Most people aren’t aware of the complexity and importance of a healthy digestive system, and therefore, many suffer from digestive problems that regular doctors can’t properly diagnose with the tools at their disposal. It isn’t just abdominal pain, but also swelling, constipation and food sensitivity, skin problems, difficulty concentrating, immune problems, chronic fatigue and many others. Many of us suffer from these problems chronically, and the treatment offered for them is mainly to relieve symptoms and reduce their frequency. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel: a new revolutionary test that has been proven to be the best way to diagnose the causes of chronic and autoimmune diseases. We invite you to learn more about it as well as some important and surprising facts about your digestive system.
To understand why it’s important to be aware of the state of your digestive system and how this information can be used to improve your health, it is worth getting to know this system a little deeper. Most people think only about the stomach and the intestine in this context, but the digestive system begins in the mouth, continuing to the esophagus, stomach, duodenum, small intestine, and corpuscles and eventually ends in the anus. It is also affected by the liver and pancreas. The bacteria in the digestive system function as a chemical "factory" and contribute to the digestion of food, regulate the release of hormones throughout the body, remove toxins and produce many substances essential for maintaining the body. When this factory doesn’t produce what the body needs, there may be many health problems.
Another surprising detail many don’t know is related to the nerves that control digestive activity. When you think of the human nervous system, many focus on the brain and spinal cord, where it is known that there is a high concentration of neurons. However, the gut also has quite a few nerve cells, about 500 million more precisely, than in the spinal cord. Their overall name is the Enteric Nervous System and it controls all digestive activity.
When there are digestive problems, it is likely that symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal pain, constipation, decrease or increase in weight, and diseases such as Crohn's and colitis will develop. As you’ve already understood, it is entirely possible that the cause of your headaches, skin diseases, feelings of exhaustion and other problems you may suffer are due to issues in your digestive system. Many people go through innumerable tests just to find the causes of those symptoms that impair their quality of life, which essentially amount to nothing simply because they aren’t looking in the right place.
Awareness of the causes behind these health problems has undergone a major revolution in recent years thanks to many innovative studies. In addition, there is a growing understanding that before you diagnose an allergy or food sensitivity, you should check the functioning of the entire digestive system. With advanced tests that focus on this goal, you not only get answers to questions about food sensitivity and gastrointestinal problems, but also a comprehensive picture of the functioning of the system, the composition of the bacteria in it and information on how they affect the body for better and worse.
At this stage you’re probably wondering what you can do with all this information, and how you should go about getting a diagnosis of the condition of your digestive system in a way which will lead to clear conclusions about medical problems that you suffer or may even suffer in the future. To this day, we’ve looked for the answers in regular stool tests, which didn’t necessarily provide an accurate picture of the digestive system; Most of these tests examine the composition of the bacteria taken from the patient's stool sample and developed under culture conditions, rather than the specimen as it is.
In this method, only partial results can be obtained because not all organisms that live in the digestive system can grow in conditions that differ from their natural environment, and such obsolete tests can’t identify all the bacteria in the sample. It was clear to professionals in the field that a more advanced test was needed to give them more information about their patients, with which they could obtain clear answers about the source of the problems they were suffering and thus create an effective treatment plan that isn’t based on regular protocol.
Today, the most innovative test that can diagnose the condition of the digestive system more efficiently than ever is called the GI-MAP test. In fact, GI-MAP is a stool test, but this test uses advanced Q-PCR technology, which can be used to identify the DNA residues of a variety of friendly or harmful bacteria, as well as worms, fungi, and viruses, and to analyze the acidity of the digestive system and examine many other indicators. In addition, the examination enables physicians and caregivers to perform biochemical analyses of the digestive enzymes, thus obtaining additional information with very significant implications for the patient's health. The advanced technology and the precise analysis it provides can also reveal health problems that have not yet generated symptoms and raise suspicion of future problems.
An example of the great importance of the precise diagnosis made possible by a comprehensive examination of the Q-PCR digestion system can be found in a 45-year-old named Ayelet’s story. A few years ago, she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome. Despite her professional diagnosis and medication, she continued to suffer from fatigue, pain, nausea and many other digestive problems. About two years ago she performed a comprehensive examination of the digestive system, revealing a series of worrying findings, such as severe nutritional deficiencies, gastrointestinal inflammation, leukemia, candida, and increased adrenal gland activity. This new information led Ayelet to begin a process of nutritional change according to the findings of the tests. This process led to the rehabilitation of the digestive system, so in a reexamination conducted several months later, she saw a huge difference in the state of her digestive system.
This comprehensive digestive system test is designed for people who suffer from persistent and acute problems such as abdominal pain, diarrhea and constipation, Crohn's and colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and many other problems. In addition, because of the wide range of gastrointestinal problems, even those suffering from neurological and/or neurodegenerative diseases, skin diseases, neurological disorders, autoimmune diseases, and even psychiatric disorders can benefit from this a diagnosis of this kind.
In closing, if you feel like you would benefit from such testing, speak to your doctor about it and look for private clinics where the test is given.