The importance of a healthy, fully functioning gastrointestinal system cannot be underestimated. With new information and research being done in this important area of health and wellness, scientific literature has associated gut microbiome or gut flora with many diseases and conditions, including:
* Celiac and Other Malabsorption Disorders
* Autoimmune diseases
* Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS
* Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBD
* Acid Reflux and Heartburn
* Blood Sugar Issues and Diabetes
* Excessive Weight Gain and Obesity
* Cardiovascular Disease
* Depression and Mood Disorders
Importance of Healthy Gut Microbiome
Basically, your gut is the frontline of defense of your immune system, which is constantly being exposed to toxins, chemicals, pesticide residues, bacteria and more. The processes that take place in your gut can affect your central nervous system, brain, and even your moods. The microbiota are the various collections of microbes that live in and on your body and significantly influence how your body operates. There are almost 1,000 species of microbial organisms called microbiome in the human gastrointestinal tract which are greater than the number of cells in our bodies. The microbiome is directly involved in most of our daily metabolic functions. Everything you consume can influence the composition of your microbiota. Stress, age, gender, health status, geography and many other factors can as well.
Microbiomes also affect your metabolic rate (which is the rate at which metabolism occurs in a living organism). Metabolism is a biochemical process that governs how quickly you turn calories into energy. The rate at which you burn fat when you are resting is called your basal metabolic rate. What you eat and drink, accumulation of toxins in your body, under-active thyroid, adrenal fatigue, stress and even not getting enough sleep will affect your metabolic rate. These are all tied to your overall gut health. To learn more about how gut health affects the endocrine system, click here.
Microbiome’s role in our body’s operation is so important that it acts like an organ– impacting mood, cognitive function, aging, digestion and our immune system.
The Enteric Nervous System
Your Enteric Nervous system or ENS, is hidden in the walls of your digestive system and is the link between your digestion, mood, and health. Its main job is controlling digestion and releasing enzymes that break down food and control blood flow that helps with nutrient absorption and elimination. The ENS triggers can create big emotional shifts in patients suffering with IBS, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, pain and an upset stomach and researchers are learning that irritation in the gastrointestinal system may send signals to the central nervous system and create mood swings and changes. Currently, a higher percentage of people with IBS and GI tract diseases develop anxiety and depression and it is estimated that approximately 30 to 40 percent of the population suffers from functional bowel problems at some point in their lives.
GI Effects Testing
GI Effects is an innovative stool test measuring premier biomarkers of gastrointestinal function, providing valuable clinical insight into digestive performance, gut inflammation, and the gut microbiome — areas affecting not only GI health, but overall health as well. GI testing and normalizing GI function helps to pinpoint imbalances in your gut to better treat your overall health.
The GI Effects Comprehensive Stool Profile is an important clinical tool in the management of symptoms and illnesses associated with a compromised GI tract. The GI Effects test is a stool test that measures premiere biomarkers of gastrointestinal function. It measures how your digestive system is performing, if there is inflammation, the general gut microbiome and how your GI health is affecting not only your gut heath but your overall health as well. The test will also show if there are specific pathogens present that may be causing illness, the balance of commensal and beneficial bacteria that may be contributing to symptoms and risk factors relating to the microbiome.
When should the GI Effects Comprehensive Stool Profile be considered?
GI Effects assesses three critical areas of gut health: digestive function, gut inflammation, and the gut microbiome—areas affecting not only GI health, but overall health as well. For patients with symptoms that may have gastrointestinal dysfunction as their root cause, comprehensive stool diagnostics provide an effective tool for gaining clinical insight into next steps. When a patient is experiencing digestive issues or abnormalities or other autoimmune conditions, GI Effects Testing may help to open the door to recovery.
Assessing and normalizing GI function can have profound effects on overall health, leading to improvement in these and other conditions. The GI Effects® Comprehensive Stool Profile is a critical clinical tool used by our providers in the treatment of patients presenting with symptoms that can be associated with compromised gut health.
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