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Gut Microbiome / Immunology

Medical Institute of Healthy Aging

Healthy Aging Medicine Clinic & Alternative Medicine located in Walnut Creek, CA & Napa, CA

The bacteria that live in your gut make up your gut microbiome. This microbiome plays an important role in your immunologic health and balances how certain foods are digested and how nutrients are absorbed, in turn affecting your weight. Paul H. Kim, MD at the Medical Institute of Healthy Aging with locations in San Francisco, Napa, and Walnut Creek, California evaluates your gut microbiome. He helps reduce inflammation and impairment in digestion so you boost immunity, lose weight, and feel better overall. Call the office or book online to learn more about functional immunology.

Gut Microbiome / Immunology

How do I know if something is wrong with my gut microbiome?

Being overweight or obese is an indication that your gut microbiome isn’t functioning optimally. High body fat levels and poor gut microbiome quality causes inflammation that interferes with immunity. It also has the effect of increasing your risk of chronic disease. These include:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Sleep apnea
  • Heart disease
  • Depression
  • Infertility or poor sexual function

At the Medical Institute of Healthy Aging, Dr. Kim is an expert in managing these conditions and guides you through healing your gut and reducing body inflammation. Optimizing your gut microbiome can also help with problems in your gut such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

It’s not just “what you eat” that matters for good gut health — it’s also how you absorb what you eat. An impaired gut microbiome may prevent you from optimally absorbing nutrients, which contributes to weight gain, inflammation, and a lower quality of life.

What is functional immunology?

When conventional approaches to weight loss and good health have failed you, Dr. Kim can help with a functional approach. With functional immunology, he identifies underlying patterns of your body’s dysfunction and pinpoints causes for inflammation. This inflammation is a major cause of feeling poorly, chronic disease, and accelerated aging. In functional immunology, one of the significant theories is that chronic activation of inflammation pathways/cascade can lead to auto inflammation against the body.

The key factors underlying most disease processes include inflammation, autoimmunity, GI issues, food reactions, environmental factors, and infections. Dr. Kim uses concepts in functional immunology to help gain an understanding of which of these problems are standing in the way of your optimal energy and weight loss.

How are issues of gut microbiome resolved?

Dr. Kim uses antioxidant supplementation, nutritional coaching, and IV therapy to help restore your gut microbiome so you feel better, lose weight, and gain energy. He focuses on Th1 and Th2 cells that play an important role in immunity and gut health. These cells produce cytokines and healing factors that are responsible for different types of immunopathological reactions. They help suppress or regulate immune responses. Th1 cells, in particular, are involved in the disease development of organ-specific autoimmune disorders, such as Crohn's disease.

To learn more about how a functional immunological approach can heal your gut microbiome, call the office or book online today.