The human gastrointestinal microbiome is, in and of itself, a complex ecosystem, it is a “microbial organ” within the gastrointestinal tract. The intestinal microbiome is dominated by anaerobic bacteria and includes approximately 500-1,000 species whose collective genomes are estimated to contain 100 times more genes than our own human genome.
When the intestinal ecology is altered, so too is the health of the host; studies show that the maintenance of a healthy microbiome is inseparable from host health. These microbes influence physiological function (particularly metabolism), local mucosal homeostasis, inflammation, and immunity.
Digestive testing provides important information about the state of your digestive health and is a sensible place to check when your health is struggling or if you are suffering from digestive symptoms.
A stool test can assess
- Whether food breaks down into usable substances
- Whether you absorb certain nutrients
- Whether you properly eliminate waste.
- Levels of good and bad bacteria (gut flora)
- Levels of yeasts such as candida
- Levels of digestive enzymes and stomach acid
- Check for presence of parasites
- Check the immune system within your gut
- Check for the difference between Inflammatory bowel disease or Irritable bowel syndrome.
If you answer “yes” to any of these questions digestive testing may be right for you.
√ Do you have Irritable bowel syndrome?
√ Do you frequently experience indigestion?
√ Do you suffer from constipation?
√ Do you often have unexplained diarrhea?
√ Do you experience gas and bloating?
√ Do you ever have abdominal pain?
√ Have you been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease?
√ Do you have Ulcerative Colitis?
√ Do you have food allergies or sensitivities
√ Do you suffer from fatigue?
√ Do you consistently lack energy?
√ Do you have Fibromyalgia?
√ Do you have Rheumatoid arthritis?
√ Do you have an auto immune condition?|
√ Do you have poor skin or suffer from chronic skin conditions such as psoriosis or eczema?
√ Have you used antibiotics on occasion?
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