Using Functional Testing to Determine Your Base-Line Gut Health

Before we can start treating anything, and before you can start healing, it is critical to get an overview of your base-line gut health.

Functional tests we recommend for gut health

At BNWC we recommend functional testing, and to determine the state of your gut we recommend a functional test called a stool analysis.


Doctor’s Data Stool Test

The stool analysis we prefer is a Doctor’s Data Stool Test. Doctor’s Data use state-of-the-art MALDI-TOF testing, which is a technology for microbial identification and diagnosis. You can view the Doctor’s Data video here on how to collect your stool sample!

What does a stool analysis tell us?

It tells us about a few things, including:

  • Your prebiotic state (are you having enough fibre?)
  • Enzyme activity (your ability to break down your food)
  • If you are absorbing your nutrients correctly
  • Parasite or worm burdens
  • Inflammation of your gut
  • Imbalances of your gut bacteria (good vs. bad), including yeast overgrowth
  • Overgrowth of pathogenic (i.e. really bad) bacteria

Recommending treatment

Once we know about your gut health, we can recommend the appropriate treatment, thus eliminating unnecessary guess work and band-aid solutions.

Okay, not that kind of stool!