Gut Health at High West Medical

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What Is Gut Health?

Gut health refers to the balance and function of the microorganisms that live in the digestive tract. These microorganisms, also known as gut flora or gut microbiota, play an imperative role in digestion, immune function, and overall health. A healthy gut contains a diverse community of beneficial bacteria that help to break down food, absorb nutrients, and maintain a strong immune system.

Poor gut health, on the other hand, often leads to a variety of health issues, such as digestive problems, inflammation, and even mental health disorders. It is important to maintain a healthy gut by eating a balanced diet rich in fiber and probiotics, staying hydrated, and managing stress levels.

Why Gut Health Matters

Gut health is pivotal for more than digestion. Understanding the importance of gut health is the first step toward achieving a balanced and healthy life.
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Immune Function

A healthy gut contributes to a robust immune system, helping to fend off illnesses.

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Mental Well-being

The gut-brain axis is crucial for managing stress and mood.

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Chronic Disease Prevention

A balanced gut helps prevent or manage conditions like obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

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Cutting-Edge Treatments for Gut Health

Our personalized gut health program starts with a comprehensive assessment to understand your unique health profile. We leverage the latest treatments and biohacking strategies to offer unparalleled support for your gut health.

Dietary Modifications:

Identifying and eliminating foods that disrupt gut balance while introducing nutrient-rich foods that promote a healthy microbiome.


Using targeted supplements to address deficiencies and support gut health.

Advanced Biohacking:

Employing cutting-edge techniques like microbiome testing and personalized probiotic therapies to optimize gut function.

Microbiome Testing:

Analyzing your gut's microbial composition to inform personalized treatment plans.

Probiotic Therapies:

Customizing probiotic regimens to restore and maintain a healthy gut flora balance.

Lifestyle Modifications:

Recommending changes in sleep, exercise, and stress management to support gut health.


Positive Review From Patients

Travis Nelson
Travis Nelson
I’ve seen over 20 different medical providers in my life, and I’ve never had a provider pay more attention to fine detail than Dr. Nelson. She found issues for me that other providers had recently glossed over and dismissed. Prior to seeing Dr. Nelson, my previous providers would only run 3-4 “standard” things on my annual blood work. Kirsten now runs over 20 separate blood tests quarterly as I strive to feel the best that I can. Just because you have a “clean bill of health” doesn’t mean that Dr. Nelson can’t help you feel the best you ever have! She’s helped me with overall wellness, histamine intolerance/problems, testosterone replacement therapy and chronic illness. I’ve never felt better after following her treatment plans.
Nicole Gist
Nicole Gist
Dr. Kirsten is a gem of a human. I had pursued various treatments from my conventional PCP, once I started with with Dr. Kirsten and took a more holistic approach my health got better within 3 months. Her attention to detail, responsiveness, and knowledge is unmatched. I especially appreciated her follow up emails with links and scientific articles for support. Thank Dr. Kirsten for helping change my life. I will be a patient and friend for life.
Kerry Hing
Kerry Hing
Over the past several years I have been progressively working towards a higher level of health and wellness. I am grateful to have found Kirsten. The level of care she provides is exceptional. She listened carefully to my goals, asked the right questions, put together the right screening and test panels, and used this information to create a bespoke plan on point to my goals. Most of all, she is truly compassionate and deeply caring.
Robert Simmons
Robert Simmons
Dr Nelson has completely changed how I view healthcare and my well-being. In the past when I had aches or pains I thought I’d just have to live with it. I felt like the doctors would discount what I was going through and describing. In contrast, Dr Nelson truly listens and puts real time and energy into understanding what’s going on. She puts in the extra effort and care that you would only expect from family. Think about the best nurse you’ve ever had, the one that somehow knew exactly what you needed to be able to feel comfortable, and had the perfect mix of listening and asking questions to understand what’s going on. Now think of the best doctor you’ve had a the one that could answer all of your questions and explain it all in a way you understood. Mix those two and that’s the kind of care you get from Dr Nelson. I know it probably sounds like I’m exaggerating but I’m not. I just think that everyone should be heard and have a provider who is an advocate for you - that’s something I didn’t have before. With Dr Nelson you’ll remember / realize that going to the doctor is “health” and “care”. I’ll stop rambling now so you can go schedule an appointment.
Tyler Cassity
Tyler Cassity
I had an exceptional experience with Dr. Kirsten Nelson, and I highly recommend her to anyone seeking a compassionate and intelligent physician. Dr. Nelson's genuine warmth, active listening, and dedication to patient empowerment creates a unique and positive atmosphere. After my visit, Dr. Nelson sent a detailed follow-up, including peer-reviewed articles supporting her recommendations. This level of thoroughness and commitment to patient education is extraordinary. Unlike any other healthcare professional, Dr. Nelson made me feel in control of my health, taking the time to explain science-based approaches without pushing medications. Her extensive knowledge and dedication to evidence-based practices were evident, instilling confidence in her recommendations. If you're looking for a physician who truly cares about your well-being and strives to empower your healthcare journey, Dr. Kirsten Nelson is the ideal choice.
Malorie Miles
Malorie Miles
Kirsten is the best! I’ve been to numerous professionals and have never received care like this before. She truly does want to get to the root of the issue. I love that she will give you the best of both worlds when it comes to balancing holistic & western medicine. She truly cares and will listen to you thoroughly. I’ve never felt rushed with her. She responds very quickly with any questions I’ve had. She will run bloodwork, and also check in on other types of testing like urine and stool if needed. No other provider has ever truly wanted to get to the root cause of my chronic symptoms until Kirsten. If you’re hesitant or worried about starting over with a new doc, don’t be, she will take such good care of you!
Victoria Price
Victoria Price
Before coming to Dr. Nelson, I felt like I didn’t understand what was going on with my body and my family physician would not listen to my concerns and run more than the basics for bloodwork. Meeting with Kirsten, she listened and was empathetic and walked me through what we would be doing. She ran a lot of really great blood panels on me. When she got my results she went through them in great detail and explained it all to me as well as gave me a care plan. The best thing about being her patient is that she is always so responsive when you message her with a question and she truly cares! I’ve been on my wellness plan for over a week and I can see so many positive changes! I am sleeping the best I ever have and my stress is so manageable without being on prescription drugs and being able to do it all naturally.
Annie Labelle
Annie Labelle
I’ve been working with Kirsten for almost 6 months now! I am perimenopausal and was having night sweats and insomnia! She’s reviewed my bloodwork a few times and has added in hormone therapy! I am sleeping more and sweating less! Love that she sees both sides of the coin with “medicine.”
Alicia Espinoza
Alicia Espinoza
Dr Kirsten pays detailed attention to your overall health looking for the root problem. She does not dismisses how you feel, instead she orders every lab testing possible to find out what’s happening in your body. I am very happy with Dr Kirsten. She is the best!
Annaliese Buchan
Annaliese Buchan
Kirsten is the best! I always feel like my needs are met after every appointment and she is always so kind & caring!! I absolutely recommend High West Medical for any of your needs but especially women’s health!

Ready to Transform Your Gut Health?

If you’re experiencing gut health issues or simply want to improve your overall well-being, High West Medical is here to support you. We are committed to providing you with the highest level of care, tailored to meet your individual needs.

Embrace a holistic approach to wellness with High West Medical’s gut health services. Contact us today to learn more about our personalized programs and start your journey towards a healthier, happier life.

Medical Weight Loss FAQ’s

High West Medical provides comprehensive gut health evaluations, including diagnostics for food sensitivities, inflammation, microbiome diversity, and gastrointestinal function. Treatments may encompass personalized dietary plans, supplementation, lifestyle modifications, and, where necessary, medication to address identified issues.
Food sensitivity testing helps identify specific foods that may trigger adverse reactions in your digestive system. By pinpointing these triggers, High West Medical can tailor dietary recommendations to alleviate symptoms like bloating, gas, and abdominal discomfort, thereby improving overall gut health and functionality.
Yes, gut health plays a significant role in overall well-being. A balanced gut microbiome is essential for efficient digestion, nutrient absorption, immune system function, and even mental health through the gut-brain axis. High West Medical focuses on gut health to address gastrointestinal issues and improve systemic health outcomes.
Lifestyle changes to improve gut health typically include dietary adjustments to increase fiber intake and reduce processed foods, regular physical activity, adequate hydration, stress management techniques, and ensuring sufficient sleep. High West Medical provides personalized advice based on your unique health profile and gut health status.
The time frame to see improvements in gut health varies depending on the individual’s condition, the specific treatments applied, and adherence to the recommended changes. Some patients may notice improvements within a few weeks, while others may require a longer period to achieve optimal gut health. Continuous evaluation and adjustments ensure the best outcomes.