Stool testing – what can you find out
Most people think ‘yuck’ when they are asked to do a stool test. Even though it does seem a bit strange you can find out just so much information from that test. There are also a variety of different tests varying in depth and cost. I prefer the CDSA with parasitology x 3. Yes it is the most expensive, but for an initial test it is good to get the most information.
In a nutshell it includes:
Levels of beneficial bacteria
Levels of imbalanced bacteria
Levels of bacteria that is causing dysbiosis in the gut
Yeast both cultured and under the microscope
For the dysbiotic bacteria, the bacteria is cultured and various treatments given to see what it responds to
How the fibre is being broken down in your large intestine
Any blood in the stool
Indicators of insufficent digestion of proteins, fats, fibre and carbohydrates
Inflammation particularly IBD and IBS
Immune system defence
Not quite as simple as any bad bugs in your poo, but a whole lot of information about the health of your digestion.
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