testing for gut health

testing for gut health

Have you ever wondered what’s going on in your gut? Testing can be a great way to find out. I like to test, as it gives both myself and my patients information and direction as to what foods to remove, as well as which herbs and supplements to prescribe for their individual results.

Which test/s to run will depend on what symptoms my patients present with, if a patient has symptoms such as constipation, we may test for food intolerances, SIBO/Fructose and or run a microbiome mapping stool test. We may do one test at a time, or we may test everything at once, financially its easier on the pocket if we test one at a time. The beauty of doing it this way is that if it’s a food intolerance and that’s the first thing we test, we then remove the problematic foods as indicated by the test, if we get total resolution of the problem, yay that’s the only test we run.

If we remove the problematic foods as indicated by the test and we see no change, we can then make the call, that, even though the test showed you have an intolerance to a particular food, that food is not causing your problem, so we can rule it out as a contributing factor. We can then organise the next test, which may be SIBO/Fructose or microbiome mapping.

The beauty of testing everything at once, food intolerances, SIBO/Fructose and microbiome mapping, is that we have all of the information in front of us. We can immediately implement dietary changes and accurately prescribe herbal medicines and supplements according to the results. Testing everything at once also saves time and allows for the problematic foods to be reintroduced in a more timely fashion.

There are many different signs and symptoms of poor gut health. You may have one, or many of those signs and symptoms. Your symptoms can give us an excellent indication as to what to test for. The great thing about testing is you get results, you can then make the call to remove the particular foods or not, but at least you will know what’s going on. Sometimes it’s just about knowing what causing the gut distress, isn’t it.