Gastrointestinal Health

Why use stool testing?

Gastrointestinal function is important for general health. This includes balancing beneficial microbial flora in the gut to enhance health. GI health is key in digestion, nutrient usage, and ridding the body of waste and pathogens. Poor digestion and malabsorption can lead to immune dysfunction, nutritional deficiencies, and various disease states. Poor GI function can also lead to food allergies and sensitivities, pathogen infestation and toxicity.

Testing for healthy bacteria as well as the harmful as well as testing for inflammation and digestive status can be extremely helpful in designing an effective nutrition program to address gastrointestinal imbalances which may include constipation, diarrhea, gas, heartburn, belching, bloating, intestinal pain, food reactions as well as other areas of health including mood disorders, heart disease, autoimmune, or any systemic inflammatory condition.

Doctor’s Data CDSA (Comprehensive Digestive and Stool Analysis) with Parasitology x 3

This is an exhaustive test that evaluates lower GI status. The GI Effects measures an extensive array of bacteria, parasites, fungi, and mold that can affect not only gastrointestinal health, but may be underlying factors in many health conditions including chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, autoimmune conditions, IBS, Crohn’s, IBD, adrenal fatigue, arthritis, and any other inflammatory condition.

Other factors measured are:

Inflammation and malabsorption markers – extensive testing on inflammation and on ability to digest proteins, fats and carbohydrates.

Commensal and Mircroflora Diversity – measures the levels of a vast array of commensal bacteria and microflora.

Short Chain Fatty Acids – measures the SCFA’s that populate the colon to provide food for the microflora and are an important part of the gastrointestinal microbiome.

Gut immune function – tests for sIgA (Secretory IgA) which is the primary antibody in the mucosa of the gut and is the primary defense mechanism of our body.

Pharmaceutical and botanical sensitivities – if a bacteria or yeast comes up as positive, sensitivity or resistance to either pharmaceutical or botanical treatments is measured. Your treatment regimen can be targeted with the most potent type of remedies.