Breath Test for Bacterial Overgrowth in the Small Intestine
Tutorial for Completion of the Test
Genova Laboratory offers a very efficient breath test that you can do at home that gives invaluable information as to whether you have an overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria in your Small Intestine.
Unlike testing for any overgrowth of pathogens in the large intestine, its not possible to do a home stool test. The breath test is the answer.
An overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine can indicate IBS Irritable Bowel Syndrome or other serious digestive disorders which may lead to the inability to absorb nutrients properly and this can lead to many health problems. To make things more complicated, the symptoms of small intestine overgrowth often mimic other disorders so its hard to detect.
Why a Breath Test?
The test measures both hydrogen and methane that is produced by bacteria in the small intestine. When there are higher levels of these gases in the breath, it shows that there is an increase in the growth of bacteria in the small intestine.
Once the overgrowth has been detected it’s possible to create a protocol of dietary changes and supplementation of probiotics, anti-microbials and other supplements that can be used to treat the overgrowth.
Why the Tutorial for doing the Breath Test?
People often have trouble understanding the intricacies of preparing for taking the test at home. Genova’s new Tutorial Video Takes the Guesswork Out of Specimen Collection.
Genova breath test for Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth Instruction is a youtube video and shows very simply how to do it.
Here is a sample report that you receive once the test is done. It’s very easy to understand it and make the evaluation – if the methane and hydrogen gases are elevated, that will indicate that you have a problem with bacterial overgrowth.
Genova says: “We’re confident it will help their collection process so they can focus on what is really important… getting better.”