Gut Health Testing

Ever heard that your Gut is your second brain? Ever found yourself craving, binge eating or just needing that little bit of chocolate, even though you have finished a well balanced meal?

New research shows that gut bacteria communicate with and influence brain function. An imbalance in the good and bad gut microbiota, called dysbiosis, is associated with a number of brain disorders and symptoms, including ADHD, autism, OCD, mood swings, memory and cognition problems, anxiety, depression and insomnia as well as neurological disorders such as parkinson's and alzheimers.

Our sense, behaviour and intelligence emerge in part from electrical communications among neutrons in the brain. Research have found that neutrons in the brain , bacteria communities ( micro biome) in the gut communicate with each other through electrical signals.

Such gut-to-brain signals may also explain why fatty foods , sugars make us feel good, when ingested as they are detected by cell receptors in the lining of our gut, which sends nerve signals to the brain. 

Mood disorders can also stem from poor gut health.

Your GI tract houses trillions of bacteria and research shows that these microorganisms are essential for metabolism, immune function and resistance to infection.

This stool analysis determines the presence of Bacterial Pathogens (Campylobacter, C difficile Toxin A & B, E coli 0157, Salmonella, Shiga-like Toxins, Shigella, etc.) , Parasitic Pathogens (Cryptosporidium, Entamoeba histolytica, Giardia), Viral Pathogens (Adenovirus, Norovirus, Rotavirus) , H pylori (H Pylori, cagA, vacA), Normal Bacterial Flora (Bifidobacter, Enterococcus, E. coli, Lactobacillus) , Opportunistic Bacteria (Citrobacter, Klebsiella, Proteus, Yersinia, Pseudomonas, Staphylococcus, etc), Parasites (Blastocystis hominis, Dientamoeba fragilis, Endolimax nana, Entamoeba coli, Chilomastix mesnelli, etc.), Fungi/Yeast (Candida albicans, Candida spp., Geotricum spp., Microsporidia spp., Trichosporon spp.)

Additional Tests (SIgA, Anti-Gliadin, Elastase (marker of pancreatic enzyme sufficiency, pancreas makes enzymes to digest , amylase to break down carbs, lipase to break down fats and protease to break down proteins) , Lactoferrin( marker of inflammation in the gut), Occult Blood)

How do I know if I need my GUT Tested?

GI symptoms can include, abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, churn's disease, diarrhea, food poisoning , gastric ulcer, gastritis, gastroenteritis, gastroesophageal reflux, irritable syndrome, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth ( SIBO), Ulcers, vomiting

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Gastrointestinal ( GI) Tract infections are common and can be either clinical( symptomatic) or sub clinical ( without symptoms). Top Practitioners report that 8 out of 10 patients who seek care have one or more GI infections. Some have active GI symptoms, others present with general complaints: fatigue, body pain, headaches, cognitive problems, light headedness, brain fog and/or general malaise. Currently, the two most prevalent infections are Helicobacter pylori ( H.pylori), a bacterium that primarily inhabits the stomach, esophagus and upper duodenum and Cryptosporidium parvum, a parasite that primary inhabits the small intestines and regularly cycles from intracellular to extracellular.

 Parasite infections in particular can be silent but really destructive, leading/perpetuating chronic stress on the infected person 24/7 by raising cortisol levels, causing inflammation and riddling the person with symptoms. Treatment protocols using natural methods and/or prescription drugs are often necessary to resolve infections. Not all pathogens cause disease if they are present.

H. Pylori

This is a bacterium which can be found in the stomach lining. The infection may produce little or no noticeable symptoms, but can cause has been implicated in a variety of gastrodudenal diseases including gastritis, gastric cancer and peptic ulcer. It infamous for its causal link to ulcers and cancer. This bacteria is barely acidic so it can thrive in the GI tract. By neutralizing stomach acid through the destruction of parietal cells in the stomach, H. Pylori causes digestive problems, constant acute stress on the hormonal stress response, headaches - especially migraines, upper abdominal pain, indigestion, acne, nausea and can lead to progressively threatening disease conditions unless treated.

You may have even been told, if tested positive that H.Pylori has a role in part as commensal organism ( that naturally inhibit the GI tract and do not cause disease) But research also shows us that H.pylori has a causal link to ulcers and cancer. For this reason, the negative outweighs any positives and when H.pylori is detected it should be addressed.

H.pylori infections are very prevalent and are often the cause of stomach ulcers, acid reflux and belching and general upper GI stress as well as cancer, While acute infections are highly symptomatic, the body has amazing capability to adapt to infections that become long term, chronic in nature and patients often have either very mild symptoms at all. Infections, especially deep rooted ones, are often difficult to eradicate as it can develop resistance to commonly used antibiotics, It has also been reported that H.pylori can produce a toxin with the ability to disable the body's immune response against it.

All this can be a contributing factor to intestinal permeability also known as Leaky Gut.

GI Map Testing:

By completing a GI MAP Test  you are able to identify bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi. This unique DNA/PCR technology is superior at detecting very low amounts of these pathogens in the stool and is far more sensitive in picking up candida and is more comprehensive than what can be detected through microscopy ( which can be your only option when you visit your physician).

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Did you know the health of your gut directly impacts your hormones? 
You might have heard you are what you eat but this is only half true! 

Turns out, you are what you assimilate and you are what your gut bacteria do with you. 

But it starts in your mouth.  In Dr Stevens  book, The Dental Diet, States the Mouth is the gateway to your digestive tract AND every time you swallow, you are swallowing thousands and thousands of bacteria down the tube. 

So, if your mouth is not healthy, if you don’t take care of your gums, if you’re a mouth breather, if you have tongue tie, if you’re filled with mercury amalgams, if you keep getting cavities...this affects everything! 

Then as you move down your tube, if you can’t break your food down, if you have “leaky gut,” if you have gallbladder issues, if you don’t have a gallbladder, if you have gut infections, if you’re eating foods that cause inflammation/bloating/ are not going to absorb and assimilate your nutrients. 

If you can’t absorb and assimilate your nutrients, YOU AREN’T GOING TO MAKE HORMONES or really much of anything that well. 

Those vitamins and minerals and amino acids are critical to making stuff in your body. They are important for everything such as heart health, bone health, brain health, reproductive health, endocrine health, skin health, your immune system and more! ♥️

So your homework is...start with the basics. Look at your mouth, gums and teeth. Look at the foods you eat - knock that crap off if you are eating things you know deep down you should not! Consider pooping in a cup for science- do a stool test and see what’s growing down there. Yes, GI MAP will do the trick!

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How do your stress hormones affect your gut?  I want to review why your gut doesn’t work as well when you are stressed! 

How many of you feel “stressed out?”  I bet a lot of you would raise your hand. Let’s focus on the stress hormones, cortisol and norepinephrine/epinephrine (adrenaline). 

Stress hormones direct actions in your body AWAY from maintenance, regeneration and reproduction and TOWARD systems required for active movement (aka: fight or flight). 

Basically you switch from “rest and digest” over to “fight or flight.” 

This means any focus and concentration you would normally have to break down your food, absorb nutrients, fight off infections, keep things moving forward in a healthy manner and more in your gut...slow down. Instead, everything shifts to processes that help you handle fight or flight. 

So if you can’t break down your food, if you can’t absorb your nutrients, if you can’t fight off offending germs that come into your gut, and if you can’t move your poop forward, you will end up with A LOT of symptoms. Think gas, bloating, constipation, infection...etc PLUS you miss out on key vitamins, minerals and amino acids. 

Those vitamins, minerals, and amino acids are your building blocks and co-factors to EVERYTHING! Brain hormones, thyroid hormones, sex hormones, Adrenal hormones...etc. 

What can you do?