Digestive function and Stool Testing
Functional stool testing is an invaluable microscopic assessment of your digestive health and the status of your gut flora (bacteria). The digestive function examination includes enzyme levels, and reveals how well you digest and break down carbohydrates and fats.
It also examines the gut’s immune function, inflammation markers, and overall intestinal health.
Essentially, stool testing is used to diagnose the presence or absence of a condition or disease process.
Functional stool testing also detects the presence of pathogenic (disease-causing) bacteria, parasites and yeast, which could be contributing to your chronic illness and neurological dysfunction.
Stool testing also provides clues behind the cause of autoimmune disorders, one of which is “leaky gut.”
million people are affected by digestive diseases
million prescriptions are written for constipation
This stool test is unlike any your conventional doctor uses. Functional stool testing is done to:
- Help to identify diseases of the digestive tract including the pancreas, stomach and liver. Enzymes, including elastase and trypsin, can be evaluated to determine how well the pancreas is functioning.
- Help to identify inflammation and immune dysfunction that may be the cause of, or the fuel behind, your health condition or disease.
- Identify the cause of symptoms affecting the digestive tract including nausea, reflux, gas, bloating, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, diarrhea, cramping, fever and chills.
- Look for parasites such as Giardia lamblia, Entamoeba histolytica, and Blastocystis hominis.
- Look for infections such as yeast, and Helicobacter (H pylori).
- Check for blood that may indicate a disease process.
- Check for nutrient absorption.
- Detect hidden blood. Fecal blood testing is a preferred noninvasive test for colorectal cancer screening/detection.
- Differentiate between Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
- Identify the #1 cause of autoimmune disease—Zonulin
#1 cause of autoimmune disease is Zonulin.
What can you expect from comprehensive stool testing?
A structured fecal (stool) biomarker panel offers the advantage of assessing multiple functional areas in the gut that may be contributing to symptoms.
For example, diarrhea could stem from multiple causes including pancreatic exocrine insufficiency, inflammation, food allergies, or the presence of a pathogenic [disease-causing] or potentially pathogenic organism.
A positive result on one or more fecal biomarker tests may guide therapy, either by suggesting a treatable alternative diagnosis or by eliminating a diagnosis from further consideration. The latter allows individualized targeted treatment to be redirected to more likely diagnoses.
The gut biomarkers tested, provide comprehensive information for the development of strategic interventions.
Symptoms often improve as identified functional imbalances and inadequacies become normalized through targeted dietary, lifestyle, and supplementation therapeutics.
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