Intestinal permeability / Leaky gut Syndrome
Leaky Gut Syndrome, a condition that occurs when the gut lining becomes abnormally permeable (known as “intestinal hyper permeability”), is diagnosed (through a leaky gut test) when tiny gateway openings develop between your intestines and bloodstream, allowing things to pass through that are normally blocked — like toxins, undigested food particles and other harmful substances.
Leaky gut can result in numerous and widespread health problems, including:
- Autoimmune reactions and diseases
- Inflammatory bowel disease (including IBS and ulcerative colitis)
- Food allergies or sensitivities
- Skin disorders like eczema and psoriasis
- Arthritis and other body aches or pains
- Changes in mood, weight and appetite
Yeast Culture (Candida) Test
Do you ever experience any of these health issues?
- Cravings for sweets
- Bad breath
- White coat on tongue
- Brain fog
- Hormone imbalance
- Joint pain
- Loss of sex drive
- Chronic sinus and allergy issues
- Digestive problems (gas and bloating)
- Weak immune system
- UTI (Urinary Tract Infection)
Candida is a fungus that aids with nutrient absorption and digestion, when in proper levels in the body. When it overproduces, the typical candida symptoms may appear. In the digestive tract, left unchecked, it breaks down the walls of the intestinal lining and penetrates into the bloodstream. This releases by-product toxins and other toxins from your system, causing leaky gut syndrome.
When you body’s natural pH balance is upset, the candida can grow out of control, creating a systemic problem. Good healthy bacteria and a properly functioning immune system are essential when fighting this stubborn infection.
Lactose intolerance test (gold standard)
Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest lactose, a sugar found in milk and other dairy products, due to an insufficiency of an enzyme called lactase. The undigested sugar is fermented by bacteria in the bowel and the production of gases can lead to digestive complaints, including abdominal bloating and cramps, flatulence, diarrhoea and nausea after eating dairy.
SIBO – Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth
This simple, non–invasive, gastrointestinal test detects bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine. Small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a common gastrointestinal disorder that often underlies chronic gastrointestinal symptoms of maldigestion and malabsorption, including bloating, gas, diarrhoea, irregularity, and abdominal pain. The Bacterial Overgrowth of the Small Intestine Breath Test (SIBO) is appropriate for patients who demonstrate:
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), the most commonly diagnosed gastrointestinal disorder, affecting 20% of the general population. The SIBO test aids in identifying the actual cause of IBS. Studies suggest that as many as 50-75% of patients with IBS have SIBO.
- Unexplained abdominal symptoms, especially gas and bloating.
- The inability to tolerate sweet or starchy foods, fibre, or friendly flora supplements.
Comprehensive stool analysis with parasitology (3 days)
Gastrointestinal complaints are among the most common in medical care. This comprehensive profile helps pinpoint the causes of gastrointestinal symptoms and chronic systemic conditions, and measures key markers of digestion, absorption and inflammation. This test is useful for:
- Gastrointestinal Symptoms.
- Food Sensitivities.
- Nutritional Deficiencies.
- Joint Pain
Helicobacter Pylori (H Pylori) breath test
Urea breath testing for H. pylori is a clinically accepted, non-invasive, non-endoscopic test that identifies the presence of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacteria, a common cause of digestive illness
Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), the most common cause of stomach ulcers, is a type of bacteria responsible for widespread infection with more than 50% of the world’s population infected, even though most of those infected have no symptoms. H. pylori infection is associated with low grade inflammation of the stomach and duodenum.
For those people with symptoms, an inflamed stomach and ulcers are the results of an H. pylori infection. These are characterized by:
- Upper abdominal pain
- Loss of appetite/desire to eat
- Nausea and vomiting
- If severe enough, bleeding into the gastrointestinal tract
Abdominal pain is usually described as a burning sensation in the central upper abdomen below the ribs. It may be associated with bloating, burping, and loss of appetite. Often the symptoms occur after eating, and many times patients waken in the early morning hours with abdominal pain.