Dr. Rajsree Nambudripad has the unique privilege of a background in both conventional gastroenterology and functional gastroenterology. She understands that a healthy gut is at the core of a healthy body, and even mind. Often inflammation in the gut is a trigger for inflammation elsewhere in the body. In today’s world we are bombarded by stress and inflammatory compounds that can hurt the gut including sugar, alcohol, pesticides, GMO foods, food additives and chemicals, medications, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and overprescription of antibiotics. Long term inflammation in the gut can lead to symptoms of “leaky gut” which allows toxins from the diet to enter the blood stream and cause more systemic symptoms, such as joint pain, brain fog, fatigue, and sometimes even autoimmune disease. The gut microbiome is your “ecosystem” of trillions of bacteria that inhabit your digestive tract. Having a healthy gut microbiome is the cornerstone of having a healthy digestive tract without gas, bloating, heartburn, and with regular daily elimination. Healing and addressing the gut microbiome has tremendous impact on inflammation and overall health.
Dr. Rajsree utilizes advanced functional GI testing to get a comprehensive picture of your gut health. She also finds IgE food allergy testing to be tremendously helpful in guiding diet plans for patients. For patients with chronic bloating, she recommends breath testing for possible small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), which is often an underling cause of IBS. Are you sensitive to gluten, dairy, grains, or lectins? Are you properly digesting your food? Do you have enough pancreatic enzyme production? How healthy is your gut microbiome? Are there any imbalances in the bacterial profile of your gut? Do you have an infection that needs to be addressed like an overgrowth of yeast (Candida), a parasite, or H. pylori?
Dr. Rajsree has a toolkit of protocols to heal each type of gut problem. Within 3-6 months, patients find relief of symptoms and report that not only is their gut feeling better, but other problems in their body have also improved simultaneously! Healing the gut is that powerful.