colitis and gut health

Comprehensive stool test

Microbiome: measures the bacteria in your gut to be sure you have the correct bacteria in the right amount. Certainly it is good to have a large diverse group of bacteria in your gut. The comprehensive stool test will see if you have any parasites or excess yeast.

Calprotectin

The calprotectin test can distinguish between IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and IBD (irritable bowel disease). It is also a measure of inflammation in the gut which relates to gut permeability. As a result, if the gut is too permeable it will leak the contents of the bowel into the blood stream. Subsequently, this causes an autoimmune response leading to thyroid disease, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and many more conditions.

Beta glucoronidase: is an enzyme that if it gets too high can interfere with the detoxification process. Therefore, this can allow toxins and hormones to be reabsorbed into the bloodstream instead of being excreted. The comprehensive stool test gets to the root cause of the problem.

SCFA (small chain fatty acids) Butyrate, Acetate and Proprionate. When you eat fiber, the good bacteria digest the fiber and produce these short chain fatty acids. SCFA are used by your body to perform many functions. Above all, they are very important in producing mucus to protect your intestine.  More importantly, this test will tell us if you are eating enough fiber and producing this important molecules.

Eosinophil Protein X: This tells us if you are eating foods that you are allergic to. It doesn’t tell us specifically which foods you are allergic to. That requires another test.

Zonulin

 Zonulin is a protein that modulates the tight junctions between the villi in your intestine. It is a measure of leaky gut syndrome.

So the comprehensive stool test tells us a lot of very important information about your gut. Most importantly, it will guide us for your specific dietary and supplement changes.  Click for study on microbiome

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