Gut Health

Shine Health and Wellness

Kimberley I. Shine, MD

Family Medicine & Functional Medicine located in Pasadena, CA

Gastrointestinal (GI) problems affect up to 70 million Americans each year and can wreak havoc on your body. At Shine Health and Wellness in Pasadena, California, you get the support you need to improve your gut health. In her practice, Kimberley Shine, MD, offers in-depth physical exams and laboratory testing. She works tirelessly to locate the cause of your GI symptoms and offers a range of treatment options to repair gut damage. Dr. Shine provides individualized care and one-on-one attention to achieve optimal health. Call the office today or book an appointment online.

Gut Health Q & A

What is the gut microbiome?

Your gut contains trillions of different bacteria and fungi. Many of these microorganisms are essential for good health. They help your body digest food, boost your metabolism, and even keep your weight in check.

Some illnesses can disrupt the balance of microorganisms in your gut. Damage to the gut microbiome can have a significant effect on your health.

At Shine Health and Wellness, Dr. Shine helps you achieve a healthy gut microbiome and find relief from painful GI symptoms.

What are some common gastrointestinal issues?

Millions of Americans suffer from digestive diseases, including:

  • Crohn's disease
  • Celiac disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Peptic ulcer disease


Some prescription medications, like antibiotics, are notorious for causing GI problems. These medications may be essential to treat an illness, but they can also damage your gut microbiome.

The following symptoms are signs of a GI illness:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Bloating
  • Stomach pain
  • Weight changes


Remember, your gut contains many different types of microorganisms that need to work together. Many gut problems occur when this balance is disturbed.

For example, gastrointestinal problems may result when a specific type of bacteria or fungus grows too quickly. This particular microorganism may be a part of a healthy gut microbiome.

However, if it grows too fast, it can overpower the "good bugs" that your gut needs. Eventually, you can develop an unchecked infection that spreads throughout your gastrointestinal system.

Also, chronic inflammation or overuse of certain medications can lead to a condition known as "leaky gut syndrome."

Leaky gut develops when the walls of your intestines become loose. This allows bacteria and toxins to spread from your gut into the bloodstream. Fortunately, treatment can help heal your gut and restore a healthy gut microbiome.

What treatments are available?

Dr. Shine begins with an in-depth physical exam and extensive laboratory testing. She asks questions about your medical history, your diet, and what symptoms you're currently experiencing.

Next, she develops a personalized care plan designed to repair your gut. Your care plan may include nutritional counseling, stress management, acupuncture, and more. Dr. Shine emphasizes natural methods and holistic treatments to help you improve your health.

Concerned about your GI symptoms? Let Dr. Shine help. Call the office today or book an appointment online.