Stool Testing—An Important Tool to Measure Gut Health
To effectively treat your overall health, we have to know how healthy your gut is. A comprehensive stool test is an important tool.
Apple Healthcare uses a Comprehensive Digestive Analysis, a stool test designed to test the overall health of the gut. These tests are covered by most insurance providers.
Our digestive system used to be considered relatively simple, comprised essentially of one long tube for food to pass through, be absorbed, and then excreted. Now we know it’s a lot more complex.
The human gut houses 30,000 different beneficial flora that operate in conjunction with our own system. The gut houses 85 percent of our immune system and 95 percent of our neurotransmitters. In the gut, the body decides whether it is tolerant to something or inflamed by it. Good gut health is critical to maintain wellness and prevent diseases such as auto-immune conditions, cancers, fatigue and much more.
Some issues to consider:
- Bacteria, yeast, and parasites in the gut can contribute to fatigue, gas, bloating, diarrhea and constipation.
- Infections in the gut can weaken the immune system and make you more susceptible to infections of all kinds.
- Harboring a chronic infection in the gut can predispose us to auto-immune conditions.
- Infections in the gut affect our level of inflammation throughout the body.
Often, many conditions that are thought to be permanent can be corrected or greatly improved by assessing gut ecology and treating accordingly.
Call 865-769-9685 to schedule your appointment with one of our specially trained nurse practitioners. For all new signups to our online nutritional store during March, we’re offering a 20% discount for all orders in the next three months! Many protocols to restore your gut health take about 90 days, and are followed by a permanent change to a better diet and improved overall health!