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Digestive Health

Dr. Roopa Chari, M.D., of Chari Center of Health in Encinitas, CA, is an internist and integrative medicine specialist who is well-versed in the link between nutrition and overall health. If you’re having problems with food sensitivities, gas, bloating, celiac disease or experiencing diarrhea, constipation and other symptoms of impaired digestive health, Dr. Chari can provide real answers. She will give you a customized treatment plan that resolves your symptoms and restores the balance between what you eat and how you feel. Call us today for a free 15 minute medical consult at 760-230-2711 or use our convenient online scheduling service.



Digestive Health Q & A

What is impaired digestive health?

Your digestive system is responsible for breaking down the foods and liquids you consume into nutrients your body needs for energy, growth, and cell repair. These nutrients include carbohydrates, protein, fats, and vitamins. Your body uses a combination of hormones, beneficial bacteria in the gut, and other functions of the digestive organs to complete this task.

Numerous issues can throw this complex system out of balance, including poor nutrition, food sensitivities or allergies, hormonal changes, certain medications, and decreased gut bacteria. Conditions associated with your digestive health include celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and other medical concerns.

What are the symptoms of digestive problems?

Impaired digestive health can cause numerous symptoms, including:

  • Abdominal bloating and cramping
  • Diarrhea and constipation
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Frequent heartburn

You may be surprised to learn that problems with your digestive health can also cause:

  • Chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia
  • Eczema
  • Neurologic symptoms such as dizziness or feeling off-balance
  • Migraine headaches
  • Joint and muscle pain and swelling in your extremities
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Weight gain


How does Dr. Chari evaluate for digestive problems?

As an integrative medicine specialist, Dr. Chari approaches any health concern from a holistic, patient-first perspective. That’s why your initial evaluation and consultation includes a lengthy discussion of your symptoms, health history, as well as a thorough physical examination. This often provides her a working diagnosis regarding your health issues.

She may also recommend diagnostic labs or blood work to further identify digestive problems. Often, however, her extensive experience coupled with the information she learns regarding your symptoms provides enough information for her to develop a treatment program that guides you toward better digestive health at the time of your initial visit. This plan may include a medically-supervised elimination or detoxification diet, use of supplements, and other natural remedies to relieve your symptoms.


Is it Important to Improve My Digestion?  ...The answer is DEFINITELY yes!

  • If you have food sensitivities, gas, bloating, acid reflux, constipation, irritable bowel, heaviness, sluggishness or other abdominal discomfort.
  • If you are taking medications for these symptoms.
  • You are either overweight, underweight or have food cravings.
  • You have a chronic health condition – All chronic disease usually starts with poor digestion.
  • You want to have more energy, happier mood, greater focus and memory.
  • You want relief from joint & muscle aches and pains.

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