Gut Health

Recalibrate your gut for good.

The Murthy Clinic approach to Great gut health

The Murthy Clinic approach

Gut health refers to the overall health and function of the gastrointestinal (GI) system, consisting of the stomach, small intestine, large intestine, and colon. The gut plays a vital role in the digestion and absorption of nutrients, the elimination of waste, and the efficient functioning of the immune system. An unhealthy gut can contribute to a wide range of chronic health conditions, including autoimmune disease, metabolic disorders, mental health issues and many more. At The Murthy Clinic, all areas of the body are considered when treating gut health as poor gut health can have far reaching effects on other systems of the body and mind. The approach of Dr Vijay Murthy and his team strives to identify and address the root causes of gut dysfunction leading to the support of overall health and wellbeing.

Major contributing factors to poor gut function include a diet high in processed foods, sugar, refined carbohydrates or low in fibre, chronic stress, long-term antibiotic use, lack of sleep and environmental toxins such as pesticides, herbicides and heavy metals. Long term exposure to, or experience of any of the above can drive gut inflammation and dysbiosis, as well as changes in gut motility and digestive function. Many patients come to The Murthy Clinic struggling with IBS which first and foremost a functional disorder. This means that there are no specific structural or biochemical abnormalities that can be identified through diagnostic testing. Instead the diagnosis is based on a patient's symptoms and the exclusion of other conditions. This can make it difficult to differentiate IBS from other gastrointestinal disorders with similar symptoms, such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or celiac disease.

The symptoms of IBS can vary widely from person to person and can even change within an individual over time. Many of the symptoms of IBS, such as abdominal pain, bloating, and changes in bowel habits, can also be caused by other conditions. This can make it difficult to distinguish IBS from other disorders without performing extensive testing.

There is evidence to suggest that psychological factors, such as stress and anxiety, can contribute to the development and exacerbation of IBS symptoms. However these factors are not always taken into account in the diagnostic process, which can lead to misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis. Overall the diagnosis of IBS can be challenging due to the lack of objective diagnostic criteria and the variability of symptoms. The Murthy Clinic takes a comprehensive approach to diagnosis, including a thorough medical history, physical exam, and appropriate lab testing, as well as the consideration of any psychological factors that may be contributing to symptoms.

The role of Functional Medicine

Rooted in science, Functional Medicine is a 360 degree medical model that strives to get to the root of disease. In combining nutrition, lifestyle and mental health, the ultimate goal is to create a bullet-proof system that functions optimally. Functional Medicine doesn’t define a person by their symptoms. Functional Medicine understands that we are all bio-individual, there is no one-size fits all approach to healing, meaning your treatment path will be specifically tailored to you.

Dr Vijay Murthy

The Murthy Clinic

Harley Street Dr Limited

23 Harley Street