due to a lack of tight junctures in the gut lining. This can cause inflammation throughout the body and has negative health effects. The test identifies markers that measure leaky gut and allergic inflammation. When these markers are abnormal, risk for diabetes, celiac disease, neurologic conditions, cancers, and anything driven by inflammation increases.
3) GUT BACTERIA
Gut Bacteria Test or GI Microbiota Test measures the healthy (and unhealthy) bacteria levels in the digestive system. Ever wonder why probiotics are such a big deal? This is why.
If the “bad bacteria” overgrow in the gut, it doesn’t allow the “good bacteria” (probiotics) to do their job- namely helping to break down food, helping the body absorb nutrients, and keeping the gut in balance. This Gut Bacteria test determines if the digestive system is optimally absorbing nutrients.
4) H.PYLORI BREATH TEST
The bacteria that causes ulcers. If these bacteria are allowed to run rampant due to low stomach acid, they can wreak havoc on the immune and digestive systems. A simple breath test can be done in less than 20 minutes.
5) SIBO – SMALL INTESTINE BACTERIAL OVERGROWTH
As humans, we absorb over 90 percent of the food we eat. This absorption takes place in the small intestine. Without adequate stomach acid protecting the digestive system from harmful bacteria, fungi, or parasites coming in through food, bacteria can embed in the small intestine and cause a multitude of nutritional deficiencies and other serious health issues.
Progressive Medical Center uses the hydrogen breath test—to measure levels of hydrogen or methane—to determine whether there is a bacterial infection in the small intestine. This test can be done at home and processed at the Center.
Your physician can then create a targeted, SIBO-specific treatment plan for you!
Heartburn can be caused by TOO LITTLE stomach acid, not just too much. That means that the Nexium and Prilosec you’ve been taking to lower your stomach acid may be making the problem WORSE.
To properly determine stomach acid levels, Progressive is proud to be one of the only facilities in America to offer the Gastrogram Test. Progressive practitioners test the actual pH of the stomach and small intestine, to discover how effectively your stomach acid and enzymes are breaking down your food.
Treating your Digestive Health
Areas of treatment we often recommend for digestive health may consist of:
1) REDUCE INFLAMMATION
The fire of chronic digestive inflammation has to be extinguished in order even begin to rejuvenate your intestinal tract.
2) BALANCE STOMACH ACID
Believe it or not most people product too little acid as opposed to too much.
3) REGULAR BOWEL MOVEMENTS
At Progressive we believe we should be having at least 2 bowel movements a day. If you’re not, it is worth assessing your gut health.
4) REMOVE WASTE
Over time our bowels accumulate toxic matter that chronically makes us feel sick and tired. Any digestive rejuvenation program should consist of a digestive cleanse to eliminate a lifetime of neglect to this area.
5) UNCOVER FOOD SENSITIVITIES
Unknown to most of us, some foods are making us chronically sick or at least robbing us of energy. Solution: get tested at our facility and remove these foods from your diet. If now is not a good time, we recommend a 4 week period of no dairy, gluten, soy, peanuts, and eggs. These are the most common foods our bodies develop resistance
Getting Gut Health Under Control
If you are experiencing stomach or digestive issues, or suspect you may have a food sensitivity, call Progressive today to speak with one of our patient care specialists. They will be happy to tell you more about our testing, the program, and our overall care.