Natural Wellness Center

Gastrointestinal Assessment Tests

(808) 988-0800

Proper digestion is the foundation of good health. Without proper digestion, even the most nutritious diet offers little benefit. We take our digestion for granted, not thinking about all the natural and, more importantly, unnatural substances that we ingest. The digestive tract has the paradoxical function of breaking down and absorbing nutrients yet acting as an immune and physical barrier against the absorption of bacteria and microbes, antigens, toxins and other foreign molecules. Dysfunction in any aspect of the digestive tract can lead to illness, allergies, inflammation and auto-immunity. Antacids, laxatives and other medications only cover up the symptoms and do nothing to treat the root imbalance.

Therefore non-invasive stool and urine tests can evaluate the health of your gastrointestinal tract and determine the origin of your symptoms and systemic condition.

The following tests are available and may be recommended:

Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis with or without Parasitology Profile

Evaluates digestion, absorption, gut flora, colon environment, parasites, pH, several metabolic markers for digestion of fats, protein and carbohydrates

Intestinal Permeability (Urine)

This urine test can determine the integrity of your intestinal tract. Increased permeability is also known as "leaky gut" syndrome". Decreased permeability is also referred to as malabsorption.

Gastro-Test (Performed in office)

This is a simple, yet illustrative test to assess the pH of the stomach. Stomach acid is one of the most important steps in activating the digestive process-it sterilizes, activates enzymes, signals the release of hormones and stimulates smooth muscle activity. Medications, age, ulcers, H. pylori infection, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, food sensitivities, skin problems are all possible signs of inadequate stomach acid.