Dr Burt Jooste writes:
Although toilet habits and stool analysis are not topics one would discuss over a lunch or dinner with friends, stool analysis is one of the most effective ways to determine your digestive system’s health and provide other insights. With the advanced technology that accompanies stool analysis, you can even see your risk for colon cancer, the level of inflammation in the colon as well as the health of your pancreas.
Unfortunately, the saying “you are what you eat” has become very relevant to our lifestyles. There are so many other risk factors we are exposed to on a daily basis which affects our health negatively. The health and integrity of your gut forms an important part of your immune system and directly influences your risk of getting chronic diseases and digestive disorders. Symptoms like diarrhoea, bloating, cramping, flatulence, bad breath, reflux and heartburn all comes to mind and despite many interventions don’t seem to clear up. Your answers may be in a stool test that could show an overgrowth of bacteria that are normally present in the gut, or the presence of a bacteria or parasite that should not be present.
Perhaps it’s time you came to see a Health Renewal Doctor who will assist you with an integrative assessment including a full workup to see what it is that your body needs. Using very specific blood tests, our Doctors are able to assist you in determining what your deficiencies are, and with the help of your stool analysis, we might just solve your problem!
Read more in this month's article: Why get a stool analysis done?