IBS and 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.
The following tests are available during the consultations process
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SIBO breath test
A SIBO breath test may be helpful if you are experiencing any of the following;
Lactulose and glucose tests are available. Both of which measure levels of hydrogen and methane.
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.
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