GI function is important for general health. GI health is key in digestion, nutrient usage, and ridding the body of waste and pathogens. Poor digestion and malabsorption can lead to immune dysfunction, nutritional insufficiencies, and various disease states. Poor GI function can also lead to food allergies and other toxicities.
Why Use Stool Analysis?
Gastrointestinal function is important for general health. The intestinal tract contains significant amounts of bacteria which, when imbalanced, have been associated with IBS and IBD, immune disorders, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Balancing gut microflora is key for optimizing digestion and absorption of nutrients, as well as metabolic functions. Poor digestion and malabsorption can lead to immune dysfunction, nutritional insufficiencies, mental/emotional disorders, and autoimmune diseases.
- Gas and Bloating
- Food allergies
- Skin Disorders
- Impaired immune Function
- Mental/Emotional issues
The Adrenal Stress Index
The Adrenal Stress Index (ASI) uses five conveniently collected saliva samples to assess cortisol, insulin, DHEA/DHEA-S, secretory IgA, 17-OH progesterone, and wheat gluten sIgA. Saliva is collected over a period of 24 hours, providing more complete information about your body’s stress response than a single test. This is ideal for people dealing with chronic stress and stress-related symptoms such as insomnia, anxiety and fatigue. ASI is a comprehensive panel that will give us better measurements and greater context for your hormone levels than standard serum and urine testing.
|Cortisol||Evaluates stress response|
|Insulin||Investigates blood sugar control and insulin resistance|
|DHEA/DHEA-S||Determines how other horomones may be affected by stress.|
|Total secretory IgA (sIgA)||Evaluates the toll of stress on immunity|
|17-OH Progesterone||Determines underlying causes of abnormal cortisol levels|
|Wheat gluten sIgA||Identifies immune responses to gluten|
The Adrenal Stress Index can be helpful for people experiencing:
- Chronic stress and stress-related health conditions
- Fatigue or lack of energy
- Anxiety or depression
- Irritability or mood swings
- Insomnia, sleep disturbances or difficulty waking
- Poor memory or difficulty retaining information
- Muscle and joint pain or weakness
- Blood sugar dysregulation
- Osteopenia or osteoporosis
- Changes in skin integrity, easy bruising or excessive stretch marks
- Frequent or chronic infections
- Increased waist-to-hip ratio or abdominal obesity
Lab fees are paid directly to the lab and if you have insurance, some labs offer alower co-pay amount for specific tests. Lab fees run between $100-$225. Prices are determined by the labs, are subject to change and are in addition to appointment fees.Not all clients will need lab tests performed.The tests are sent directly to the clients home for convenience and privacy or given in the office. The complete kit arrives with all the supplies and instructions for the client to administer and shipto the lab. Most tests are a simple saliva, urine sample or a blood spot. No nurse, no waiting rooms, no appointments. the tests listed are the most popular tests; however, depending on the clients needs, there are many other specialized tests that can be run.