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Essence Health Group


Primary Care Physician Council Bluffs

The vast majority of poor health and disease starts with poor gut health. So if we don’t heal the gut, we don’t heal the body. Essence is here to help you do exactly that – heal your gut to get your body to optimal health.

Our goal is to help people discover how to be truly healthy and live the life they deserve. So many get caught in the cycle of symptom management and the idea that we have a strong predisposition for disease or chronic conditions. But, the secret to healing starts with the gut biome and controls almost every facet of the body’s regulating and healing process. Empower yourself to stop needlessly suffering and take control of your health.

Poor gut health means poor overall health.

Hippocrates said long ago that “all disease begins in the gut”. So why wouldn’t this be the first place we look when trying to address the root cause of so many of our health issues and chronic illnesses? This is a complex ecosystem of billions of microbes that make up this powerhouse controller of the body. So you can imagine when this gets thrown off, what the residual outcomes can look like. But, so many forget this when trying to diagnose and treat disease. Our team looks here first. And we start to peel back layers of symptoms on our journey to find the root of the real issue causing symptoms in the body.

Why your gut is your "second brain".

Unlocking the Power of Your Second Brain: Understanding the Gut-Brain Connection

Did you know that your gut is like a secret headquarters, playing a crucial role in your overall health? It’s true! Your gut is often referred to as your body’s “second brain” because it’s filled with millions of neurons, just like the brain in your head. These neurons form what’s called the enteric nervous system, which communicates directly with your central nervous system, sending messages back and forth. This communication highway is essential for regulating important bodily functions like digestion, mood, and even immune response. When your gut is in harmony, it can positively influence your mental well-being and physical health.

Maintaining a healthy gut involves nourishing it with the right foods and lifestyle choices. Healthy fats, proteins, proper fruits and veggies can help fuel your gut, supporting the growth of beneficial bacteria that keep everything running smoothly. Probiotics, found in foods like yogurt and kefir, can also help maintain a balanced gut microbiome. Additionally, regulating your nervous system and reducing stress through chiropractic and relaxation techniques like deep breathing or meditation can have a profound impact on your gut health, as stress can dysregulate your nervous system and disrupt the delicate balance of bacteria in your gut. By prioritizing gut-friendly habits, you can unlock the full potential of your body’s “second brain” and enjoy improved overall wellness.

What does gut health impact? Here are just a few examples of functions that are impacted by your gut:

  • Absorption: the body’s ability to take in and process essential nutrients like vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
  • Immune Regulation: supporting the body’s defense system against pathogens.
  • Mood Regulation: influencing neurotransmitter production that affects mood and emotions.
  • Hormone Regulation: controlling the release of hormones that impact various bodily processes.
  • Metabolic Regulation: energy regulation and ability to process and breakdown of food.

When these are thrown off it can look like:

  • Sleep Patterns: imbalance in serotonin in dopamine can disrupt sleep-wake cycles, leading to insomnia or irregular sleep patterns.
  • Appetite Regulation: dysregulation or ghrelin and leptin can lead to overeating or undereating, contributing to weight gain or loss.
  • Mood Stability: fluctuations in serotonin and dopamine levels can lead to mood swings, depression or anxiety.
  • Metabolic Function: disruption of insulin and leptin signaling can lead to metabolic disorders such as diabetes or obesity.
  • Stress Response: cortisol issues can lead to heightened stress responses, affecting overall well-being and immune function.
  • Reproductive Health: hormonal imbalances can disrupt menstrual cycles, fertility, and libido in both men and women.

How to improve gut microbiome

How do I improve my gut health?

Through our tailored step-by-step program and coaching. There is never just one answer to solve the problem of poor gut health, but rather a series of steps to help build back and improve your gut microbiome to create quite literally a healthier, happier you. We breakdown the issues that are causing your poor gut health and thus symptoms resulting from this imbalance and create an easy-to-follow process for you to do from home.

Foundational Medicine

Foundational medicine is the missing piece in integrative and functional medicine practices.

As the precursor to functional medicine, foundational medicine begins at the utmost root level. It helps patients return to homeostasis by delivering key nutrients to upregulate mitochondrial function, which is necessary for the proper function of every cell, organ, and tissue.

It also emphasizes the importance of opening up the body’s drainage pathways prior to detoxification, and improving a patient’s internal environment to sustain long-term wellness.

Foundational medicine is the starting point for health, as it allows patients to experience optimal results when they move onto targeted protocols.

Chiropractic Adjustment Services

What makes us unique

Our Roadmap to Health

Our products and customized protocols follow a specific order. This ensures patients build a strong foundation before entering periods of deeper detoxification. Not only do we support foundational areas of health (such as the mitochondria and gut microbiome), the strategic order in which we leverage these protocols sets us apart from many other wellness companies.

We Help You Every Step of the Way

Our team of Doctors dive deep to understand the current state of your health, not just by focusing on treatment of surface-level symptoms, but the root of the issue, the true cause of your symptoms -and resolving those for long-term, optimal health. Our Coaches and Health Concierges connect with you to ensure you are continuing down the proper path to wellness each step of the way. We have checkpoints for questions and guidance throughout your journey and provide a level of care that is a cut above what is commonly thought of in the normal healthcare setting. Our focus is not just temporary fixes, but changing your life and overall health for the better.

Primary Care Physician Council Bluffs

We leverage industry-leading supplements in digestive, immune, and mitochondrial health.

Our selection of supplements in our custom program leverages emerging industry leading and science-backed studies by a company who first introduced the concept of foundational medicine to the nutritional supplement industry. By formulating supplements designed to support cellular health through proprietary Carbon Technology, we provide natural, root cause solutions.

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