2000 years ago Hippocrates said: “All disease begins in the gut.” Slowly but surely modern medicine is verifying this old wisdom. Our intestines are the largest organ to come in contact with the outside world, our environment. It’s the organ that absorbs life important nutrients and is also the space where pathogenic organisms enter our body. At the same time, it is also a great source of stress and inflammation, which affect the entire body. What is new however are the studies of connections between intestinal bacteria health, body composition and brain functions. If it is this important then we should analyse it correctly. The comprehensive digestive stool analysis the best stool test offers just that.
What is Doctor’s Data comprehensive stool analysis stool test?
Doctor’s Data comprehensive stool analysis is a test that takes samples of you stool and observes the following:
- Intestinal flora (tested for each major group of bacteria separately):
- What kind and how much of good intestinal flora you have (for example, Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria),
- What kind and how much of unbalanced intestinal flora you have (for example, Klebsiela),
- What kind and how much of pathogenic intestinal flora you have (for example, Yersinia and Salmonella),
- Bowel yeast
- Identification of over 150 different types of yeast (like candida),
- Microscopic examination of stool samples for yeast spores (should the type identification fail we can always determine the overgrowth in this step),
- Identification of ova or parasites in three individual samples and determination of quantity (for example, Blastocystis Hominis),
- The presence of red or white blood cells in stool, which would indicate an inflammation of the presence of pathogenic organisms such as parasites even if they weren’t clearly identified,
- Tests for Giardia Duodenalis and Cryptosporidium,
- Digestive function
- Analysing digestive enzymes which help determine the activity of the pancreas,
- Analysing the presence of fats, proteins, fibres and carbohydrates in the stool, which represents how well you absorb them,
- Inflammation markers
- Inflammatory markers that are connected with IBD (chronic inflammatory bowel diseases), two of those are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (for example, lactoferrin and calprotectin),
- Secretory IgA is tested
- Short-chain fatty acids
- Like butyrate, which is a product of fibre fermentation by intestinal flora and serves as an energy substrate for the functioning of the intestinal wall,
- General indicators of bowel health
- Such as blood in the stool and pH levels,
- Helicobacter pylori
- Additionally, you can also test for the helicobacter pylori antigen, our test is much more reliable than any other of its kind.
If we find any pathogenic organisms, we can also determine how susceptible they are to treatment with drugs and herbal antimicrobials and therefore remove them easier.
When should I take the comprehensive stool analysis?
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS),
- Chronic Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), this includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis,
- leaky gut,
- heartburn and reflux (GERD),
- chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia,
- restless legs syndrome,
- celiac disease and diverticulitis,
- depression, dementia, anxiety, panic attacks,
- Parkinson’s disease,
- autoimmune diseases (for example, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.),
- elevated cholesterol,
- weight loss problems,
- unexplained health problems.
How is stool testing done?
You receive the test via mail. The package includes: stool collection containers, test tubes with conservation liquids and a small spoon, gloves and all necessary documentation with instructions and labels for marking samples.
The instructions describe the diet preparation for the test. It’s not very strict but you do have to exclude some foods and medicine (like laxatives, probiotics and probiotic foods) which can have an impact on the results.
When you are prepared you follow the detailed instructions and fill up the test tubes with stool samples. You have to take three samples so the test can be accurate. All samples must be packed back into the box they came in. Then a currier from a special postal service, which specializes in transporting biological samples expressly, picks up the package. You don’t have any extra work with this as I handle everything from here on out.
When the lab receives the samples they test them. You then receive the results in about two to three weeks.
After analysing your results, we can determine your intestinal health and I can propose a plan for the removal of pathogenic organisms, the reduction of inflammations and the establishment of normal intestinal flora and the optimal function of the intestines.
Is conducting the stool test difficult and do I have to prepare myself additionally for it?
The test is very simple. It only requires you to handle the stool carefully, so that you don’t contaminate it with urine or toilet water. Then you have to transfer the stool from a plastic container to a test tube (with the special liquid) and shake it thoroughly.
After that’s done you write your information on the labels so that the samples don’t get mixed during the analysis.
It’s that simple.
However, you do have to prepare yourself for the test. You may not eat probiotics or probiotic foods, take antibiotics or laxatives, have unexplained diarrhoea and take some other drugs two weeks prior to the test. I will send you a detailed list of things you should avoid.
You must eat enough fats three days prior to the test so that we can properly asses their absorption. No hard task to do.
If any problems occur during the test you can always contact me personally so that I can help you out.
What do the stool test results look like?
You will receive the test results in the form of a chart which indicates the amount of bacteria or inflammatory markers. All results will be accompanied by brief analysis, but do not worry I will explain and interpret the full analysis to your full understanding.
What to expect after the stool test?
The test will show whether there is a pathogenic organism in your body, if the intestines are inflamed, or there are deficiencies in digestion and food absorption, and more. Based on these results I will devise a plan to clean your intestine and restore the healthy intestinal flora.
The plans vary greatly and can last from 14 days to 3 months.
Test results may confirm the causes for your disease or malaise, on the other hand they might give additional information about precautionary steps you should take to reduce your risk for chronic modern-day diseases and optimize your well-being, motivationand efficiency.
SIBO or Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth