A healthy gut impacts everything from mood and behavior, to memory and overall mental health. Good digestion is vital for absorption of nutrients. The gut has many neural receptors and is often called the “second brain”. Emotions also influence digestion and mindfulness during meal times with cheerful conversations will aid digestion. We recommend slow sips of water, tea, or wine with meals and remember to chew your food as digestion begins in the mouth.
There are several GI panels to evaluate digestion, absorption, gut flora, and the colonic environment -microbiome, along with a microscopic examination of parasites. Special laboratory profiles are indicated for all chronic GI problems, for acute bowel patternchanges and for many systemic diseases and provide a sensitivity panel for treating pathogenic flora.
The GI-MAP (Microbial Assay Plus) is unique in the field of comprehensive stool testing. It relies exclusively on quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) technology to detect parasites, bacteria, fungi, and more, by targeting the specific DNA of the organisms tested. Click here to learn more.
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