GUT HEALTH TESTING
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Imbalances in gut bacteria can lead to a wide range of symptoms, inside and outside of the digestive system.
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SIBO breath test
A SIBO breath test may be helpful if you are experiencing any of the following;
- Bloating quickly after eating
- Maldigestion of fats
- Histamine intolerance
- Food allergies
- Impaired vitamin absorption (B12/iron)
- Symptoms started after food poisoning
- Crohn’s disease
Taking the test
- The test is performed by drinking a sugar solution which acts as a food source for the bacteria in the digestive system. When the bacteria come into contact with this sugar solution, fermentation takes place.
- The gases produced during the fermentation process are then absorbed into general circulation, transferred into the lungs, and then exhaled.
- Elevated levels of these gases found in breath samples can indicate the presence of SIBO which can then help guide your protocol.
- These tests can be carried out in your own home with results typically back from the lab within 10 working days.
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As in any eco-system, there are key species that occupy the landscape.
- A microbiome analysis (also referred to as a stool test) provides a window into the microbial world of the large intestine.
- The results offer information on which organisms are present, at what levels and ratios to offer actionable information to guide your protocols.
- In addition to the bacterial, fungal, parasitic, and archea present, functional markers are also measured.
- These are key markers that indicate levels of inflammation in the digestive tract, digestive enzyme production as well as immune activity along the gut lining.
Who is it for?
A microbiome test may be helpful if you are experiencing any of the following;
- Crohn’s disease
- Ulcerative colitis
- Chronic diarrhoea/constipation
- Low mood
- Metabolic conditions
Questions about testing?
Digestive symptoms are often influenced by your overall health and well-being.
- Depending on your specific condition or symptoms, additional tests may offer important information.
- For example, within the gut, specific tests can be used to ensure adequate levels of key nutrients, monitor levels of intestinal inflammation, and to rule out intestinal autoimmunity.
- Outside of the gut, thyroid function, environmental toxin exposure, and chronic infections may all contribute to digestive imbalances and resulting symptoms.
Specific tests to guide recommendations are;
The majority of these tests can be carried out via a finger-prick blood test, stool, or a urine sample from your own home.
Some may require a visit to a blood draw clinic which can be arranged for you.
- Calprotectin (intestinal inflammation)
- Pancreatic elastase
- Vitamin D
- Thyroid health
- Mould exposure
- Gluten cross-reactivity