Digestive and intestinal examination
A combination of questionnaires, results of the HMA and HRV, along with blood and stool tests
Digestive and intestinal examination
Research into digestive problems in the gut can be time consuming and complex. Many organs are involved in digestion, and the consequences of suboptimal digestion also affect other regulatory systems, including the brain and immune system. It is then important to place the research in a logical order and, just like with the pollution in a flowing stream, to find the origin of the pollution.
STRESS DETERMINES A GOOD START OF DIGESTION
Looking for the source of the problems
In the ‘MyHealth’ platform, the therapist always starts with a questionnaire about eating habits and complaints that occur in the digestive system. These results are compared with the functioning of the neuro-hormonal system (stress) derived from the HMA and HRV analyses. Three major issues often arise at the onset of digestion. The first problem is a lack of stomach acid, which can also irritate the stomach lining if you take medication or take antacids. The second problem is SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth). The bacteria then use the food that is intended for the body. The result is underweight. Often antibiotics are used for a quick result. We are not in favor of this, and prefer to work on natural dietary advice in collaboration with dieticians. The third problem can be a nutrient deficiency (eg Magnesium, Zinc, Calcium, Iron and vitamin B12) where the body does not produce enough bile acids and enzymes. The vitamin B12 deficiency can also be determined with a questionnaire that is available in the ‘MyHealth’ platform. The use of enzymes can be a good temporary bridge to calm the intestines.
GOOD AND BAD BACTERIA IN THE LARGE INTESTINE
Various blood and stool tests
The large intestine is responsible for the second part of digestion where food that cannot be broken down enzymatically is fermented by “good bacteria” and water and salt are extracted to thicken the slurry.
Each person has a unique composition of microbes; but in scientific literature there are relationships between certain complaints and the presence or absence of certain bacteria. Best known is the role of necessary lactic acid bacteria or bifidobacteria, which also prevent ‘bad’ bacteria from taking over. But also the presence of bacteria that keep the intestinal wall healthy (production of butyric acid), or bacteria that damage the cell wall (often putrefaction processes) ultimately determine the health of the intestinal wall, and whether the digestion itself runs smoothly. When the intestinal wall itself becomes irritated or even “leaky”, inflammation and infections can develop, as well as allergies and intolerances. We assist Professionals with various tests that are available for this.
DIFFERENT TESTS SHOW THE WAY
We also recommend that you always perform an HRV and HMA analysis in case of intestinal complaints. The degree of stress in the body, as well as possible deficiencies, already provide a great deal of insight into the source of the problems. Additional analysis can then take place. These are, for example, the extensive gut check (general digestive parameters), a specific Zonulin test (checking ‘leaky gut’). When it is necessary to investigate the entire microbiome composition, we also offer this test. The laboratory reports are discussed with the professionals during the intervision. We also work together with dieticians who provide personal guidance with specific dietary advice.
A therapist receives an extensive report that is explained or discussed during the intervision.
Simply order the various analysis methods
The necessary analytical methods can be requested by therapists who, when registered with us, can order this analysis via our webshop.
The various analytical methods can also be requested by consumers who are actively concerned with their health and vitality and who are not being treated by a therapist. Depending on the results of the analyses, we will advise you after an explanation to seek guidance from the health professionals who are affiliated with us.