Genova’s GI Effects Stool Test is the Best

I’m sold on Genova Lab’s GI Effects Stool Test.  It really is the best …and I’ll tell you why.

I’ve been using this lab for over 30 years now, if you can believe that.  They’ve really made great strides in staying up-to-date by including state-of the-art testing options in this test. I started using GI Effects profile a lot recently and find it to be extremely informative.

In previous years, their stool tests that  I ran for my patients were cultures only. Now they make use of PCR testing as well. You see anaerobic organisms don’t grow in culture, so having DNA testing is far more accurate.

What is PCR testing?

DNA Sequencing used in GI Effects Stool test
PCR stands for Polymerase Chain Reaction.

It is used to amplify selected sections of DNA or RNA for analysis. Previously, this procedure required cloning of the segments of interest into vectors for expression in bacteria. It took weeks.

But now, PCR is done in test tubes. It only takes a few hours. This means that this advanced stool test is able to provide immediate, actionable clinical information.

It helps in evaluating the course of action needed to manage various types of gut conditions like irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS, Crohns, Colitis IBD and other Malabsorption Disorders

Their PCR molecular assay is optimized for stool testing. It assesses 24 commensal bacteria associated in scientific literature with health and disease. It gives us valuable insight into the human microbiome.

I’m also very impressed by the enhanced test reporting that they do. On the very first page there’s an overview that you can understand at a glance. It highlights biomarkers in three main areas of gut health: Infection, Inflammation, and Metabolic Imbalance. This makes it very easy for lay people to understand and to see what areas need attention.

I also like that the GI Effects Comprehensive Profile includes very important markers:

(a) Calprotectin.
This is an invaluable biomarker that can effectively differentiate between Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).

(b) Ova & Parasite Detection.
They use the gold standard for parasite identification.

You can choose as to whether you want a 1 or 3 day collection, based on how likely there is an issue relating to parasitic infection.

If low or no suspicion of parasites, then a one day sample is adequate.

Only if there is a high likelihood of parasites that a 3-day sample collection is needed.

Add-On Options to GI Effects Stool Test

I like the way they make certain valuable add-ons available.

Some pathogenic bacteria testing can be extremely expensive. So, by excluding them in the original test, but offering them as ‘add-on’s’ is a great idea.

The specific bacteria add-on tests that can be run are:

  • Clostridium difficile,
  • Campylobacter,
  • Escherichia coli EIA,
  • Helicobacter pylori EIA and
  • Fecal Lactoferrin.

Zonulin Tests for Intestinal Permeability

Their most recent add-on is Zonulin.

Zonulin is a protein modulator of intestinal tight junctions that is used to assess intestinal permeability.

Up until now, the only way we could test for intestinal permeability was by using a stand alone test … another expense and not a very pleasant procedure.

We had to drink pre-measured amounts of lactulose and mannitol and then evaluate the degree of intestinal permeability or malabsorption that was reflected in the levels of the two sugars recovered in a urine sample that needed to be collected over the next 6 hours.

We know from recent peer-reviewed literature about the significant role that intestinal permeability plays in many chronic gut problems, particularly Leaky Gut with symptoms like bloating, gas and cramps.

Intestinal Permeability will also have an impact on IBS, food sensitivities, joint pains, skin rashes and auto immune conditions.

Then there’s added problems associated with intestinal permeability for Cardio-metabolic diseases like type 1 and 2 diabetes, obesity, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and even insulin resistance.

Being able to add the Zonulin test on to the GI Effects Profile is a win. One less test, added financial savings and less hassle.

 

Need Relief From Allergies? Test For Leaky Gut

Food Allergies or Intolerances May be a Result of Leaky Gut

Food IntolerancesA leaky gut refers to intestinal permeability, or the movement of toxins and undigested food particles through the intestinal lining into the bloodstream.

The intestinal lining can become damaged due to many factors:

  • persistent inflammation (often the case after vaccinations due to mercury or other toxic exposure),
  • overgrowth of Candida/yeast
  • parasites
  • chemicals in processed food
  • food dyes
  • enzyme deficiency
  • NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen),
  • prescription corticosteroids
  • diet of highly refined carbohydrates; cookies, pasta, bread and processed foods
  • chemotherapy and radiation treatments

All of these things are contributing factors to what is known as “leaky gut.”

Once the lining of the intestinal tract is compromised food particles begin to seep through into the bloodstream. These undigested proteins and fats can be seen by the immune system as foreign invaders to attack. This can result in autoimmune disorders, developed allergies, and inflamed organs and tissues of the body and brain. This is how we develop allergies to foods that we previously were not allergic to.

Available At-Home Testing for Leaky Gut

Uncomfortable procedures to check for gut inflammation are a thing of the past. Today there are convenient, at-home tests for multiple issues. Genova, at-home, diagnostic tests offer a multitude of various tests to assess numerous issues from inflammation to intestinal permeability, parasitology, and much more.

Tests can be done with a simple stool, urine, or saliva sample. They can give information about IgA antibodies (gluten allergens), fungus, and more.

These tests can be done from home, are mailed off to the lab, and results come to you via e-mail. There are qualified professionals available to help you with the results.

For more information on how to heal a Leaky Gut Click Here.

Do You Know What Dysbiosis is?

You may have heard this term in relation to gut health and wondered what it exactly does it mean.

It means “microbial imbalance on or inside the body”.  This can be the root cause of many health problems, particularly when there is dysbiosis in the gut. Since the gut controls the brain and the immune system, one can only imagine what havoc it brings upon us when it’s out of balance.

Our gut contains millions of bacteria. Some good and some bad. It is important to have the right balance of bacteria so our bodies can function well. If the bacteria is out of wack, we can experience a wide array of very unpleasant symptoms.

What are the Symptoms of Dysbiosis?

    • Gastrointestinal problems such as yeast overgrowth (candida), IBS, food allergies, gas and bloating
    • Urinary problems such as chronic urinary tract infections
    • Chronic colds/coughs, and ear infections
    • Lack of energy
    • Rashes, including eczema, hives, rosacea, and acne.
    • Respiratory problems such as asthma, sinusitis, allergies.

What Causes Dysbiosis:

  • Poor Diet
  • Exposure to toxins
  • Too many antibiotics
  • Stress

Too often people just address one or two of these causes. In order for your symptoms to go away permanently it’s crucial to pay attention to all issues which cause imbalance.

First and foremost, uncover what the root cause of your symptoms are by taking a simple at home gut test. We like the tests offered by Genova and Doctors Data. These kits can be ordered based on what symptoms you are experiencing. If you need help determining what test is right for you just give us a call and we are happy to help.

How Can I Get My Gut Bacteria Back in balance?

Diet can be the most important factor in relieving dysbiosis. Eat whole foods that come from the ground and eliminate processed foods and sugar. We recommend the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. This Diet works by addressing the root cause of digestive disease. It heals the gut by calming down the  inflammation and re-balancing the gut bacteria.

Read more about the Specific Carbohydrate Diet by clicking here. Choose the version of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet that’s custom fit for your needs. Once you start the SCD it will become second nature. For ideas on what to make for meals give the Specific Carbohydrate Diet Recipe Book a try.

Alleviate stress by incorporating breathing techniques, meditation or yoga into your daily routine. There are many ways to incorporate stress reduction techniques in as little as five minutes a day. Check out some of the apps which can be downloaded on your phone for easy to use guided mediations and breathing exercises while you’re on the go.  Visit the Stress Help Center web site. There is a very cost effective special offer on the 8 Week Module. This simple to use program provides instruction which can done at your desk or your most comfortable living room chair.

Have you taken antibiotics in the last year?

Always supplement with probiotics during and after a course of antibiotics. The antibiotics clear out all your good gut bacteria. Microbiologist Kiran Krishnan has been researching gut health for over 10 years. His clinical trials show that just one course of antibiotics will eliminate all your good gut bacteria. If you do nothing to build up the good bacteria it can take over a year for your gut to return to normal.

During the cold and flu season you want your immune system functioning at optimal levels. Don’t waste any time in replenishing your good bacteria and building up your immune system. We advise our clients to take the Perfect Pass Probiotic before and during antibiotic use. For best results to rebuilding your immunity add Perfect Pass Immune Support after a course of antibiotics.

Can You Detox Naturally?

If you have a build up of toxins that is causing your symptoms consider detoxing with natural agents. Good Gut Solution recommends HVS Detoxosodes for removing specific toxins such as heavy metals, chemicals, parasites, molds and tobacco. Customize your detoxification program once you have your test results. Call us if you have any questions.

This Is What You Need To Do To Detox

It is that time of year when everyone is thinking or talking about detoxing. Some people like to do fasts, others juice cleanses. Everyone’s heard about the Master Cleanse, that’s the one where you drink water mixed with lemon, cayenne and maple syrup. A lot of doctors actually think the the Mater Cleanse is dangerous as it doesn’t give the body the nutrients it needs to support it. While you detox it’s important to nourish your body and support your liver function.

What if I told you that you could detox without adhering to a special diet?

That sounds good, right? Well, you can actually. You can detox easily and effectively while you continue to eat a balanced diet. Of course you should still eat a clean diet, with hormone free and chemical free proteins and organic fruits and vegetables. It goes without saying that you should also avoid sugar and processed foods while you are detoxing.

How can you detox in a safe, healthy way without starving yourself or depriving yourself of key nutrients?

One way to do it is by using homeopathics to detox. The HVS Homeopathic line was created 30 years ago by Dr. Kratz. His formulations are designed to rid your body of toxins at a cellular level. Each formulation is prepared with five potencies in a pure water base, totally harmless for your body and without side effects.

It was after Allen Kratz, PharmD explored the depths of both conventional and complementary medicine that he developed a therapeutic line of formulas to eliminate harmful substances from the body such as heavy metals, chemicals, parasites, molds and tobacco. Down the road these toxins may contribute to health problems.

How do homeopathics work?

The homeopathic line from Kratz is made up of individualized formulas called Detoxosodes. It works under the assumption that the “toxin” in the formula will affect the body by “training” it to recognize the harmful substance and ultimately purging it. The formulas contain small amounts of the substance that have been targeted for elimination.

The usual protocol is to take the Detoxosode for about two weeks to clear the unwanted substance and return your body back to homeostasis.

Dr. Kratz also designed Adaptosode and Biosode homeopathic formulations to serve as a support system while you detox. The Adaptasode formulas are also used for relief of fatigue, weariness, and to assist your body systems while purging these nasty invaders. The Biosode formulas are designed to support cell regeneration during this process.

The formulations created by HVS can be chosen to customize a cleanse.  Click Here for a complete list of HVS Detoxosode formulas.  

It is important that you are working with a health care practitioner to guide you in this process. Call us and we can recommend which formulas are right for you. The homeopathic line of HVS Detoxosodes are only available by phone oder.

If homeopathics are not right for you Garden of Life has a great one week Raw Cleanse Kit.

If you suspect you have toxins or parasites that are at the cause of your symptoms it’s a good idea to take a home test to get to the bottom of what unwanted organisms are in your system. Click here for the compete line of Doctors Data  and Genova at home tests.

Do You Have Leaky Gut? Find Out

What is Leaky Gut?

In a nut shell it’s intestinal permeability. People with leaky gut experience symptoms within a short time after eating.  Symptoms like stomach upset, gas, bloating and fatigue.

How Does Leaky Gut Happen?

Leaky gut occurs when your gut lining breaks down. This allows proteins, gluten, undigested foods and even bad bacteria to leak into your bloodstream.

What happens next?

Your body creates an immune response; this response is what causes you to feel ill after you eat and lethargic.

Leaky gut left over time causes your body to be in a constant state of inflammation.  Left untreated this inflammation contributes to chronic illness such as cardiovascular disease, cancer,  auto-immune disorders, mood disorders, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and allergies.

What Causes Leaky Gut?

Leaky Gut can be caused by any of number of things. Here’s the most common:

  • poor diet
  • alcohol
  • stress
  • antibiotics
  • intestinal bugs
  • sugar

What’s the Solution?

First and foremost, find out about your gut health.  If you think you may  have Leaky Gut; take the at home Genova Lab Intestinal Permeability urine test. If you do have Leaky Gut start by repairing the gut.

Leaky Gut Formula has been shown to be extremely helpful in repairing the gut lining. Also, consider Intestinal Repair Capsules.

Crowd out the bad bacteria with good bacteria. Start taking a Probiotic and a Prebiotic. Leaky Gut responds extremely well to the combination of PerfectPass Prebiotic and PerfectPass Probiotic. Together they increase your good bacteria diversity as well as help to eliminate bad bacteria.

Give your digestive tract a break so it can focus on repair by using digestive enzymes; Perfect Pass Digestive Enzymes help digest  food when taken with meals and will reduce inflammation when taken between meals.

Now, take a look at your diet choices.

A very close look.

Are you eating refined carbohydrates, processed convenience foods or foods with hidden sugars.

With a Leaky Gut, these foods will continue to wreak havoc on your system and you will have a tough time healing.

Check out this book by Elaine Gottschall; Breaking the Vicious Cycle. This is an excellent resource for recipes and tips on how to reduce inflammation and heal your gut through foods.

In the meantime for more information on Leaky Gut, watch this short video of Microbiologist Kiran Krishnan. Kiran explains how they  performed a clinical trial measuring the toxic response of persons with Leaky Gut Syndrome before and after taking a 60 day course of probiotics. The trial participants were cured of their intestinal permeability after the 60 days! The spores of probiotics are the same soil based spores that you can find in Perfect Pass Probiotics.