What the test is about?
This comprehensive profile objectively evaluate the status of beneficial and imbalanced commensal bacteria, pathogenic bacteria, yeast / fungus and parasites. It pinpoints the causes of gastrointestinal symptoms and chronic systemic conditions, and measures key markers of digestion, absorption and inflammation.
Impairment of intestinal functions can contribute to the development of food allergies, systemic illnesses, autoimmune disease, and toxic overload from substances that are usually kept in the confines of the bowel for elimination. Efficient remediation of GI dysfunctions incorporates a comprehensive guided approach that should include consideration of elimination of pathogens and exposure to irritants, supplementation of hydrochloric acid, pancreatic enzymes and pre- and probiotics, and repair of the mucosal barrier.
Specimen: Collection of stool on 3 consecutive days. No medication and supplements for 3 days prior to collection of stool samples. Stop taking probiotics 2 weeks prior to collection of stool samples.
What are we looking for with the test?
Results will give us specific information about:
- Digestion of nutrients
- Absorption of nutrients
- Elimination efficiency of undigested food residues and toxins
- Levels of healthy bacterial flora versus potentially pathogenic bacteria species, yeast and parasites
- Culture and sensitivities of pathogenic yeast and bacteria
- Infectious pathogens
- Indices and markers of intestinal immune function, inflammation, physiology and health
Why would you do the test?
Cornerstones of good health include proper digestion of food, assimilation of nutrients, exclusion of pathogens and timely elimination of waste. To obtain benefits from food that is consumed, nutrients must be appropriately digested and then efficiently absorbed into portal circulation. Microbes, larger-sized particles of fiber, and undigested foodstuffs should remain within the intestinal lumen.
Poor digestion and malabsorption of vital nutrients can contribute to degenerative diseases, compromised immune status and nutritional deficiencies. Impairment of the highly specific nutrient uptake processes, or compromised GI barrier function, as in “leaky gut syndrome,” can result from a number of causes including:
- Low gastric acid production
- Chronic maldigestion
- Food allergen impact on bowel absorptive surfaces
- Bacterial overgrowth or imbalances (dysbiosis)
- Pathogenic bacteria, yeast or parasites and related toxic irritants
- The use of NSAIDs and antibiotics
Tests are for people who suffer from:
- Gastrointestinal Symptoms
- Autoimmune Disease
- Food Sensitivities
- Nutritional Deficiencies
- Joint Pain