In a previous blog post, we focused on “Food as Medicine.” This month, we’d like to discuss the importance of ensuring good gastrointestinal health as an essential element to overall men’s health. It is not uncommon that poor gastrointestinal function may act as a significant limitation to health, providing unpleasant symptoms and limiting proper absorption of macronutrients, essential vitamins, and minerals. If there is an underlying gastrointestinal issue, it will result in a diminishing effect of nutritional intake.
If you are experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms, such as acid reflux (heartburn), excessive burping, or a sense of fullness after eating, your upper GI is likely out of balance and may be limiting digestion and absorption. Gastric reflux symptoms can provide significant discomfort and limit your overall quality of life, so if you have been experiencing these symptoms, take the time to seek medical guidance and explore options for addressing the underlying issue. This may result in the need for prescription medications, digestive supplements, or experimenting with nutritional changes—or a combination of all three.
Furthermore, symptoms of lower gastrointestinal issues include abdominal distention, patterns of constipation, diarrhea, or intestinal bloating or gas, which may be a sign that your lower GI is also out balance. If this is the case, you’ll want to pursue medical help. Often times, proper evaluation and support of the lower GI can result in dramatic improvements or resolution.
Central to any gastrointestinal symptoms or dysfunction is to take the time to discuss your symptoms or concerns with a knowledgeable men’s health provider. This will provide the opportunity to take appropriate steps to treat and make proper lifestyle and behavioral changes geared toward seeking symptom improvement and working toward resolution.
At EveresT, in line with our nutritional guidance and primary care services, we hope to be a resource for you to discuss and seek solutions to any signs or symptoms of gastrointestinal dysfunction. Schedule an appointment today at either of our men’s health clinics in Woodbury or Plymouth, and let our male health experts work with you and design an individual treatment plan for optimal benefits.
Remember, helping you conquer your gastrointestinal symptoms is just one more step toward helping you achieve your best energy and long-term health!