'All disease begins in the gut' - Hippocrates
Help me with:IBSCONSTIPATIONBLOATINGFOOD INTOLERANCESLOW FODMAP DIETSIBOPARASITEREFLUXGASTRITISTUMMY TROUBLE
I believe the gut really is the gateway to health. That being said, many of us have less than ideal gut function which can manifest as a whole host of frustrating and unwanted symptoms. Whether you're dealing with unresolved bloating, chronic constipation, an unreasonable amount of food intolerances, irritable bowel syndrome or a pesky parasite wreaking havoc, it's essential to identify and address the root cause of these symptoms.
It's not uncommon for patients to come into the clinic having been through the merry go round of other healthcare practitioners, various investigations, a handful of self prescribed herbs or nutrients yet still at a loss as to what's going on.
At Bodhi Wellness, I place a strong focus on gut health as I know how imperative it is to the functioning of every other system in your body.
When working with me to investigate the underlying causes of your digestive issues, we'll usually begin by running a stool test which is either a comprehensive digestive and stool analysis or microbiome mapping where through a stool sample we can identify any infections (think parasites, bacteria or yeast overgrowth), dysbiosis (imbalance of good and bad bacteria), uncover any hidden inflammation and check how your body is digesting and absorbing specific nutrients, This testing is done through specialised functional testing labs and is an excellent way of personalising treatment.
The following aspects of gut health can be evaluated be comprehensive stool analysis:
The bacteria that live in our gut (our microbiome) influence our health in so many ways. Understanding the basic composition of your gut bacteria can help identify whether dysbiosis (imbalance of good and bad gut bacteria) is present, and then allows us to supplement appropriately with prebiotics and strain specific probiotics where needed.
Gut infections & inflammation
Stool testing can indicate markers of inflammation, as well as identify any hidden bacterial, fungal, and parasitic infections which should be treated to address ongoing inflammation in the gut. After assessing inflammation we can then start to address potential food sensitivities or allergies.
Digestive Enzymes & Absorption
Looking at digestion and absorption markers can help identify when replacement is indicated although when gut function is compromised, temporary supplementation with digestive enzymes can be helpful to improve digestion and nutrient absorption regardless of what testing indicates.