Gastrointestinal Health

Why use stool testing?

Gastrointestinal function is important for overall health and well-being. This includes balancing beneficial microbial bacteria in the gut to enhance health. GI health is the key to digestion, nutrient usage, bowel motility and ridding the body of waste, toxins 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 both healthy and harmful bacteria, 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.

GI Map (Diagnostics Solutions Laboratory)

Comprehensive Stool Analysis

This is an exhaustive test that evaluates lower GI status. The GI Map 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, heart disease, diabetes and more.

The GI Microbial Assay Plus (GI-MAP™) uses state-of-the-art qPCR technology to assess a patient’s microbiome from a single stool sample, with particular attention to microbes that cause disease or that disrupt normal microbial balance and contribute to perturbations in the GI microbiota and contribute to illness. It is one of the most powerful and sensitive gene analysis techniques available.

New Commensal & Opportunistic Bacterial Markers

  • True Quantitative PCR Testing
  • Includes Bacteria, Yeast, Parasites, Viruses
  • Antibiotic Resistance Genes
  • H. pylori Virulence Factors
  • Metabolic, Immune and Digestive Markers

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.

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.

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DpD Crosslinks Bone Collagen Loss Test (Urine)

This test is used to measure the amount of collagen loss experienced in the process of bone rebuilding.

It tests for the likelihood that osteoporosis is present and active. The interplay between bone formation and resorption (bone loss) is a continuous lifetime process.

There are certain metabolites that are used by the body to aid in bone building. During this process the metabolites get excreted into the urine. This test measures the amount excreted. The higher the amount excreted, the more rapid the bone or collagen loss. If the rate is greater than the formation of bone, then there is more likelihood that osteoporosis is present and active.

All men and women over the age of 35 should take this test so that effective preventive measures can be taken.

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