Gut Health Testing in Southlake, TX – Genova GI Effects Profile
Dr. Berutti and PA, Melanie Martin, offer gut health testing to include the Genova GI Effects Profile, which determines the health of the gut microbiome. The state of your gut health has a tremendous impact on the strength of your immune system and plays a large role in overall health and resilience. The gut microbiome is considered your “second brain,” and in fact, over 70% of your immune system function resides in your gastrointestinal tract. This can easily be thrown out of balance which will adversely affect how your body functions.
There are trillions of microbes living in your gut. These collective organisms are referred to as the microbiome, and consist of bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites, all of which contain genes (over 3 million to be exact)! While it’s impossible to control the genes that you are born with, you can alter the gene functions through diet and lifestyle modification.
The first clues that you may have gut issues can present as digestive problems, however, many chronic illnesses can stem from gut dysbiosis including:
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Food allergies/sensitivities
- Celiac disease
- Metabolic syndrome
- Increased gut permeability (Leaky gut syndrome)
- Autoimmune disorders
- Obesity, heart disease, and diabetes
- Hormonal imbalances, including thyroid disease
- Mental illness
- Some cancers
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Genova GI Effects Comprehensive Profile Test Identifies Compromised Areas of Gut Function
We prefer to use The Genova GI Effects Comprehensive Profile for gut health testing because it is an accurate and scientific stool test that measures biomarkers of your overall GI function. This clinical tool is an important part of gut health testing so that symptoms and root causes of illnesses can be addressed. This test will measure:
- Inflammation within the gut microbiome
- How your digestive system is performing
- Biomarkers of GI function
- Pathogens that may be causing illness
- Balance of beneficial and harmful bacteria
- Dysfunction which is causing Leaky Gut Syndrome which is the cause of many autoimmune illnesses
- How well your body is absorbing key nutrients
Because a compromised gut microbiome sets in motion so many different chronic illnesses, the Genova GI Effects test is the first step in opening the door to recovery. Diagnosing and normalizing Gastrointestinal Functions can have exponential positive effects on overall health. Dr. Berutti is Board-certified in Internal Medicine, Anti-Aging Medicine, and Functional Medicine, which uses a whole-body approach to looking for root causes of disease. She offers a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her patients and understands the importance of accurate gut testing for proper diagnosis and treatment.
The process of digestion begins as soon as you put food in your mouth. It continues on through the stomach, into the small intestine, and on through the large intestine and colon for waste and toxin elimination. The gut bacteria produce vitamins, nutrients, and even neurotransmitters which all affect physical health. What some may not realize is that gut bacteria and the health of the microbiome directly communicates to the brain via the vagus nerve, can mental health can be affected as well. This is known as the gut-brain axis and can indirectly influence moods and cause depression or anxiety, sleep disturbances, and memory and cognitive issues. Through the vagus nerve, the gut is able to communicate with the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis to also regulate hormones. Your GI tract is designed to digest food, but dysfunction can create problems in its ability to:
- Absorb nutrients
- Protect and regulate intestinal mucosal barriers
- Communicate with your immune system
- Produce essential vitamins
- Protect against pathogen overgrowth
- Maintain a balance between healthy organisms versus harmful pathogens, fungi, and viruses
A healthy gut is key for disease prevention, longevity, and for feeling your best! The microbiome is a constantly changing, living organism that reacts to all kinds of stimuli such as what you drink, the food you eat, medications that you take, exercise, and stress levels.
Think of the healthy flora as the protectors for your health from the outside environment. Whatever you consume, and even your lifestyle, dictates which bacteria thrive. If you overload your system with unhealthy foods and toxins, protection is compromised. This leads to a variety of symptoms, illnesses, shorter life spans, and decreased quality of life. For more information about how to heal your gut, click here. Please see the graphs listed below as examples of exactly what the Genova GI Effects Comprehensive Profile shows and how it can help you locate any issues that need addressing.
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