Your gastrointestinal (GI) system is more than just what digests food and absorbs nutrients for your body. Your GI system, as well as the healthy bacteria that live in it, also supports your immune system, helps to eliminate toxins, regulate hormones, produce vitamins, as well as support your mental health. For example, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) has been linked to the development of depression or anxiety.
Research has shown that there’s a link between digestion, health, mood, and cognition (i.e., how you think and your memory). This link is called the enteric nervous system (ENS), also known as your "second brain" or "little brain."
Throughout your GI tract, from your esophagus to your rectum, you have two thin layers of over 100 million nerve cells. These nerve cells primarily support control the digestion process—from the process of swallowing your food, to the enzymes being released to break down your food, to controlling blood flow that aids in the absorption of nutrients and the process of elimination. As your GI tract goes to work, the ENS communicates with your brain about your gut’s health, and thus, your immune system.
At Buffalo Gastroenterology, your digestive health is important to us, since it is connected to your overall health. Whether you’re dealing with GERD or need a colonoscopy, we are equipped to serve all of your gastroenterology needs. Listed below are some of our leading services with descriptions to help you better understand your options.
- Esophageal Dilation
- Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
- Acid Reflux
- Rectal Bleeding