GI Distress and Leaky Gut in Fairlawn, OH

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What Are GI Distress and Leaky Gut?

Gastrointestinal (GI) distress refers to a range of symptoms that affect the digestive system and may be acute (appear suddenly) or chronic (long-term). Common symptoms of GI distress are bloating, abdominal cramps, excessive gas, diarrhea, constipation, and bloody stools. Leaky gut syndrome encompasses similar symptoms and is a condition where the intestinal lining of the stomach becomes damaged and more permeable, allowing harmful bacteria and undigested food to enter your bloodstream. If you are experiencing sudden stomach discomfort or constant GI problems, we invite you to schedule a consult with board-certified family physician Dr. Leslee McElrath at Monarch Ideal Care in Fairlawn, OH so she can put together a custom treatment plan to bring you relief.

How are GI Distress and Leaky Gut Treated?

At your consultation in our Fairlawn, OH office, Dr. McElrath will ask you about your symptoms, review your medical history, and may perform a physical exam by pressing on your stomach to check for pain or to feel for any abnormalities. She may also order blood work, stool tests, and/or diagnostic imaging so she can provide an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Dr. McElrath may recommend dietary supplements to promote the growth of good bacteria, such as probiotics and prebiotics, which can help heal numerous gastrointestinal issues, including leaky gut. She will also provide nutritional guidance so you can start making the necessary changes to your diet that may reduce inflammation, lessen your symptoms, and support gut health.

I have been seeing Dr. Leslee as a patient for a few months now. She’s great, she listens to my concerns with a professional, but relaxed approach. I will continue to refer patients to her because her bedside manner and knowledge set her apart.

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Dr. McElrath is the epitome of a patient focused physician. She always makes me feel heard and extremely comfortable no matter why I'm in the office. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a new physician.

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Dr McElrath has set the standard all Doctors should strive in patient care. Bedside manner and benevolence in her astute care of myself and wife has been above the board. Patience and LISTENING are the first I recognized in her presence. Extremely knowledgeable in down to earth way. And she handled me being silly quite excellently. 🙃 Dr McElrath we are so grateful. Humbly Gallaghers

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I will definitely be returning, I had a pleasant experience staff are friendly and informative, the hormones really gave me the boost that I needed, I would like to see more advertisements about hormone replacement therapy so that woman can start having conversations about hormones and age related changes without feeling embarrassed.

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Dr. McElrath has created a wonderful way of getting to know you as a person, not just a “patient”. She is eager to share with you a wealth of knowledge and guidance through individualized health coaching sessions; according to your personal needs. I loved working with her though this program because our sessions were not solely about “food” and “diet”. While nutrition is an important component in the topic of overall health and wellness, it is not the only focus throughout your time together. She has a strategic way of encouraging you to think outside the box, try new things, prioritize/create goals, and provides a professional outsider’s perspective on issues that she feels might be holding you back, emotionally, from becoming your best self. I specifically appreciated the user friendly patient portal and access to other wellness literature specific to my goals set for the next session. I would highly recommend her to anyone who is willing to make a commitment towards a healthier lifestyle and personal growth.

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Heal Your Gut

If you are tired of having crippling stomach pain and other uncomfortable symptoms, it may be time to seek treatment at Monarch Ideal Care. Board-certified family physician Dr. Leslee McElrath will work with you to find the source of your gastrointestinal distress and determine if you have leaky gut syndrome. Schedule an appointment with her in Fairlawn, OH today to let her guide you toward improved gut health and overall well-being.

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How can I maintain good digestive health?

Maintaining good digestive health involves eating a balanced diet rich in fiber, staying hydrated, managing stress, getting regular exercise, and avoiding excessive consumption of alcohol and tobacco.

Can digestive disorders affect mental health?

Yes, there is a strong connection between the gut and the brain, often referred to as the gut-brain axis. Disorders like IBS have been associated with anxiety and depression, and improving digestive health can sometimes lead to improvements in mental well-being.

When should I see a doctor for digestive issues?

It's advisable to see a member of our team at Monarch Ideal Care if you experience persistent or severe digestive symptoms, such as chronic abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss, blood in stool, or changes in bowel habits.

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