Mental Health Services

Gut Health

  • Leaky Gut
  • Food Allergies
  • Heartburn
  • Indigestion
Gut Health Management

Gut health is about the balance (or imbalance) of healthy bacteria (microbes) in your digestive tract.  There are three very good reasons why you need to maintain a healthy gut:

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First, and maybe most obvious, a healthy gut is needed to break down the foods that you eat, in order for their nutritional qualities to be absorbed properly. Why eat healthy foods if you are not able to get the full benefit of them because you are not able to properly break down your food?

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Secondly, a healthy gut contains important “good bacteria” that are important in fighting off “bad bacteria” and viruses. Up to 80% of the cells you need for your immune system lives in your gut. A healthy gut leads to a healthy immune system!

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Finally, the Gut-Brain-Axis. There has been a lot of focus on the two-way relationship between your brain and your gut. An imbalance of gut microbes could lead to decreased mental clarity, behavioral concerns, depression, anxiety, and mental fatigue.

You might be surprised to know that skin rashes, weight changes, sleep disturbances, and so much more can be the result of an imbalance in your gut.  Have you been living with symptoms for too long?  Now is the time to let us help you!

Brooke Fields

MSPAS, PA-C, Chief Medical Director LEAP Integrated Health

Leaky Gut

The protective walls of your digestive tract are very important.  Foods are broken down into nutrients in your gut and need to pass through the protective barrier into your bloodstream.  However, if the walls of your gut are too “leaky,” then harmful bacteria and toxins can enter your bloodstream as well.

Symptoms of leaky gut include:

  • Chronic bloating/gas, nausea, diarrhea, constipation
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Joint pain
  • Decreased immune system/chronic infections
  • Inflammation
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Decreased mental clarity/brain fog
  • Skin rashes, eczema
  • Headaches, etc

Part of our work-up at LEAP includes testing for food sensitivities and intolerances as a likely culprit for these symptoms.

Food Allergies, Sensitivities & Intolerances

Food allergies, intolerances, and sensitivities do not only cause respiratory distress (anaphylaxis), as historically thought. Oftentimes, patients present with other vague, yet chronic, symptoms that can trigger our providers to investigate food sources as a potential cause. We are here to help you get to the bottom of your health concerns and formulate a comprehensive plan to help you improve your overall health.

Brooke and Rachel have worked with several laboratories and will help you select the sensitivity testing that best fits your needs.

Heartburn & Indigestion

Heartburn and indigestion are extremely common in America and can lead to impaired sleep and decreased quality of life.  Contributing factors include prescription medications, food sensitivities, poor diet, being overweight, pregnancy, and smoking.

What You Need to Know About Your Appointment

Our providers can provide Gut Health management tools that fit your lifestyle. 

What can you expect during your appointment?
  • A 60-minute or 30-minute unrushed visit
  • A warm, welcoming environment
  • Active listening
  • A two-way conversation about your healthcare goals
  • A personalized healthcare plan

Please Have Handy:

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A List of Your Medicines

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Family Medical History

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Your Medical History

Leap Medical Office

Integrated Healthcare that Focuses on Preventative Medicine and Healing

(703) 544-7145

info@leapih.com

15 Loudoun Street SW Leesburg, VA 20175