Bloating? Gas? Upset stomach? Understanding Naturopathic testing and your digestive health
As Naturopathic Physicians, we understand the importance of healthy digestion, and the role it plays in immune function, skin health, fertility (through healthy detoxification), healthy aging and weight management. Irregularity, bloating, indigestion, painful gas, constipation or diarrhea is a sign that your digestive system is not functioning optimally.
What are possible causes of digestive upset, and how do we test for them?
- Food Sensitivity Testing: A simple blood test or finger prick can determine your level of reactivity to over 95 foods, spices, and Candida. Many extended healthcare plans cover food sensitivity testing. Common symptoms are those described above, but can also include skin conditions, arthritic pain, migraine headaches and fatigue.
- Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO): The diagnosis of SIBO has become increasingly more common with patients experiencing digestive upset. High sugar intake, antibiotic use and the standard North American diet can increase the growth of abnormal bacteria in the gut. A breath test allows us to measure the amount of hydrogen and methane producing bacteria in the gut, and the appropriate dietary and herbal protocol can eradicate the problem.
- Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis: This comprehensive test examines stool for ova and parasites; enzymes, ingested food and markers of inflammation. This detailed test gives you all of the information you need to know regarding stool components.
Testing can provide you with many answers regarding your digestive health. Many extended healthcare plans cover naturopathic medicine and testing.