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Gut Health Specialist

Yeral Patel, MD -  - Anti-Aging and Functional Medicine

Perfect YOUth

Yeral Patel, MD

Anti-Aging and Functional Medicine & Family Physician located in Newport Beach, CA

Your gut health has more bearings on your overall well-being than you might think. At Perfect YOUth in Newport Beach, California, Yeral Patel, MD, evaluates your gut health and prescribes supplements and dietary changes to improve your mood, immunity, and symptoms linked to an imbalanced gut microbiome. To start optimizing your gut health, call Perfect YOUth or book your appointment online today.

Gut Health Q & A

Why is gut health so important?

A healthy gut allows you to fully digest your food and derive all of the nutrients from it before turning it into waste. However, experts are finding that your gut health is much more interlinked to your overall well-being than was once thought. 

The microorganisms present in your gut, including bacteria, fungi, and viruses, are together known as your microbiome. A healthy microbiome not only helps you digest, but it also produces certain essential vitamins and plays a vital role in protecting your body from many aggressive invaders. 

What symptoms are associated with poor gut health?

Poor gut health has an impact on many parts of your body. Your poor gut health could lead to:

  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Food intolerances
  • Joint pain
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Irritable skin conditions like eczema
  • Acne
  • Behavior and emotional issues, such as anxiety and depression
  • Autoimmune conditions

It isn’t always easy to link some of these symptoms to gut health. If you visit Perfect YOUth with several of these issues, Dr. Patel uses gut health diagnostic testing to figure out if you have an imbalance.

How are issues with my gut health diagnosed?

If Dr. Patel suspects that you have poor gut health, she takes a sample of your stool to assess its composition. She also assesses your four pillars of gut balance:

  • Digestive patterns
  • Mood
  • Eating habits
  • Energy levels

If she sees irregularities in how you eat, symptoms of your digestive system, or mood fluctuations, they help indicate an issue that needs further examination. 

How can I improve my gut health?

If your gut health is out of order, Dr. Patel suggests or prescribes several treatments and lifestyle changes to help balance the microbiome. She helps you form a nutritional plan that works to your advantage, and may recommend or prescribe supplements, like probiotics, to enhance the health of your microbiome.

After acknowledging and improving your gut health, you may see fewer breakouts of acne, higher energy throughout the day, better sleep, and other benefits.

Additionally, your gut health could benefit from better sleep, more exercise, and other lifestyle changes. If Dr. Patel sees that they’re a fit for your situation, she recommends them accordingly.

Imbalanced gut health causes more than simple digestive issues. It could impact your mood, sleep, and immunity. To optimize your overall health by improving your gut health, call Perfect YOUth or book a consultation online today.