Digestive Function Testing
The digestive system is the primary way that we bring in new energy to our bodies, and is responsible for the breakdown and conversion of food into energy. When digestion is impacted by stress, whether emotional, dietary, or pathogenic, our primary source of energy is undermined. Additionally, chronic stress will weaken the function of the digestive tract, lowering immunity, increasing toxicity, causing weight gain, and increasing inflammation body-wide.
Digestive Pathogen Screening:
These screening tests looks for any kind of pathogenic influence that might be reducing digestive function, and gives specific results that guide the treatment and restoration of digestive health. Often it is preferable to run two digestive pathogen screens side by side, as these tests are looking for hard to find, chronic, hidden infections, and although they are very sensitive and the best diagnostic tools available for this purpose, they are not perfect. The tests below are listed in order of preference.
These highly sensitive stool analyses looks for a wide variety of pathogens commonly found in the digestive tract:
GI Pathogen Screen with H. pylori Antigen
GI Effects Comprehensive Stool Analysis
Food Sensitivity and Allergy Screening:
These screening tests use advanced methods to determine not only full blown allergies to foods, but a wide array of sensitivities to the most common food allergens. They include options for evaluating gluten sensitivity, gluten cross-reactive foods, and also evaluating the integrity of the intestinal lining to determine the presence of intestinal permeability, aka leaky gut.
Intestinal Antigenic Permeability Screen: Leaky gut allows undigested food particles, bacteria, and other pathogens to escape into the bloodstream where they can trigger allergies, sensitivities, and inflammation in other parts of the body. This test pinpoints which of these is causing leaky gut so your practitioner knows what to specifically target for faster and more efficient gut repair.
Wheat/Gluten Proteome Reactivity and Autoimmunity: Being Gluten Sensitive isn’t as black-and-white as once thought. There is a wide spectrum of sensitivity that occurs, and there are several different proteins that can cause reactivity in different individuals. This advanced testing can accurately identify Gluten Reactivity by measuring antibody production against 9 wheat proteins and peptides and 3 essential structure enzymes.
Gluten-Associated Cross-Reactive Foods and Foods Sensitivity: In cross-reactivity, the body may mistake another food for gluten and react accordingly. Array 4 tests for 24 different foods that may be causing cross-reactivity or are newly introduced to the diet or over-consumed favorites. This test can identify additional dietary proteins to which the Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitive (NCGS) or Celiac disease (CD) patient is sensitized; detect cross-reactions in the patient non-responsive on a gluten-free diet categorize the 1-in-2 NCGS or CD patient who is also sensitive to dairy products.
Multiple Food Sensitivity Screen (180 Real-World Food Antigens, Cooked, Raw and Modified): This test is designed to evaluate immune reactions to foods, raw and/or modified, food enzymes, lectins and food additives, including meat glue, artificial colorings and gums. It is also used for early detection of dietary-related triggers of autoimmune reactivity, and for monitoring the effectiveness of customized dietary protocols.