Often called the “second brain,” our gut is a crucial and complex system that can negatively affect our physical and mental health when compromised.

Have you ever “gone with your gut” when making an important decision or gotten “butterflies” in your stomach when nervous? Those signals are coming from your “second brain:” your gut.

Comprised of the largest collection of neurons outside of the brain, the gut is central to our wellbeing. Aside from its critical role in digestion, it controls everything from weight and mood to brain health, inflammation, and immune function. Our gut even produces 90 percent of our “happy hormone,” serotonin.

When the gut is inflamed, it can cause extreme discomfort and even serious disease. If you suffer from anxiety, fatigue, joint or back pain, painful gas and bloating nausea, or rashes, your symptoms may be traced back to gut health.

Along with other effective testing methods, our patients benefit from access to the Heidelberg pH diagnostic system, a non-invasive, in-office test that can quickly and accurately determine stomach acid levels and help diagnose associated conditions.

Dr. Burns understands that gut issues can be uncomfortable, embarrassing, unpredictable, frustrating—and even scary. With the goal of restoring your good health, she can help identify and manage your condition, which may be one of the following:

  • Acid reflux
  • Celiac disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • H. pylori
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Leaky gut