How we can help
At Wellness Vision we specialise in gut health, especially Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO).
We can help you to understand which food and habits will have the most positive (or negative) effects on your digestive health, helping you to overcome or at least better manage many of the digestive disorders such as IBS, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (such as Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis), reflux, heartburn, constipation, diarrhoea (with or without urgency), excessive flatulence, halitosis (bad breath), bloating, food intolerances and abdominal pain. It is also important to note, that many “unrelated” health symptoms and chronic diseases can be caused by poor gut health, even when no gut symptoms are present!
SIBO is the main cause of IBS!
In fact, many IBS patients suffer from SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) which can be treated. SIBO is where normal healthy bacteria start growing in the relatively sterile small intestine. These bacteria usually moved in after an infection, such as traveller’s diarrhoea or food poisoning, however, they can also result from poor stomach acidity, certain medications and other causes of reduced gastric motility. The good news is that we can now test for SIBO, find out what type you have and treat you naturally to help overcome long-term gut health problems. SIBO can also cause leaky gut (or increased intestinal permeability), which in turn can cause food intolerances and inflammation, so if we remove the cause, we can usually heal these issues too.
Testing is important to determine the cause!
We have access to a range of functional gut health tests that can help us to identify food intolerances, poor digestion, bacterial overgrowth (including SIBO), leaky gut (or intestinal permeability), parasitic infections and bacterial imbalances.
We also now have access to genetic gut microbial testing – these tests can tell us the ratio of different bacterial types that we have in our gut (although they don’t tell us what part of the gut – that is where SIBO testing comes in). We can compare these ratios against healthy controls to see how close your “poo” is to “perfect” (or not). We can then give you suggestions to improve your ratios, if needed.
Genetic parasite testing and identification – this test can identify the main varieties of resident parasites (even if they are at low numbers). This used to be done (and still is unless specified) by visual inspection, no wonder many parasitic infections were missed!