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GI Repair and Restore Program

80% of our immune system is in our gut….. the starting point for functional healing. Institute of Functional Medicine

The gastrointestinal system has a direct effect on all major systems in the human body.  Imbalances in the GI system can have dramatic effects on immune system function, brain and cognitive function, inflammation, and numerous hormone functions.

The 17 week GI Repair and Restore program is a comprehensive program that addresses all areas of gastrointestinal imbalances to restore optimal GI and immune system function.

Symptoms associated with Gastrointestinal Dysfunction

  • Abdominal Pain (Chronic)
  • Bloating
  • Anxiety
  • Gluten Intolerance
  • Heartburn and Reflux
  • Migraines
  • Chemical Sensitivities
  • Myofascial Pain
  • Low Exercise Tolerance
  • Poor Memory
  • Recurrent Vaginal Infections
  • Brittle Nails
  • Swollen Lymph Glands
  • Constipation
  • Liver Dysfunction
  • Abdominal Spasms
  • Constant Hunger Pains
  • Low Energy
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Weight Gain
  • Insomnia
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive Gas
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Malnutrition
  • Nutrient Deficiencies
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Muscle Pain
  • Mood Swings
  • Poor Immune System Function
  • Recurrent Bladder Infections
  • Skin rashes and sensitivity
  • Hair Loss
  • Food Allergies
  • Inflammation
  • Brain Fatigue
  • Anal Irritation
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Depression


The short answer is YES! Water is essential for overall health. Our body is made up of 70% water and is required for many metabolic functions. The more hydrated you are the more efficiently your body can perform daily tasks from thinking and burning fat. 

While there are many contributors and predispositions that can affect your body weight, if your goal is long-term, moderate weight loss, making sure you’re hydrated is key. Science suggests that water can help with weight loss in a variety of ways. It may suppress your appetite, boost your metabolism, and make exercise easier and more efficient, all of which could contribute to results on the scale. 

  • Water may naturally suppress your appetite. Thirst is often mistaken for hunger within the brain. Always grab a glass of water first before reaching for the snacks, especially if it’s only been a few hours since you’ve eaten. Drinking water can promote satiation because it passes through the system quickly and stretches the stomach, signaling to the brain fullness. 
  • Water may stimulate your metabolism. Drinking water appears to stimulate thermogenesis, or heat production, in the body, particularly when it’s chilled. The body has to expend energy to warm the fluid to body temperature, and the more energy expended by your body, the faster your metabolism runs. A small study back in 2003 published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism showed that drinking cold water increased metabolism 30%. 
  • Drinking water could help reduce your overall liquid calorie intake. Water contains no calories. Choosing water instead of higher calorie alternatives such as juice, soda, or sweetened tea, even coffee and alcohol, can reduce your overall liquid calorie intake by 250 calories. Also to note: Although diet soda contributes no calories, replacing these with water may be a factor that contributes to weight loss in certain groups of people.
  • Water helps with removal of toxins from the body. Water is needed for urine production. The more hydrated you are, the easier it is for your system to move things along and the less likely you are to suffer from constipation and bloating. Also, adequate hydration promotes kidney function, flushes harmful bacteria from the urinary tract, and prevents kidney stones, which can occur with more concentrated urine. 
  • The body needs water to burn fat. The process by which the body burns fat for energy is called lipolysis, and the first step requires water. Mild dehydration can slow lipolysis and therefore metabolism. 
  • Water may improve motivation and reduce stress. Dehydration increases the production of cortisol, our stress hormone. Under times of stress we often don’t make the healthiest decisions. 
  • Water can boost brain function. Water composes 73% of the brain. Even a slight level of dehydration can impair your performance in tasks that require attention, cognitive functions, physical movement, and immediate memory skills. 
  • Water keeps joints lubricated. Water is a component of our synovial fluid. This is what lubricates and cushions the joints and cartilage surrounding them, keeping bones from rubbing together.

It only takes about a 3% reduction in fluid to negatively affect all these areas. Staying hydrated is important to our overall health, not just weight loss. Unless otherwise directed, we have a goal of 96-128oz’s of water daily. Start early, strive to consume 30-40oz before the afternoon. Infusing water with fruits and herbs is an easy way to add flavor without the added sugar.


Stress is an inevitable part of life and comes in many forms.   Stressors on the body can be internal, external, physical, psychological, physiological, environmental, or chemical.   These stressors can be acute, episodic acute or chronic in nature and all cause a cortisol response that starts a cascade effect of responses in the body that can lead to chronic health decline.   “Start with the Adrenals” is a motto in functional medicine treatment.  Evaluation of the stress response and management of this response is essential in promoting long term health and well-being.  Age Management promotes an integrative lifestyle approach to best manage adrenal health and cortisol (stress) management.


Monitoring Adrenal function:  

Age Management utilizes an (ASI) Adrenal Stress Index test with patients to determine the health and function of the Adrenal glands.   This is a saliva test that gives us a circadian cortisol profile, Cortisol-DHEA Correlation level, Insulin activity, 17-OH Progresterone , Total salivary sIgA, and gluten(gliaden) Antibody response.   Cortisol has a normal diurnal pattern throughout the day, with levels peaking in the morning and declining at night.   Numerous studies show that deviations from this pattern are associated with signs ad symptoms of Adrenal Dysfunction.


Supplement Support:

Supplements can help support key nutrients that are essential for healthy adrenal function.  Following is a list of the main adrenal support supplements utilized at Age Management of West Michigan.

Adreset:  Herbal blend for overall Adrenal support to increase energy and stress resilience.    Utilizes a combination of Cordyceps, Asian Ginseng, and Rhodiola.   

Adrenevive:  Blend of herbs, amino acids, and phosphatidylserine to support Adrenal function and decrease cortisol levels.  Phosphatidylserine has been shown in several studies to effectively decrease cortisol levels in the blood.

7-Keto DHEA:  DHEA is the precursor hormone in production of cortisol and deficient levels can cause imbalance in diurnal cortisol patterns.   We recommend utilizing 7-Keto DHEA instead of DHEA.   7-Keto DHEA only has effect on cortisol pathways, where DHEA can have an effect on numerous hormone pathways.

L-Tyrosine:  L-Tyrosine is a free form amino acid that is a key building block to Adrenal and Thyroid hormones.  L-Tyrosine supplementation can provide and increase in both cognitive and physical energy.


Nutritional Support:

Cortisol has an effect on our body’s nutrition intake and nutrition directly has an effect on Cortisol levels.  Elevated stress and cortisol can have both an appetite stimulating effect or cause GI distress and a deficiency in nutrient intake.  Dietary extremes in either direction have an impact on cortisol production and release.

Research studies show that a Western diet that includes an increase in refined carbohydrates and saturated fats, along with a decrease in dietary fiber causes an upregulation of cortisol release.   

Exercise support

Regular physical activity and exercise have a positive effective in both increasing the body’s stress resilience and managing cortisol levels.  A 2021 study showed a 42% decrease in cortisol levels following three weeks of a HIIT exercise routine.   Be aware, that too much exercise and over training can lead to an increase in Adrenal stimulation and cortisol levels.

Neurofeedback support

LENS neurofeedback has been one of the most successful treatments used at Age Management of West Michigan to treat stress and anxiety.   LENS is FDA approved to calm and rebalance the nervous system and brain.  This makes the brain and body more stress resistant and decreases any sympathetic nervous response to stressors and environmental stimuli that directly cause an increase in cortisol production and release.  

Sleep Patterns

Consistent and quality sleep is essential for maintaining Cortisol levels and a healthy diurnal cortisol pattern throughout the day.   Lack of sleep causes elevated Cortisol levels.  Try to set a consistent sleep window where you are going to bed and waking up around the same time every day.

Stress Management Techniques

Deep breathing, meditation, yoga, exercise, or just being in nature are all effective ways to manage stress and cortisol levels in the body.  

Utilizing an integrative approach of all the above lifestyle techniques and treatments is the most effective way to manage stress and cortisol effects on the body.


1959 East Paris Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

TEL: 616.808.2695 | FAX: 616.808.2697

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