Symptoms such as gas, bloating, cramping, indigestion, loose stools or constipation are often signs that something is out of balance. The GI tract is a complex organ responsible for digestion, absorption of nutrients, the production of vital hormones, neurotransmitters, nutrients and genetic material, and it is a selective barrier to protect the body from toxins. The gut is home to trillions of microbes (the microbiome), diverse organisms that indirectly help manage nearly every bodily function and are in constant communication. Our individual microbiomes are sometimes called our “genetic footprints” since they help determine our unique DNA, hereditary factors, predisposition to diseases, body type or body “set point weight,” and much more. Some research shows up to 90 percent of all diseases can be traced in some way back to the gut and health of the microbiome. Poor gut health can lead to leaky gut syndrome and microbiome imbalance. Identifying possible sources of GI symptoms and healing the gut can improve other symptoms such as insomnia, achy joints, depression, fatigue, autoimmune disorders, food sensitivities, hormone imbalances or the inability to lose or gain weight. Let’s figure out what is causing your GI symptoms and heal your gut.