Gut Health Specialist

Beachside Naturopathic Clinic

Cynthia Preston, ND

Naturopathic Doctor located in Huntington Beach, CA

The digestive system is one of the most important systems in the human body. Cynthia Preston, ND, provides testing and treatment for her patients with symptoms of gut health problems and specializes in digestive disorders, such as Chron's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, in Sunset Beach, California. Patients who are interested in this service should contact Beachside Naturopathic Clinic to make an appointment with Dr. Preston.

Gut Health Q & A

by Cynthia Preston, ND

Why is gut health important?

Without a healthy gut, patients can’t absorb nutrients, filter toxins, and eliminate waste from the body. All of these functions are essential to ongoing wellness. In fact, seemingly unrelated conditions can arise from poor gut health. Once the patient has restored their gut health, the symptoms of these conditions will often disappear.

Some issues that may be related to poor gut health include allergies, inflammation, and malnutrition. Because much of the immune system exists in the digestive tract, poor gut health can make patients more susceptible to autoimmune diseases and infections as well.

What are the most common digestive disorders?

Some of the most common digestive disorders include:

  • Acid reflux
  • Celiac disease
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Diverticulosis or diverticulitis
  • Food allergies
  • Gall bladder disorders
  • Gluten intolerance
  • Hepatitis, liver congestion, or fatty liver
  • Indigestion, gas, and bloating
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Intestinal Dysbiosis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Leaky gut syndrome
  • Pancreatic enzyme insufficiency
  • Ulcers

In many cases, patients with poor gut health will present with more than 1 of these problems.

How does Dr. Preston diagnose gut health problems?

Dr. Preston will often suspect specific gastrointestinal conditions based on the patient’s symptoms and medical history. To confirm her suspicions, she may order specific tests, such as:

  • Organic acid testing
  • Nutrient testing
  • Stool testing
  • Hydrogen breath tests
  • Food intolerance testing

    Based on the results of these tests, she will usually be able to determine the patient’s diagnosis. However, in some cases, more extensive testing may be necessary.

How does Dr. Preston treat digestive problems?

Dr. Preston is trained to help patients deal with digestive issues using simple, safe, and effective herbal remedies. This differs considerably from the way digestive diseases are handled in traditional medicine.

Most traditional doctors focus their efforts on treating the patient’s symptoms.

Dr. Preston focuses on the underlying cause of the symptoms. The goal of treatment isn’t only to alleviate the patient’s symptoms, but also to improve their overall health and wellbeing. The treatment options Dr. Preston offers to patients with digestive problems also have fewer side effects and risks than traditional treatments.