Gastrointestinal issues effectively treated by Naturopathic Medicine:
- Gas and bloating
- Celiac disease
- Food allergies
- Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) – Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease – GERD (heart burn, indigestion, reflux)
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Candida overgrowth or dysbiosis
- SIBO – small intestinal bowel overgrowth
Food Allergy & Food Sensitivity Testing
Food allergies can cause digestive problems as well as systemic symptoms like fatigue, acne, psoriasis, and aches and pains. Dr. Katie uses blood testing to evaluate IgG and IgE food allergies. IgE allergies are commonly tested by allergists and can cause symptoms such as facial swelling, airway obstruction, and hives. IgG food allergies on the other hand cause a delayed reaction. Symptoms may not occur for up to 72 hours after ingesting a food allergen. This delay makes it very difficult to pinpoint a specific food allergy which is why Dr. Katie offers food allergy testing at her Edina and Woodbury locations. Food allergy testing can also be used to evaluate leaky guy syndrome. Dr. Katie provides a complete diet plan and natural treatments for a successful reintroduction phase.
Stool Analysis Testing
Many of our digestive issues stem from dysbiotic intestinal flora. We all have important bacteria in our gut that keeps us healthy, prevents illness, aids in the digestion and absorption of important nutrients, and maintains a healthy gastrointestinal tract. The insults of our diet, medications, environmental toxins, and food allergies can greatly impact the health of our intestinal tract leading to a variety of symptoms and conditions. Stool analysis testing gives the clues Dr. Katie needs to uncover the cause of your digestive problems. Dr. Katie often discovers an imbalance of bacteria in the gut or an overgrowth of yeast (oftentimes candida). Stool analysis testing can also evaluate your ability to digest your food and absorb the nutrients effectively.
Breath tests are used to diagnose SIBO, fructose intolerance, and lactose intolerance. Breath testing can be completed in the comfort of your own home.
Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition of the intestine where the immune system reacts to the gluten proteins found in food. Gluten is a protein found naturally in wheat, but is also used in numerous other products. Celiac disease can result in significant damage to your intestinal tract if a proper gluten-free diet is not strictly followed. Studies have shown higher rates of celiac disease in those with autism and infertility. Celiac disease also causes delayed growth in children. Improvement with the removal of gluten and blood testing can help with the diagnosis of celiac disease. However, a small intestinal biopsy is the gold standard for diagnosing. Dr. Katie can diagnose celiac disease, implement dietary changes, and improve your digestion. Click here and here for more information.