Many of our digestive issues stem from dysbiotic intestinal flora. We all have essential bacteria in our gut that keeps us healthy, prevents illness, aids in the digestion and absorption of nutrients, and maintains a healthy gastrointestinal tract. The insults of our diet, medications, environmental toxins, and food allergies can significantly impact the health of our intestinal tract, leading to a variety of symptoms and conditions. Stool analysis testing gives the clues Dr. Katie needs to uncover the cause of your digestive problems. Dr. Katie often discovers an imbalance of bacteria in the gut or an overgrowth of yeast (oftentimes candida). Stool analysis testing can also evaluate your ability to digest your food and absorb the nutrients effectively.
Breath tests are used to diagnose SIBO, fructose intolerance, and lactose intolerance. Breath testing can be completed in the comfort of your own home.
Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition of the intestine where the immune system reacts to the gluten proteins found in food. Gluten is a protein found naturally in wheat, but is also used in numerous other products. Celiac disease can result in significant damage to your intestinal tract if a proper gluten-free diet is not strictly followed. Studies have shown higher rates of celiac disease in those with autism and infertility. Celiac disease also causes delayed growth in children. Improvement with the removal of gluten and blood testing can help with the diagnosis of celiac disease. However, a small intestinal biopsy is the gold standard for diagnosing. Dr. Katie can diagnose celiac disease, implement dietary changes, and improve your digestion. Click here and here for more information.