The Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis offers a comprehensive look at the overall health of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The original non-invasive evaluation of gastrointestinal function that includes analyses of digestion, absorption, bacterial balance, and yeast. This gastrointestinal test profile is recommended for patients with diffuse and non-specific GI-related symptoms such as IBS, indigestion, dysbiosis, constipation, and diarrhea.
Digestive Complaints are Among the Most Common Reasons that Individuals Seek Medical Care
Evidence suggests that both local and systemic health issues may begin as imbalances in GI function. This diagnostic gastrointestinal stool test provides immediate, actionable clinical information for the estimated 50% of all patients seen by primary care practitioners who have GI complaints including IBS.
Consequences of Imbalanced Gastrointestinal Health:
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can be the result of maldigestion, malabsorption, dysbiosis, and/or inflammation
- Maldigestion can result in GI symptoms such as gas, bloating, abdominal pain, constipation or diarrhea
- Chronic maldigestion can lead to bacterial/fungal overgrowth and alterations in gut permeability. Toxins and large molecules that escape the intestinal barrier can enter the general circulation, inflame the liver, burden the body’s detoxification system, and increase the risk for food allergies, joint disease, and imbalances in overall health.
- Malabsorption can lead to deficiencies of nutrients, proteins, carbohydrates and fats. This can result in long term health complications such as anemia, malnutrition, impaired metabolism and other diseases, such as osteoporosis.
- Chronic dysbiosis can lower the levels of beneficial short chain fatty acids and alter bacterial metabolic activity, thereby increasing the risk of carcinogenesis, hormonal imbalance and GI inflammation.
- Altered GI immune function and exposure to bacterial pathogens can lead to diarrhea, mucosal inflammation, intestinal permeability, toxin production and auto-immune disorders.