Gut Health

Functional Medicine Coach Inver Grove Heights MN Woman Holding Stomach

Your Digestive System:

The “Second Brain” in your body.

Your gut health may be the root cause of your health problems. The digestive system starts at your mouth and goes all the way through to your poop. The mouth has a microbiome and sensory nerves that helps digestion, down your esophagus into your stomach, and then your intestines. It also includes your liver, gallbladder for bile, and pancreas for digestive enzymes.

How Dr. Ryan Helps with Gut Health:

The fundamental difference of gut “specialists” like Dr. Ryan compared to gastroenterologist that help people with the digestive system.

Dr. Ryan helps people with gut health by looking at information from Functional Medicine Labs like the GI MAP that is a Poop/Stool sample which is a comprehensive microbiome testing 83 different bad and good bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungus/yeast, worms, and many other digestive health markers. As well as Food Allergies and Food Sensitivities testing from a finger prick blood sample that tests over 300 different food that make up 95% of most people diets. From these types of tests, he will review the results with you thoroughly, and what they indicate is going on in your body and help determine the best strategies to unlock and restore your health and vitality naturally through means of herbal or nutritional supplementation, whole-foods, lifestyle and bio-hacks. His principle driving philosophy is to unlock the health inside of you!

“A gastroenterologist is a medical doctor specialist in gastrointestinal diseases. Gastroenterologists treat all the organs in your digestive system, including your GI tract (esophagus, stomach and intestines) and biliary organs (your liver, bile ducts, pancreas and gallbladder.) An excerpt from the Clevland Clinic website.

Common Symptoms & Struggles related to Digestion:

Acid Reflux aka Heartburn, Bloating, Gas, Indigestion, Constipation and diarrhea, abdominal pain or stomach pain, irritable bowel symptoms, ulcers, food sensitivities and allergies.
Conditions like SIBO, Parasites, Candida/Yeast, Bacterial Infections, H. Pylori Stomach Infections, Stomach Ulcers, Ulcerative Colitis, Chrones Disease, and skin issues like eczema and acne.

The domino effect of Gut Health & Hidden Gut Infections on other Systems in your body:

  • Gut health can impact your immune system, by triggering antibody responses and inflammation. 80% of our immune system comes from gut health. Chronic gut infections can lead to autoimmune diseases.
  • Gut health can impact your brain health, and entire body from something called leaky gut… chronic gut infections can deteriorate our gut linings and allow toxic matter to LEAK into our bloodstream. A major root cause problem for many people leading to anxiety and depression symptoms, cognitive decline, and neurological disorders even MS and Parkinsons.
  • Gut health can impact your cortisol levels, adrenal gland health, and fight or flight nervous system issues.
  • Gut health can impact your sex hormone levels, including testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone. In fact, if this is the case we often must start fixing gut health root causes before we can start to improve hormone issues and balance.
  • Gut health can impact your skin, causing eczema, acne problems, and other skin conditions.

Dr. Ryan utilizes telehealth to work with clients all over the country. If you live in the United States and are interested in working with Dr. Ryan please reach out.

If you live in MN, near the Twin Cities area, Dr. Ryan currently has a functional medicine clinic in Inver Grove Heights MN, and has in-person consultation times available.