Gut Stool Testing

The "gut" is the hub of health.

And when your gut is off, phew, you feel it!

Food digestion, nutrient absorption, immune system regulation, inflammation control, blood sugar status, hormone balance, and even mood and libido are influenced by your GI tract! If you’re experiencing persistent bloating, weird bowel movements, constipation/diarrhea, gas, chronic nutrient deficiencies, and just overall feeling “blah”, optimizing your gut health with a GI MAP stool test can help identify if you have any issues with:

  • Microbial balance
  • Digestive capacity
  • Gut lining integrity

The human gastrointestinal tract (GI tract) is home to trillions of bacteria that are essential to humans for regulation of metabolism, nourishment, immune function, and resisting infections. There are more than 500 different species of microorganisms that reside in the human gut. Every person has anywhere from 100 million to 1 trillion microorganisms per gram of fecal content. Most microbes in the human GI tract are thought to be commensal or beneficial. There are also certain microbes that colonize the ]gut and are only harmful under certain circumstances, called “opportunistic bacteria.”  Finally, there are pathogenic bacteria that are widely recognized to cause disease in the human host.

Although they are found everywhere, harmful bacteria do not always cause illness in all people. Commensal (or good) gut bacteria in the GI tract help to protect the human host from developing infection. These “good” gut bacteria are also responsible for the production of enzymes, vitamins, minerals, short chain fatty acids, and other metabolic byproducts that keep the bowels and body functioning. However, when number of commensal bacteria falls, this allows for opportunist and pathogenic bacteria to wreak havoc in the body.

A comprehensive stool test can help help to identify the root causes into your persistent symptoms and action steps for how to manage! Don’t settle for having to unbutton your pants at the end of the day to feel comfortable anymore!

Foundations of Gut Healing

Once we identify what is going on in your GI tract, then we take action:

  • Remove: Triggers that affect GI function which include food sensitivities, overgrowth of unfriendly organism, and other potential GI stressors.
  • Replace: Digestive enzymes and supporting chemicals that are needed for optimum digestion.
  • Repopulate: Targeted probiotic supplementation to help support the health of the GI Tract and maintain proper microbial balance.
  • Repair: The lining of the GI tract is essential for the recovery and maintenance of our health as it acts as a barrier against undigested foods, toxins, and other organisms.  It is also necessary proper nutrient absorption. 

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