Digestive Health Testing

Wellness Vision, Newcastle

Gut Health Testing and Microbiome Stool Analysis

Digestive issues are not normal and need to be addressed for long-term health

Uncover the cause of your digestive symptoms

Do you need to plan your day around having access to the nearest toilet? Has your diet became more limited, as you worry about what you can eat without bloating or abdominal pain? Unfortunately, these issues are becoming more common with more and more people suffering from bowel issues such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is the diagnosis given to someone with gut symptoms, where no cause can be found.

Common symptoms of IBS include:

  • bloating
  • abdominal pain
  • cramping
  • constipation and/or diarrhoea
  • urgency and/or incomplete motions
  • flatulence
  • heart burn / reflux
  • fecal incontinence
  • burping
  • food intolerances or sensitivities

You may have been told that there is no known cause, you will likely have the condition for life and will have to learn to live with it, but this is rarely the case.

Mainstream approaches often fail to find the cause of these disorders and merely treat the symptoms. However, long-term digestive health issues increase your risk of virtually all chronic health conditions. For example, you may have been told you have IBS and to take a laxative for constipation, an antacid for reflux, a muscle relaxant for abdominal cramps and so on. Although these treatments can be effective for short-term acute relief, they should not be relied on for long-term care and will usually make the condition worse.

Your symptoms are there for a reason and a warning sign that something is out of balance. Finding the cause of your symptoms through gut health testing is by far the best long-term approach.

Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) is one of the main causes of IBS. SIBO can occur when something upsets your digestive balance, such as after a bout of food poisoning or a course of medication. Normal bacteria that are meant to live in your large intestine, may take advantage of the situation and start growing in your small intestine (or stomach). These bacteria can damage your intestinal cells and cause a range of symptoms.

SIBO can cause:

  • Poor nutrient absorption (especially iron and B12)
  • Leaky gut (or intestinal permeability – a risk factor for auto-immune diseases)
  • Food intolerances (due to a leaky gut and impaired digestion)
  • Poor digestion (such as lactose intolerance)
  • Increased toxin absorption (as many of these bacteria can produce toxins which can cause liver congestion, fatigue, brain fog, hormone imbalances and a host of other symptoms)

We specialise in gut health testing and will strive to not only find the cause of your digestive issues but help you overcome them and eventually be able to eat a wide variety of foods. This is important, as limiting foods such as fibre (or FODMAP) foods long-term will reduce the diversity of your gut bacteria and this will further negatively impact your gut, as well as the health of your whole body (and mind).

Poor gut health is linked to:

  • Depression
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Weight gain (or excessive weight loss)
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes Type 1 and 2
  • Skin conditions (eczema, dermatitis, acne)
  • Liver disease
  • ADHD, poor concentration and behaviour
  • Endometriosis
  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • And much more, actually I believe that all diseases are affected by gut health

We have access to a wide range of gut health & microbiome tests through specialist laboratories including:

  • Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) breath testing
  • Fructose Intolerance Testing
  • Intestinal permeability testing (to screen for leaky gut)
  • Genetic Microbiome Testing (this is far superior to culture-based methods)
  • Parasite testing (using DNA technology)
  • Food intolerance testing (available in-clinic or through specialist labs in the USA and Germany)
  • Complete digestive stool analysis
  • Helicobacter pylori breath testing (associated with heartburn/ulcers)
  • Gluten sensitivity testing and Coeliac gene testing
  • Secretory IgA testing (an important component of mucosa immunity – i.e. gut, urinary-genital tract, respiratory infections etc)
  • Colon transit testing (an easy test you can do at home)

The gut health testing that you require will depend on your symptoms and any tests that have previously been performed. We do not believe in ordering unnecessary tests and will offer you alternatives such as dietary challenges and home testing; however testing can help to pinpoint issues easily and can also be a great way of monitoring your progress.