Digestive health lab tests
Identifying what’s going on inside your gut.
Digestive issues are a common concern, yet all too often people suffer in silence. Bloating, flatulence, constipation, diarrhoea, acid reflux, heartburn and indigestion – these are all obvious signs of an unhealthy gut. But scientific research and our two decades of clinical experience also prove that gut issues can cause or aggravate hayfever, anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue, weight gain, skin problems and even Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease.
About 100 trillion bacteria, both “good” and “bad”, live inside your gut. Collectively, they’re known as the gut microbiota. Digestive disorders occur when the delicate balance of good and bad bacteria is compromised by factors like allergies, antibiotics, environmental toxins, stress and insomnia.
Our industry-leading tests can pinpoint imbalances in your gut that are causing or aggravating discomfort, pain or chronic health conditions. By identifying what’s going on inside your gut, our naturopaths can design a personalised treatment plan to rebalance bacteria and improve your overall health.
Lab Tests: Digestive Health
This highly recommended urine test provides a comprehensive snapshot of your metabolism. It tests for certain acids that bacteria and yeast can produce, as well as organic acid wastes from your metabolism and from neurotransmitters. Abnormal acid levels indicate metabolic and gut imbalances, which can contribute to health challenges like behaviour disorders, hyperactivity, anxiety, depression, fatigue and immune disfunction. The test also reports some vitamin and mineral levels, oxidative stress, neurotransmitter levels and oxalates, which are linked to multiple chronic illnesses.
Add Phospholipase A2 (PLA2) – OAT test fee plus $400. PLA2 gives an indication of toxin damage that can cause cellular distress and inflammation. Excess PLA2 can be linked to chronic diseases, fatigue, mental decline and depression.
Ideal as a follow-up to the Great Plains Lab Organic Acids Test, your practitioner may recommend this urine test to help pinpoint specific abnormalities, monitor certain microbial balances, and assess the effectiveness of treatment.
The test reports 21 metabolites in your body produced by yeast and bacteria. It identifies levels of beneficial and harmful bacteria, Clostridia, Candida, yeast and fungal metabolites, and general markers of dysbiosis. It also measures the level of creatinine in your body to determine kidney function.
Identify imbalances in your intestinal microflora (the bacteria and organisms that live inside your gut) with this comprehensive bacteriology and yeast cultures test. This stool test can pinpoint imbalances like Candida yeast or bacteria such as Klebsiella, or Proteus causing SIBO (Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth). It can also detect a host of parasites and worms including Blastocystis, Giardia and other dysbiotic flora.
One-day / Two-day / Three-day collection - $2850
Evaluate the good and bad bacteria in your gut, particularly if you are experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms, autoimmune disease, IBD/IBS, SIBO, inflammation, food sensitivities, nutritional deficiencies or joint pain. This comprehensive test can identify multiple microorganisms including probiotic and pathogenic bacteria, yeast and parasites, and measure key markers of digestion, absorption and inflammation. This test gives more detail about your digestive enzymes, which can increase your understanding of the causes of digestive issues.
Two-day / Three-day collection - $4200
Add Zonulin Family Protein (Stool) - $395
Add H. Pylori Antigen - $560 - Can only add w CSAPx2
This highly accurate stool test is designed to detect microbes (the most common types being bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi) that may be disturbing your normal microbial balance or contributing to illness. Using quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) technology, which detects the DNA of these microbes, this test accurately pinpoints microbial imbalances linked to autoimmune diseases, IBS/IBD, SIBO, digestive complaints, brain fog, skin problems, mental health challenges, and obesity. This test also detects ‘leaky gut’ via a zonulin test. It detects gluten sensitivity by IgA testing, measures your enzyme levels, and tests for inflammation by measuring Calprotectin. While this test may seem expensive at first glance, it is in fact excellent value for money owing to the number of comprehensive items tested.
The GI 360™ is a comprehensive stool test that uses cutting-edge technology to test DNA and accurately detect levels of pathogens, viruses, parasites and bacteria linked to gastrointestinal symptoms and disease. These include inflammation, mucosal barrier dysfunction (leaky gut), autoimmune disease, food sensitivities, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, IBD/IBS, nutritional deficiencies, bloody stool, fever and vomiting.
The GI360™ Essentials Microbiome Profile stool test takes a deep dive into the gut microbiota to identify the presence of pathogenic viruses, bacteria, parasites and yeasts. It analyses the levels of the bacteria in a way that gives an overall score of the Dysbiosis Index (developed by a group of microbiologists in Europe after extensive studies). While infection may be one aspect of gut problems, imbalance is another - the Dysbiosis Index records the degree of this problem.
Both the GI360™ and the GI360™ Essentials Microbiome Profile tests use the Nobel Prize winning polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology – the ‘gold standard’ in infection detection. The benchmark in many aspects of diagnostic testing, PCR technology is both specific and sensitive in testing DNA, giving you the confidence of a correct and detailed diagnosis of the amounts of pathogenic microbes.
Test for the potential causes of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), flatulence, bloating, food allergies or abdominal discomfort. Causes may include reduced absorption capacity, increased gastrointestinal permeability, inflammation, and lactose and sucrose intolerance - all of which can be identified by this comprehensive urine test.
Test for small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), a health condition that occurs when bacteria that normally grow in other parts of the gut begins to grow in your small intestine. This can cause bloating and a feeling of fullness, cramps, diarrhoea, indigestion, flatulence and weight loss. This non-invasive breath test can diagnose SIBO by identifying the presence of hydrogen or methane released when bacteria overgrows in the small intestine.
Measure your oral microbiome (the bacteria that lives in your oral cavity) and host inflammatory markers with this simple, non-invasive saliva test. The oral microbiome is proven to play a role in both local disease like periodontitis and systemic diseases like cardiovascular disease, autoimmune conditions and neurodegenerative disorders. This oral health and microbiome test uses quantitative real-time PCR (the ‘gold standard’ in diagnostic testing) and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) to provide accurate and reliable diagnosis.
Test your vaginal health and microbiome profile to detect imbalance of the vaginal microbiome. This can be linked to multiple health conditions including bacterial vaginosis (BV), miscarriages, preterm delivery, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and increased risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). This vaginal swab test identifies inflammation, and the abundance of lactobacillus bacteria, strictly anaerobic bacteria, enteric bacteria, and BV-associated bacteria.
Invivo Female EcologiX uses quantitative real-time PCR (the benchmark in diagnostic testing) and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) to provide an accurate and reliable diagnosis.
Add STI $350
Test for leaky gut syndrome – a digestive condition in which the lining of the small intestine becomes damaged, allowing toxins and bacteria to leak through the intestines into your blood stream. This can cause inflammatory and allergic reactions like IBS, migraines, skin issues, chronic fatigue, food allergies, rheumatoid arthritis and more. This stool test measures diamine oxidase (DAO) that breaks down histamine; histamine, and the DAO: histamine ratio. It measures zonulin, a protein that plays a significant role in the opening of small intestine tight junctions and it also measures LPS (lipopolysaccharide) levels. Increased levels of LPS will need to be corrected to restore gut and overall health.