GUT HEALTH PANEL

  • Full blood cell count

  • Faecal Pathogen PCR (Salmonella sp, Campylobacter sp, Shigella sp, Yersinia enterocolitica, Aeromonas sp, Giardia sp, Entamoeba histolytica, Dientamoeba sp, Blastocystis sp and Cryptosporidium sp)

  • Faecal calprotectin screen (if positive, possible Inflammatory Bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative colitis)

  • Faecal occult blood screen (colon cancer screen)

  • Coeliac disease autoantibodies (if positive, likely coeliac disease)

  • Organic acid dysbiosis markers (markers for bacterial and fungal overgrowth)

TESTING STRATEGY

Exclude known bacterial pathogens, Inflammatory Bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative colitis. (If positive, the client may also wish to involve their GP). Abnormally high gut dysbiosis markers indicates the likelihood of gut dysbiosis.

 

A full blood cell count can be useful to look for increases in eosinophils (intestinal worms) or immune activation (bacterial or viral infection). Mildly raised monocyte counts may also indicate low level inflammation.

TREATMENTS

There are a number of treatments protocols, most of which are built around the 4Rs, remove, repair, restore, and replace. The low FODMAP diet is also popular (https://www.monashfodmap.com/ibs-central/i-have-ibs/starting-the-low-fodmap-diet/). Others advocate the use of polyphenols and oligosaccharides.

MONITORING

If abnormal, the organic acid test can be used to monitor the effectiveness of a treatment protocol. If any other test in the panel is abnormal, these tests should also be included.

ADDITIONAL TESTING

Gut dysbiosis has been linked to a number of metabolic disorders, the following panels may be useful:

  1. Cardiovascular Panel

  2. Mental Health Panel

  3. Thyroid Panel