Good digestive health is crucial to your overall health and well-being. David Chang, ND, LAC, knows that digestive problems are often the first sign of another health concern. At his office in Portland, Oregon, Dr. Chang can test and treat a number of conditions related to digestive health, from food sensitivity to a leaky gut. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Chang, call the office or book an appointment online.
Your digestive system breaks down nutrients that your body can absorb and use for energy, cell repair, and growth. When your digestive health is out of alignment, this process stops functioning properly, making it difficult for your body to absorb and use carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals.
Because digestive symptoms like gas, bloating, and diarrhea often fluctuate, many patients don’t realize they’re experiencing digestive health problems until their condition has advanced.
Some of the most common digestive symptoms to watch out for include:
Depending on your condition, general fatigue, depression, or even acne can accompany digestive problems.
Dr. Chang diagnoses and treats a number of digestive health conditions at his office, such as:
Also called increased intestinal permeability, leaky gut is a digestive condition in which bacteria and other toxins begin penetrating the intestinal wall, which can allow them to enter the bloodstream.
Food allergies are the body’s immune response to a certain food. For example, if you have a peanut allergy, you may suffer from severe reactions like anaphylaxis or hives when in contact with food that contains peanuts. Those with severe food allergies typically know about their reactions and carry an EpiPen® as a preventive measure.
Food sensitivity is more difficult to recognize and diagnose than an allergy. If you have a food sensitivity problem, such as gluten sensitivity or fructose sensitivity, your symptoms can be delayed for days after consumption. You may feel lethargic, bloated, gassy, or struggle to concentrate. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, Dr. Chang can run a food sensitivity test and create a treatment plan that works for you.
The presence of an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine characterizes SIBO. It can cause severe diarrhea, weight loss, nutritional deficiencies, and malabsorption.
Candida overgrowth occurs when you have too much yeast in your digestive system. This often leads to bloating, diarrhea, and chronic fatigue.
There is often a link between food allergies and sensitivities to enzyme deficiencies. This means your body doesn’t produce enough of a certain enzyme to properly break down and absorb nutrients.
It is also possible for a parasite to cause digestive health issues.
Dr. Chang analyzes your medical history, performs a physical exam, and discusses your symptoms before ordering the appropriate testing and recommending the right treatments for your digestive health.
To talk to David Chang, ND, LAC, about your digestive health, call the office or book an appointment online.