Gut Issues

Functional Medicine for Gut Issues in Portland

Portland is known as a foodie city. We pride ourselves on our farm-to-table brunches and diverse cuisine. But despite this sophisticated diet, many of us still suffer from gut issues.

Sometimes, we don’t always maintain the best diets. Sometimes our gut health is affected by factors entirely outside of what we eat. If you’re suffering from gut health symptoms, then it’s time for a holistic approach. It’s time to try Dr. Hudson’s functional medicine wellness plans.

As a patient, you’ll be guided by Dr. Hudson every step of the way. From initial testing to annual adjustments, she will empower you to take control of your gut health. You may not even know you have a gut issue – that’s OK. The goal of functional medicine is to uncover the root cause of your gut symptoms. So say goodbye to bloating, fatigue, brain fog, and more.

Get started with Portland functional medicine today.

“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Getting to the Root Cause of Gut Health

The gut is a marvelously complex system, responsible for not only digestion but also playing a significant role in overall well-being. It is often said that the gut is the body's second brain and for a good reason!

The gut-brain axis constantly communicates with your central nervous system. There’s a reason why “gut feeling” is such a common phrase. Your gut is actually alerting your body to outside stimuli! This connection means that gut health can have a profound impact on mental and emotional well-being, and conversely, mental health can influence the gut.

When you visit us for Portland functional medicine, we will do a deep dive to figure out what’s causing your symptoms. Here are a few common culprits behind gut issues.

Microbiome Imbalance

At the heart of gut health lies the microbiome, an intricate ecosystem of trillions of microorganisms residing in the digestive tract. These microorganisms include bacteria, viruses, fungi, and more. A balanced and diverse microbiome is essential for proper digestion, nutrient absorption, and even immune function.

Poor Diet

What we eat directly influences the composition and health of our gut microbiome. A functional medicine diet rich in fiber, prebiotics, and probiotics can promote a healthy gut environment, while a diet high in processed foods, sugar, and unhealthy fats can disrupt it.


Chronic stress can wreak havoc on the gut. It can lead to inflammation, alter the gut microbiota, and exacerbate digestive issues. The gut-brain axis plays a significant role here, as emotional stress can manifest physically in the gut.


Inflammation in the gut is a common underlying factor in many gut issues, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. Chronic inflammation can damage the gut lining and impair its function. Functional medicine will target your gut inflammation

Food Sensitivities and Allergies

Some individuals may be intolerant or allergic to certain foods, causing gastrointestinal symptoms. Identifying and eliminating these trigger foods is crucial for gut health.

"If you don’t make time for your wellness, you will be forced to make time for your illness.”

- Dr. Tanya Hudson

The Connection Between Anxiety and Gut Health

Dr. Tanya Hudson has spent her career specializing in anxiety. As it turns out, anxiety is both a cause and effect of many health conditions. When you work with her, your wellness plan will target stress, anxiety, and depression in an attempt to regulate gut function.

One of the most intriguing aspects of gut health is its intimate connection to mental health, particularly anxiety. Research has shown that a dysfunctional gut can contribute to anxiety disorders, and conversely, chronic anxiety can exacerbate gut problems. This interplay highlights the significance of addressing both mental and gut health for comprehensive well-being.

Anxiety can trigger gut symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal pain through the gut-brain axis. Additionally, the microbiome's composition can influence mood and anxiety levels, making it a key player in mental health. Is this new information to you? Get ready to learn so much more about the gut!

“Take moments of quiet time to be still and focus on your physical and mental health.”

Functional Medicine: A Holistic Approach to Gut Health

For those seeking relief from gut issues in Portland, functional medicine offers a holistic and patient-centered approach that goes beyond mere symptom management. Here are five ways in which our services can help improve gut health. Remember, each of these elements may be incorporated into your unique wellness plan in some shape or form. No one-size-fits-all solutions here!

Dietary Guidance

Functional medicine doctors assess an individual's diet and provide personalized dietary recommendations. They emphasize whole, nutrient-dense foods and can help identify and address food sensitivities or allergies.

Herbal Remedies

Dr. Hudson often uses herbal remedies to soothe and heal the gut lining, reduce inflammation, and rebalance the microbiome. Herbs like licorice, marshmallow root, and aloe vera can be beneficial.

Probiotics and Prebiotics

Functional medicine doctors may recommend specific probiotic and prebiotic supplements to support a healthy gut microbiome. These supplements can help restore balance to the gut ecosystem.

Stress Management

Functional medicine doctors recognize the importance of managing stress for overall health. They employ techniques such as mindfulness, meditation, and relaxation exercises to reduce stress and its impact on the gut.

Lifestyle Modifications

Holistic wellness encourages lifestyle changes that promote gut health. This includes regular exercise, adequate sleep, and techniques to improve digestion, such as mindful eating and proper chewing.

“Every small step forward is momentum, taking you to the top of the mountain, where you feel strong, healthy, alive, and truly YOU.”

- Dr. Tanya Hudson

Become a New Patient to Experience Functional Medicine for Gut Issues in Portland

If you're seeking relief from gut issues in Portland and are intrigued by the holistic approach of functional medicine, we invite you to become a new patient at our clinic!

Dr. Hudson is dedicated to addressing the root causes of your gut problems and providing personalized care that takes into account your unique needs and circumstances. In your journey toward better gut health, you can expect comprehensive evaluations, thorough assessments of your medical history, and a collaborative approach that empowers you to take charge of your well-being.

We understand that finding relief from gut issues can be a life-changing experience, and we are here to support you every step of the way.

Dr Tanya Hudson's Portland Naturopath Clinic, was previously known as Hudson Naturopathic.

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