GI Testing and Food Sensitivity Testing seem to be all the rage these days, but there’s good reason for this. Scientific studies have pointed out the utmost importance of a healthy gastrointestinal tract. Having a healthy and properly balanced gut microbiome has a significant impact on your immune system and is vital to staying healthy.
As more research is conducted, the outcomes are the same; an unhealthy gut microbiome is closely associated with a variety of adverse health conditions and diseases such as:
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Celiac Disease and other malabsorption disorders
- Leaky gut syndrome
- Autoimmune diseases
- Blood sugar fluctuation problems
- Insulin Resistance
- Weight gain and obesity
- Cardiovascular disease
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
- Acid reflux/heartburn
- Depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders
Why is GI Testing Important?
Microbiota are the collections of microbes that inhabit your body, both inside and out, and which have significant impact on your health and how your body functions. The human body usually carries as many as 1,000 species of microbial organisms on it or in it. Everything that you eat, drink, and come into contact with affects the composition of the microbiota. Even stress levels can influence this make-up. Other factors that contribute are gender, geography, overall health status, and age.
Because the immune system is so greatly impacted by the state of gut health, when the microbiome becomes weakened, health becomes compromised. Gi Testing identifies where and what the imbalances are in the biome so that those issues can be addressed.
There are different things that cause the gut microbiome to get out of whack. One of the most common is diet. The Standard American Diet consists largely of starches, sugars, and bad fats and is the biggest culprit in gut dysbiosis. Additionally, today’s society exposes us to toxins, chemicals, pesticides, and other harmful substances through all different sources. Often times, a breakdown of the immune system can be closely linked to the gut microbiome.
The microbiome also affects the metabolic rate, which is the rate at which metabolism occurs in a living organism. Metabolism is a biochemical process that determines how quickly the body converts calories into energy. The basal metabolic rate is your resting rate. Problems such as an underactive thyroid, adrenal fatigue, stress, and lack of sleep will all affect the metabolic rate. Therefore, a healthy microbiome is crucial and affects not only digestion, but also mood, cognitive function, the rate at which we age, and the immune system.
The Enteric Nervous System
The Enteric Nervous system is located in the digestive tract and is the link between digestion and mood and health. It basically releases enzymes that break down food and it controls blood flow for nutrient absorption and elimination. For people who have IBS and other digestive issues, the irritation that is occurring 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 disorders. As much as 40% of the population suffers from some type of gastrointestinal disorder in their life. GI Testing can be beneficial to pinpoint exactly where the problem lies so that it can be treated accurately.
GI Effects Test by Genova Diagnostics
The GI Effects Comprehensive Profile 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 provide insight to your gut health, and your overall health. Once specific issues are identified, more accurate and targeted treatment plans can be implemented in your individual health plan.
Additionally, this testing will indicate whether or not there are harmful pathogens present in your gut and will show imbalances between commensal and beneficial bacteria. Any other risk factors related to the microbiome will also be indicated through this test.
Comprehensive stool diagnostics provide an effective tool into gaining insight for 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 many tools used here in the treatment of patients suffering from compromised gut health and its related conditions.
Renewed Vitality also offers food sensitiviy testing for those patients who may have food sensitivities or allergies. Click here to learn more about the ALCAT test.