Today, more than ever, scientific studies have pointed to the utmost importance of a healthy gastrointestinal tract. Having a healthy and properly balance gut microbiome or gut flora has a massive effect on your immune system and is vital to staying healthy. An unhealthy state of this microbiome has also been found to be closely associated with a variety of conditions and diseases such as:
– Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS
– Celiac and other malabsorption disorders
– Autoimmune diseases
– Blood sugar problems and diabetes
– Weight gain and obesity
– Cardiovascular diseases
– Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBD
– Acid reflux and heartburn
– Depression and mood disorders
Microbiota are the collections of microbes that inhabit your body, both inside and outside, and this has significant impact on your health and how your body works. The human body usually carries as many as 1,000 species of microbial organisms—more than the entire number of cells in our bodies. Everything that we eat, drink, touch and affects the composition of our microbiota– even stress levels, gender, geography, health status and age can influence this composition.
Our immune system is greatly impacted by our gut health and serves as our first line of defense against disease and illness. In today’s chemical laden society where we are constantly being exposed to toxins, chemicals, pesticides and other harmful bacteria, oftentimes a breakdown of our immune systems can be closely linked to our microbiome. Our microbiome also affects our metabolic rate (which is the rate at which metabolism occurs in a living organism.) Metabolism is a biochemical process that determines how quickly your body converts calories into energy. Your basal metabolic rate is your resting rate. Problems such as an underactive thyroid, adrenal fatigue, stress, lack of sleep and an accumulation of toxins will affect your metabolic rate. Therefore, a healthy microbiome is critical—affecting not only digestion but also, mood, cognitive function, aging and our immune system as well.
The Enteric Nervous System
The Enteric Nervous System or ENS is located in your digestive system and is the link between digestion, mood and health. It basically releases enzymes that break down food and controls blood flow for nutrient absorption and elimination. For those people who have IBS, constipation, diarrhea, stomach pain, upset stomach and bloating, the irritation that this creates can actually cause mood swings by sending signals to the central nervous system. There is a much higher percentage of anxiety and depression in people with IBS and GI tract diseases and as much as 40 percent of the population suffer from some kind of gastrointestinal problem in their life.
GI Effects Testing
GI Effects Test is an innovative stool test that measures biomarkers of GI function and performance of the microbiome in your gut. This cutting-edge test helps to indicate not only your gut health, but your overall health as well. Once identified, better and more targeted treatment can be implemented in your individual health plan. Additionally, if there are pathogens present in your gut that may be causing illness, or if there is an improper balance of commensal and beneficial bacteria present, and/or also any risk factors relating to the microbiome, these will also be indicated through this test.
Comprehensive stool diagnostics provides an effective tool into gaining insight into those patients who are experiencing digestive issues, abnormalities or other autoimmune conditions and may well begin the recovery process once properly diagnosed and treated. The GI Effects Comprehensive Stool Profile is just one of the many tools used here in the treatment of patients suffering from compromised gut health.