Digestive Disorders

Orgasmic Medicine, Inc

Teresa L. Diaz, MD
Functional Medicine & Menopause Specialist located in Sacramento, CA

Digestive disorders could be a sign that something’s not quite right in your gastrointestinal tract, but in most cases these problems are treatable. Functional lifestyle medicine physician Teresa Diaz, MD, of Orgasmic Medicine, Inc. has considerable experience in treating a wide range of digestive disorders and has in-depth knowledge of how to maintain gut health. Dr. Diaz believes that repairing the digestive system is one of the root issues many chronic health problems can be traced back to. Book an appointment with Dr. Diaz by calling the office in Sacramento, California, or use the online scheduling tool.

Digestive Disorders Q & A

What are digestive disorders?

Digestive disorders are diseases affecting your digestive tract, which is also called the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.

When you eat, food gets broken down into macronutrients including proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, and micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals. Your body uses these substances to provide energy and facilitate the chemical reactions your body needs and to maintain all of your bodily functions.

To break down food into all of these other substances, it needs to pass through your digestive tract, which starts when you swallow chewed food. Your GI tract consists of the:

  • Mouth
  • Esophagus
  • Stomach
  • Small intestine
  • Large intestine

These link together to form a passageway through which food travels, getting broken down further and absorbed for use by your body. The liver, pancreas, and gallbladder also play roles in digestion and absorption. When your body finishes extracting everything of value from the food, what’s left passes into your colon and rectum, ready to be expelled as feces.

Any of the parts of your digestive system can develop problems that result in digestive disorders.

What are the symptoms of digestive disorders?

Digestive disorders can cause pain at any point in the GI system and are a common cause of stomach aches. Other symptoms include:

  • Problems swallowing
  • Heartburn
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Weight loss or gain

Many digestive disorders cause only mild symptoms that soon pass, but others can cause severe pain and discomfort.

What kinds of digestive disorders are there?

Common types of digestive disorder include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Food allergies and intolerances
  • Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth
  • Gallstones
  • Pancreatitis
  • Celiac disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Diverticular disease
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

Dr. Diaz can run tests to find out what’s causing your symptoms. Getting an accurate diagnosis is essential to ensure you receive the most appropriate treatment.

How are digestive disorders treated?

Treatment for any digestive disorder varies depending on the cause. For example, a mild case of heartburn or acid reflux may be improved with dietary and lifestyle changes, whereas suspicion of food intolerances may require an elimination diet with careful one-by-one reintroduction to identify offending foods.

Most patients Dr. Diaz sees could benefit from making changes in their diets. Whole foods, including fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats can work wonders for a number of digestive disorders.

Keeping the gut microflora healthy is also vital. Your gut contains billions of friendly bacteria that help with a variety of functions. Research is uncovering more and more ways our gut bacteria affect health, but so far we know they play a role in:

  • Digestion
  • Metabolism
  • Immune function
  • Brain health

These bacteria form the gut “microbiome,” and anything that affects the health of the microbiome can cause a variety of digestive disorders.

To treat your digestive disorder, Dr. Riaz creates an individualized treatment plan based on your symptoms and laboratory analysis. She includes tests that aren’t typical of conventional medicine and aims not to simply address your symptoms, but to look for the underlying cause of your problem.

Learn more about keeping your gut healthy and avoiding digestive disorders by calling Orgasmic Medicine, Inc. or booking an appointment online.