Gut Health Specialist

Meeting Point -  - Integrative Medicine

Meeting Point

Integrative Medicine located in Philadelphia, PA

When talking about gut health, most folks think of problems with the digestive tract, but with advances in medical science, it has expanded to include the bacteria living in your gut (your microbiome). Dr. Steve Matta, DO, MBA, CAQSM, and Mary Anne Matta, MS, MA, LAC, at Meeting Point in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, stand out in this emerging field. The team at Meeting Point has extensive knowledge in the field of digestive health and understand the specialized tests and treatments needed to maintain a healthy gut. If you have questions about your gut health, don’t hesitate to call the Meeting Point office for more information, or schedule a consultation by requesting an appointment online today.

Gut Health Q & A

Why is gut health important?

You depend on one part of your gut, the small intestine, to absorb most of the nutrients in your food. And while that’s a vital task, there are more organs at play. Your gut health requires an intricate synergy between your eyes, mouth, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver, gallbladder, small intestine, and colon. All your organs must work together to properly break down food and mobilize nutrients into your body while flushing toxins out of your body. The health of your gut determines your immunity, your mental health, your energy levels, your metabolism, and more. 

One of the most important parts of your gut exists in your large intestine. Your gut houses trillions of microorganisms, collectively called the gut microbiome. Your microbiome includes up to 1,000 different types of bacteria, and each type has a unique role in your body. New research connects particular bacterial strains to specific diseases and imbalance.

Some of the bacteria are pathogenic if overgrown and can make you feel bloated, nauseous, and constipated. This imbalance can happen when some “bad” bacteria crowd out good bacteria, which typically keep the bad ones under control. The good bacteria are also vital for your health. This is true in conditions such as SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth) where bacteria in the large intestine overgrow in the small intestine.

How do gut bacteria promote my health?

The types of bacteria in your gut have a significant influence on many aspects of your health. People with certain diseases, such as Type 1 Diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease, have a different and less diverse microbiome compared with healthy people.

Good gut bacteria:

  • Break down complex carbohydrates and ferment fibers
  • Produce short-chain fatty acids that support intestinal health
  • Communicate with immune cells, controlling how your body fights infection
  • Produce 90% of the neurotransmitter serotonin
  • Affect fat storage, metabolism, and response to hunger-regulating hormones
  • Prevent disease-causing bacteria from taking hold in your gut

Your health undergoes changes along with fluctuations in your gut bacteria. When the composition of bacteria changes and you don’t have enough good bacteria, you develop systemic inflammation, hormone imbalances, autoimmune disease, and unexplained aches and pains.

What kinds of diseases can occur in the gut?

Some examples of digestive problems are:

  • Crohns
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • IBS
  • Reflux
  • SIBO
  • Gastroparesis
  • Dysmotility
  • Dysbiosis
  • Maldigestion
  • H. Pylori
  • Diverticulitis

What symptoms indicate my gut is in poor health?

Signs of gut problems usually appear as:

  • Gas and bloating
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Heartburn
  • Skin rashes
  • Migraine
  • Sinus problems
  • Allergies
  • Food intolerance
  • Weight gain or weight loss

If you have any of these symptoms and you have been dealing with them chronically, call Meeting Point for a thorough gut analysis. 

How is poor gut health treated?

The team at Meeting Point makes an advanced analysis of your nutritional markers, hormones, gut health, and detoxification pathways. We will also run an analysis of your stool, urine, blood, and saliva, depending on what you need.

Once we determine the state of your gut health and any underlying conditions, we create an individualized protocol. Your treatment may include a medicinal nutrition plan, herbal therapy supplementation, and abdominal acupuncture and cupping therapy.

We are excited to meet you! Call the office or request an appointment online today.

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