SIBO stands for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, increasingly becoming more and more common in our population her in US.
Most people get misdiagnosed as having IBS or GERD since the symptoms can overlap so much
The main underlying problem in SIBO is the gut motility and the most common symptom is bloating. Bloating is more common after eating a high carbohydrate or high fiber meal. This is because the bacteria in small intestine metabolize the carbs and produce methane and hydrogen gases.
A lot of people also have fatigue with it.
SIBO can be a sign of underlying immune system dysfunction.
The conventional treatment of SIBO is antibiotics . Its important to seek a functional medicine doctor to get to the underlying cause of recurrent or refractory SIBO.
ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed Psychiatric condition in children.
The common symptoms are short attention span, inability to focus. being careless, being impulsive, difficulty waiting in line,hyperactivity and inability to finish tasks on time.
The treatment of ADHD conventionally is Stimulants, Psychotherapy and counseling. Some children don’t respond well to medications and may develop side effects due to medications. These kids may benefit from Functional Approaches to management of ADHD
The functional medicine approach looks at the triggers and root causes of ADHD like impaired digestion,nutritional deficiencies, environmental toxins, Fatty acid imbalances, sensitivities to food additives and possible infections. New research is coming out to tell us that nutritional deficiencies could lead to symptoms like ADHD.
Autoimmune diseases on the rise specially in women, 3 times more than men, and are one of the top 10 causes of death in patients younger than 65.
Autoimmune diseases tend to cluster in families. Autoimmunity is the underlying cause of about 100 serious and chronic illnesses. Some of the common autoimmune diseases are Hashimotos thyroiditis, Graves disease, lupus and many more.
Is there a prevention for autoimmune diseases? What triggers these autoimmune diseases and why they are on the rise in today’s society?
Nutrition is an essential element in maintaining good health. Making the best choices while at work, at home or when shopping and preparing meals can be challenging. Experimenting with changes in your own nutrition can be good training for helping your family and your patients learn to implement these similar changes in their busy lives.
We encourage you to prioritize healthy nutrition, as part of your self-care.
The reality is that food is the best medicine. Through healthy foods we can modify the course of certain diseases and prevent long term complications.
There are several healthy dietary patterns that can be adopted by the patients however the Anti-inflammatory diet has been the most popular dietary pattern.
The anti-inflammatory diet is an eating pattern that combines healthy components of traditional Mediterranean and Asian dietary patterns to maximize the healing potential of the foods included (Willcox, 2014). This diet offers foods associated with good health and longevity. The philosophical basis for the anti-inflammatory diet is the increase of beneficial anti-inflammatory foods and reduction of pro-inflammatory foods. This idea supports the growing evidence base that some of the dietary components found in foods, such as fruits, berries, vegetables, nuts, whole grain, and foods of marine origin – among others, can play an important role in attenuating and mitigating physiologic processes associated with chronic diseases (Wu, 2012; Si, 2014). Compelling research has demonstrated that a healthy anti-inflammatory diet is protective against pro-inflammatory illnesses such as heart disease, arthritis, obesity, and depression. Creating healthy eating habits in the pediatric population is a strong focus in pediatrics and offers an important opportunity to introduce the anti-inflammatory diet pattern, a critical foundation for prevention of long-term disease (Funtikova, 2015). Evidence suggests that early exposure to a healthy diet leads to a healthier diet throughout life.
( Source: University of Arizona center for Integrative Medicine ) https://integrativemedicine.arizona.edu/online_courses/anti_inflammatory.html