You have a complex system of bugs living in your gut that make up your intestinal microbiome. YIKES! Not to worry, when these little critters are in balance they help keep your immune system strong, reduce inflammation and protect you from disease. However, when opportunistic organisms overgrow or pathogenic bugs (i.e. the bad guys) are present, they can wreak havoc on your intestinal flora.
The tricky thing is, that you need to know which microorganisms are out of balance in order to restore balance. That’s where the stool test shines.
The labs we use are state of the art. They use cutting-edge technologies and biomarkers to map out the presence of harmful bugs such as yeast, parasites, and certain bacteria like H.Pylori that can cause all those unpleasant digestive symptoms. It also tells you which beneficial bacteria (your good bugs) are present and how many are there. Too few good bacteria can be just as damaging as a parasite.
In addition to providing this in depth snapshot of your colon’s microbiome, the stool test reports on how your digestive organs are functioning. For instance, is your pancreas producing enough digestive enzymes to break down your food properly? Are you absorbing fats properly? Is there a reaction in your gut to gluten? Answers to these questions can guide you to digestive freedom.
You simply collect one sample of stool in the privacy of your own home. Everything you need is included in the stool kit- even gloves! Then simply send back the kit in the prepaid FedEx shipping container. Yup, shipping poo.
Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth occurs when too many bacteria are growing in the wrong place, namely the small intestine (SI). So, those probiotics you are taking may actually be making your digestion worse! Dang.
Typically, we find robust communities of various bacteria living in the large intestine, which is exactly where we want them. However, when the environment of the SI shifts- usually due to poor digestion higher up in the stomach- these bugs find the SI to be a rather inviting home. This is good for them, but not for you!
Do you have loose stool or constipation? Have you found that rather soon after eating you are feeling bloated or gassy? And the real kicker is that this seems to happen more when you eat healthy foods like certain fruits and veggies? If yes, then you may have SIBO. The food of choice for these little guys is fiber. So typically, if you have SIBO, you feel better when you eat a steak and worse if you eat a salad. Not a good long term strategy for your health.
The good news is that we can test to see what type of SIBO you may have and we are experts in treating it.
The SIBO breath test is an easy, non-invasive and effective way to identify or rule out SIBO. It works by testing for the presence of hydrogen or methane in your breath at specific intervals after drinking a liquid containing a sugar solution.
Helicobacter pylori are bacteria that are most commonly found the in the stomach but can also infect the small intestine. There are several strains of H. pylori. Some are relatively harmless. However, other strains are responsible for the majority of ulcers in the stomach and small intestine while others are linked to stomach cancer. You can be infected with these buggers for decades not knowing they are the underlying cause of your abdominal discomfort.
Although some don’t feel any significant symptoms, an H. pylori infection often results in significant digestive discomfort and is associated with heartburn, stomach pain, stomach cancer, nausea, loose stools, IBS, gas/bloating, constipation and bad breath. It’s also particularly contagious. We affectionately refer to H.Pylori infections as family infections because it is easily passed to others via kissing, sharing cups, food and utensils. Basically, the things that families do.
Accurately identifying an H. pylori infection requires advanced testing. Blood tests and breath tests have a high percent of false negative results. Recent research in H. pylori has focused on the presence of virulence factors which determine how harmful a certain H. pylori infection is to your body. The stool test that we use at Gut Harmony tests for 7 different virulence factors, more than any another other H. pylori test. This greatly increases the accuracy of the test by properly identifying which strain of H. pylori you may have. This stool test offers the most sensitive and specific results available for H. pylori testing.
One of the key steps in healing your gut is taking a break from foods that are contributing to inflammation. But, which foods are the culprits? Hard to tell. Especially when the discomfort you have today may be a reaction to an ingredient you ate three days ago, or yesterday, or both!
We work with several different labs so we can test which foods are troubling your system in the most effective and affordable way.
Once we know which foods you can eat without discomfort, we’ll work with you to create a diet plan that fits your lifestyle.
A blood sample is sent to the lab. We usually have results within 1-2 weeks.