Rajsree Nambudripad, MD 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. Her expertise is in treating common symptoms like IBS, heartburn, constipation, loose stools, gas/bloating, and abdominal pain by correcting the root cause.
Our gut lining is the gateway to our immune system. 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 increased gut permeability, also known as “leaky gut.” This allow toxins from the diet to enter the blood stream and cause systemic inflammatory 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. The bacteria metabolize the food you ingest into bioactive substances that impact your health. Having a healthy gut microbiome is the cornerstone of having a healthy digestive tract without gas, bloating, heartburn, and with regular daily elimination. Research shows that our gut microbiome has a significant impact on our metabolism, weight, hormonal health, immune system, and even mood! Healing and addressing the gut microbiome has tremendous impact on inflammation and overall health.
Did you know that many important neurotransmitters (brain chemicals like serotonin and dopamine) are actually made in the gut? Our gut is our “second brain” and research is evolving on the gut-brain axis. Correcting gut imbalances often helps correct mood symptoms like anxiety and depression.
Dr. Rajsree starts with a thorough history reviewing your symptoms and dietary patterns. She often 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. To learn more about her approach to SIBO, click here.
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? Do you know your food allergies? 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 formulated specific protocols to heal each type of gut problem. She provides guidance on diet, fiber, probiotics, prebiotics and other natural supplements to help heal gut imbalances. 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.
Click here to read Dr. Rajsree’ guide to Fiber.