The gastrointestinal tract is the foundation of health. It is the site where the outside world (food, water, inhaled particles, contaminants, etc.) meets the inside world of your body. The barrier of your intestinal cells (with your immune system and intestinal bacteria) decides what nutrients get absorbed into the blood and what toxins and pathogens get kept out of the blood.
We use very comprehensive blood testing to detect food allergies and food sensitivities that can be the cause of inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract as well as the cause of symptoms/conditions elsewhere in the body.
Certain foods can have the same effect as toxins in some people. We use very comprehensive blood testing which use very sensitive testing for more accurate results.
Blood or stool tests for zonulin can indicate the presence of leaky gut. Blood tests can also show potential causes of leaky gut: high histamine, low DAO, antibodies to intestinal cells, and immune activation to bacteria.
Evaluation of the stool is done to assess for: digestion, sufficiency of beneficial bacteria, potentially pathogenic bacteria, immune activation, inflammation, leaky gut and poor elimination of toxins. This testing is useful for everyone because the intestinal tract is where all our health troubles start.
6 or 8 samples of expelled air are collected in small plastic bags over a 2 – 3 hour period. The samples are tested for methane and hydrogen gas indicative of bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine.