Digestive testing provides important information about the state of your digestive health and is a sensible place to check when your health is struggling or if you are suffering form digestive symptoms
After qualifying over 12 years ago and lecturing in digestive health and digestive testing I have researched the top accredited UK laboratories and digestive tests to offer you a broad range of accurate and scientific digestive health tests.
A stool test can assess
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- Whether food breaks down into usable substances
- Whether you absorb certain nutrients
- Whether you properly eliminate waste.
- Levels of good and bad bacteria (gut flora)
- Levels of yeasts such as candida
- Levels of digestive enzymes and stomach acid
- Check for presence of parasites
- Check the immune system within your gut
- Check for the difference between Inflammatory bowel disease or Irritable bowel syndrome.
If you answer “yes” to any of these questions digestive testing may be right for you.
√ Do you have Irritable bowel syndrome?
√ Do you frequently experience indigestion?
√ Do you suffer from constipation?
√ Do you often have unexplained diarrhea?
√ Do you experience gas and bloating?
√ Do you ever have abdominal pain?
√ Have you been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease?√ Do you have Ulcerative Colitis?
√ Do you have food allergies or sensitivities
√ Do you suffer from fatigue?
√ Do you consistently lack energy?
√ Do you have Fibromyalgia?
√ Do you have Rheumatoid arthritis?
√ Do you have an auto immune condition?|
√ Do you have poor skin or suffer from chronic skin conditions such as psoriosis or eczema?
√ Have you used antibiotics on occasion?
Digestive tests that may be right for you;
A great all round digestive test which check your ability to digest (break down) and absorb nutrients as well as checking levels of good and bad bacteria such as lactobacillus and bifidobacteria and yeasts such as candida but does not include the detection of intestinal parasites (See CDSAP below) .
This profile is commonly used to help improve digestion, absorption and to investigate other digestive concerns such as IBS, bloating, diarhoea .
In addition to all the above the CDSAP will test for intestinal parasites and and parasite eggs as well.
The CDSA 2.0 This test is the gold standard of digestive testing as along with checking digestion and absorption it will measure inflammation meaning it offers a non invasive risk assessment for colorectal cancer and will help to determine whether a problem is due to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). As well as using the latest markers for assessing pancreatic function. It is the test of choice for those with chronic GI problems, acute bowel pattern changes and for those with systemic diseases or a family history of inflammatory bowel disease such as Chron’s, colitis & diverticulitis.
CDSA2P - This test offers all of the benefits of the CDSA2.0 above but also includes detection of parasites and eggs
This test measures levels of good and bad baceria yeasts and parasites along with looking for the eggs of parasites. In additon a sensitivity panel for any bad bacteria or yeasts is included which means the lab grows some of your particular bad bacteria or yeast and treats it with natural and antibiotic agents to see which are the most effective for getting rid of the bad bacteria.
SIBO is now recognised as a leading cause of IBS and this simple test can be carried out at home.
This test is designed to differentiate between Irritable bowel syndrome and Inflammatory bowel disease as calprotectin plays an important part in the inflammatory process.
An overgrowth of the yeast candida can lead to many symptoms that are not only digestive such as bloating and wind, leaky gut, food intolerances.
Helicobacter pylori is a bacterial infection that is strongly linked to stomach and duodenal ulcers. This test can be used to confirm the presence of Helicobacter pylori or as it can be difficult to eradicate the test can be used to monitor the effectiveness of treatment. Breath or stool tests are available
Leaky gut syndrome is also known as intestinal permeability. A normal healthy gut lining allows certain molecules to pass across into the bloodstream such as vitamins, minerals and digested foods. It also acts as a barrier to prevent entry of larger damaging molecules, foreign particles and bacteria. A leaky gut is associated with digestive problems and food sensitivity.
Recurrent or chronic vaginitis is one of the most common reasons that women seek medical attention. Although vaginitis may be caused by a foreign organism, such as gonorrhea, far more cases arise from alterations in the vaginal environment that trigger inflammation. This test sheds light on the most common causes of vaginosis and also includes a sensitivity panel which check in the lab which agents are effective at eradicating any problem bacteria making sure the best and most effective treatment is followed.