Revivelife Clinic I Naturopath in Ottawa

DIGESTION TESTING

DIGESTIVE STOOL TESTING

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DIGESTION 1
COMPREHENSIVE STOOL ANALYSIS

The Comprehensive Stool Analysis (CDA-DD) with Parasitology x 1, 2, or 3 is an invaluable non-invasive diagnostic assessment that evaluates friendly bacteria, unfriendly bacteria, fungi, yeast, ova & parasites, and worms using MALDI-TOF (matrix assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry). In addition the test assesses the health of the small and large intestine lining looking for irritation and inflammation; the quality of digestion; short chain fatty acids, pancreatic digestive strength and immunity.

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May be recommended if you have bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, autoimmune conditions, fatigue, difficulty losing weight, multiple food reactions, anxiety, depression, and or learning disorders.

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DIGESTION 2
GI360™ STOOL TEST

Introducing the GI360™ Profile: an innovative, stool panel, utilizing multiplex PCR molecular technology coupled with growth-based culture and ID by MALDI-TOF, sensitive biochemical assays and microscopy to detect and assess the status of pathogens, viruses, parasites and bacteria that may be contributing to acute or chronic gastrointestinal symptoms and disease.
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Indicated for those with GI concerns, inflammation, joint pain, autoimmune disease, nutritional deficiencies, and acute fever.

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DIGESTION 3
GI MAP STOOL TEST

The GI-MAP™ (GI-Microbial Assay Plus) is one of the most comprehensive digestive tests available that uses the qPCR DNA based methodology to increase the sensitivity and specificity of the
test. It qualitatively tests for your microbiome including H. pylori with autoimmune virulence factors, other pathogens such as– bacteria, viruses, parasites, and worms and assesses how well you are breaking down foods (elastase), GI inflammation (calprotectin), immunity (SIgA), gluten intolerance (Anti-gliadin), and antibiotic resistance genes. Add on Zonulin for Leaky Bowel Available.
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Vital for those who want a comprehensive digestive test with risk of H. pylori, autoimmune disease, gluten intolerance and general digestive concerns.

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HEALTH & DIGESTIVE TESTING

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ORGANIC ACID TESTING

A comprehensive general health urine test
measuring organic acids (also linked to inborn
errors in metabolism) that offers a metabolic
snapshot of overall health with 75 markers of
Digestion, Detoxification, Longevity, Nutrients,
and the Neurotransmitters–epinephrine, norepinephrine, serotonin and dopamine.
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May be recommended if you experience any of
the following concerns: Digestive - bloating, gas, diarrhea or constipation; Sensitivities – foods, environmental; Detoxification – liver health, hormone imbalances; Longevity - overall health; Immunity – colds, flus, allergies; Nutrient Deficiencies – fatigue, brain fog, skin concerns; Stress & Brain Function - anxiety, depression; Insomnia and or Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) – weak memory, concentration, mood changes; Weight Concerns.

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ORGANIC ACID TESTING

A comprehensive general health urine test
measuring organic acids (also linked to inborn
errors in metabolism) that offers a metabolic
snapshot of overall health with 75 markers of
Digestion, Detoxification, Longevity, Nutrients,
and the Neurotransmitters–epinephrine, norepinephrine, serotonin and dopamine.
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May be recommended if you experience any of
the following concerns: Digestive - bloating, gas, diarrhea or constipation; Sensitivities – foods, environmental; Detoxification – liver health, hormone imbalances; Longevity - overall health; Immunity – colds, flus, allergies; Nutrient Deficiencies – fatigue, brain fog, skin concerns; Stress & Brain Function - anxiety, depression; Insomnia and or Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) – weak memory, concentration, mood changes; Weight Concerns.

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CANDIDA TESTING

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CANDIDA 1
CANDIDA IMMUNOGLOBULINS
(IgG, IgA, IgM) BLOOD TEST

Test for IgG, IgA and IgM antibodies against Candida antigens which may contribute to
reactions with complement that lead to
inflammation and tissue damage.
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May be recommended if you have
unexplained chronic food intolerances,
fatigue, brain fog, sinus infections, mood
changes, and hormone imbalances.

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CANDIDA 2
CANDIDA PANEL

Candida antibodies and antigen panel to analyze Candida antigen and IgG, IgA, and IgM specific to Candida. High levels of IgG antibodies may represent past or ongoing infections; IgA are thought to be associated with mucosal epithelial, tracheobronchial, and genito-urinary candida infections while IgM antibodies are generally
regarded as the predominant immunoglobulins involved in early infections.
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May be recommended if you have candida symptoms such as unexplained chronic food intolerances, fatigue, brain fog, sinus infections, mood changes, and hormone imbalances.

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CANDIDA 3
GI MAP STOOL TEST

The GI-MAP™ (GI-Microbial Assay Plus) is one of the most comprehensive digestive tests available that uses the qPCR DNA-based methodology to increase the sensitivity and specificity of the
test. It qualitatively tests your
microbiome including H. pylori with autoimmune virulence factors, other pathogens such as– bacteria, viruses, parasites, and worms and assesses how well you are breaking down foods (elastase), GI inflammation (calprotectin), immunity (SIgA), gluten intolerance (Anti-gliadin), and antibiotic resistance genes. Add on Zonulin for Leaky Bowel Available.
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Vital for those who want a comprehensive digestive test with risk of H. pylori, autoimmune disease, gluten intolerance and general digestive concerns.

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LEAKY BOWEL TESTING

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LEAKY BOWEL 1
INDICAN URINE TEST

The urinary indican test measures the putrefaction of protein in the digestive tract by unhealthy bacteria leading to an increased production of indoxyl sulphate (from the abnormal metabolism of tryptophan) and indican. A positive test occurs with Leaky Bowel Syndrome, weak digestion, dysbiosis, IBD, and other digestive conditions.
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This test is also included in the metabolic urine test panel that is performed on new patient visits.

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LEAKY BOWEL 2
ZONULIN BLOOD TEST

The zonulin test measures zonulin family protein (ZFP), a family of proteins produced in the gut which is a biomarker of intestinal permeability. In healthy individuals the tight gap junctions between your gut lining and the blood stream remain small to allow the transport of nutrients back and forth. High levels of zonulin increase these openings allowing particles that shouldn’t to “leak” through or Leaky Bowel Syndrome.
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May be recommended for those who have digestive symptoms and increasing generalized health concerns.

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LEAKY BOWEL 3
INTESTINAL ANTIGENIC PERMEABILITY SCREEN BLOOD TEST
ARRAY 2 - CYREX

One of the most comprehensive tests for “Leaky Bowel” that identifies the breakdown of the intestinal barrier, rather than simple permeability. This test simultaneously assesses epithelial cell damage, tight junction breakdown (occluding, zonulin), bacterial endotoxins (lipopolysaccharides (LPS), and cell cytoskeleton (actomyosin)). Evaluation of both transcellular (through the cells) and paracellular (between the cells) status is provided.
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Array 2 is recommended for patients who have food sensitivities, autoimmune disorders, such as chronic fatigue, joint pain, skin issues and/or cognitive impairment including Alzheimer’s disease.

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LEAKY BOWEL 4
MUCOSAL IMMUNE REACTIVITY SCREEN™ SALIVA TEST
ARRAY 14 - CYREX

This test will assess common causes of mucosal immune reactivity in saliva by measuring salivary secretory immunoglobulin A and M (IgA & IgM). It evaluates “Leaky Bowel” (occluding/zonulin), “Leaky Brain” (blood-brain barrier protein), nervous system (myelin basic protein), gut inflammation (calprotectin), food reactions (gluten, dairy, egg, soy, corn) and chemical reactivity (aflatoxin, bisphenol-A, mercury, mixed heavy metals), microbes (LPS/bacterial endotoxins, rotavirus) and autoimmunity.
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Recommended for those with a family history of autoimmune disease (IBD, skin conditions, Alzheimer’s, MS) or chronic unexplained illness.

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LEAKY BOWEL 5
GI MAP STOOL TEST

The GI-MAP™ (GI-Microbial Assay Plus) is one of the most comprehensive digestive tests available that uses the qPCR DNA based methodology to increase the sensitivity and specificity of the test. It qualitatively tests for your microbiome including the H. pylori 3-PCR Stool test with virulence factors; other pathogens such as– bacteria, viruses, parasites, and worms, that can cause infection, inflammation, disturb your healthy microbial balance and contribute to chronic digestive concerns; and assesses how well you are breaking down foods (elastase), GI inflammation (calprotectin), immunity (SIgA), gluten intolerance (Anti-gliadin), and antibiotic resistance genes.
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May be recommended if you have digestive concerns for a complete overview of GI health.

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H. PYLORI TESTING

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H. PYLORI 1
UREA BREATH TEST (UBT)

A simple breath test to assess for H. pylori and is also used to monitor your progress post-therapy. During the test, you will drink a solution or swallow a capsule that contains urea and samples of your breath will be collected. If
H. pylori is present carbon dioxide will be present in exhaled breath. The test is based on the ability of H. pylori to convert urea to ammonia and carbon dioxide.
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May be recommended if you H. pylori symptoms including heartburn, nausea, loss of appetite or bloating.

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H. PYLORI 2
ANTIGEN STOOL TEST

A stool test to assess for H. pylori using an immune response (antigen) using HpSA enzyme immunoassay (EIA). This test can be used to diagnose H. pylori infection, and to monitor your response during and post therapy. A follow up test 4 weeks after treatment is recommended to ensure that the H. pylori infection is clear.
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May be recommended if you H. pylori symptoms including heartburn, nausea, loss of appetite or bloating.

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H. PYLORI 3
MICROBIOME
GI MAP STOOL TEST

The GI-MAP™ (GI-Microbial Assay Plus) is one of the most comprehensive digestive tests available that uses the qPCR DNA-based methodology to increase the sensitivity and specificity of the test. It qualitatively tests for your microbiome including H. pylori with autoimmune virulence factors; other pathogens such as – bacteria, viruses, parasites, and worms and assesses how well you are breaking down foods (elastase), GI inflammation
(calprotectin), immunity (SIgA), gluten intolerance (Anti-gliadin), and antibiotic resistance genes. Add on Zonulin for Leaky Bowel Available.
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Vital for those who want a comprehensive
digestive test with risk of H. pylori, autoimmune
disease, gluten intolerance, and general digestive
concerns

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H. PYLORI 4
GI MAP STOOL TEST

The GI-MAP™ (GI-Microbial Assay Plus) is one of the most comprehensive digestive tests available that uses the qPCR DNA based methodology to increase the sensitivity and specificity of the test. It qualitatively tests your microbiome including H. pylori with autoimmune virulence factors, other pathogens such as– bacteria, viruses, parasites, and worms and assesses how well you are breaking down foods (elastase), GI inflammation (calprotectin), immunity (SIgA), gluten intolerance (Anti-gliadin), and antibiotic resistance genes. Add on Zonulin for Leaky Bowel Available.
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Vital for those who want a comprehensive digestive test with risk of H. pylori, autoimmune disease, gluten intolerance and general digestive concerns.

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LOW STOMACH ACID TESTING

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LOW STOMACH ACID 1
BURP TEST

This simple Low Stomach Acid Test can be done in the convenience of your home. It is based on the chemical reaction that occurs in your stomach between the baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and hydrochloric acid (HCL). The result is carbon dioxide gas that causes burping. This test is often done first to evaluate low stomach acid, as it is very safe, low cost and it can be done easily. The drawback is that there are a lot of variables and at this time we are unaware of any scientific studies that prove this method of stomach acid testing is either reliable or accurate.
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Revivelife has compared the results of the low stomach acid test 1, 2 and 3 and found that the results are generally comparable in a clinical setting.

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LOW STOMACH ACID 2
BETAINE HCL CHALLENGE TEST

This simple test can help you determine whether you have the appropriate level of hydrochloric acid in your stomach for optimal digestion. You should not complete this test, however, if you have ulcers or are currently taking antacid medications. In the case of the latter, you can try introducing a digestive enzyme supplement containing HCL since it includes a lower dosage of hydrochloric acid.
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May be recommended if you are experiencing common low HCL symptoms such as bloating, gas, burping and heartburn.

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LOW STOMACH ACID 3
HEIDELBURG TEST

This method is the gold standard medical test for low stomach acid. The advantage is that it is the most accurate of the three test methods, however it is also the most expensive.
The Heidelberg test works by using a small capsule with a radio transmitter that records the pH of your stomach as you drink a solution of sodium bicarbonate. The results are shown as a graph showing your pH at regular intervals of time. There are over 140 scientific studies on the Heidelburg test.
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Revivelife refers to your MD or Nurse Practitioner to have the testing done.

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MICROBIOME TESTING

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MICROBIOME 1
GI MAP STOOL TEST

The GI-MAP™ (GI-Microbial Assay Plus) is one of the most comprehensive digestive tests available that use the qPCR DNA-based methodology to increase the sensitivity and specificity of the
test. It tests for your microbiome including H. pylori with autoimmune virulence factors; other pathogens such as– bacteria, viruses, parasites, and worms and assesses how well you are breaking down foods (elastase), GI inflammation (calprotectin), immunity (SIgA), gluten intolerance (Anti-gliadin), and antibiotic resistance genes. Add on Zonulin for Leaky Bowel Available.
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Vital for those who want a comprehensive digestive test with the risk of H. pylori, autoimmune disease, gluten intolerance, and general digestive concerns.

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MICROBIOME 2
GI360™ STOOL TEST

Introducing the GI360™ Profile: an innovative, stool panel, utilizing multiplex PCR molecular technology coupled with growth-based culture and ID by MALDI-TOF, sensitive biochemical assays and microscopy to detect and assess the status of pathogens, viruses, parasites and bacteria that may be contributing to acute or chronic gastrointestinal symptoms and disease.
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Indicated for those with GI concerns, inflammation, joint pain, autoimmune disease, nutritional deficiencies, and acute fever.

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OVA & PARASITE TESTING

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OVA & PARASITES
STOOL TEST

The ova and parasites (O&P) test, is a microscopic assessment of a stool sample for parasites and their ova (eggs) or cysts. Ova are hard shells that protect some parasites at a certain stage of their life cycle. A variety of parasites can cause infections of the digestive system. This test checks for the risk of parasites in the colon.
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May be recommended if you have digestive symptoms, especially diarrhea that lasts more than a few days and/or blood or mucus in your stools, as you many have a parasitic infection.

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COMPREHENSIVE STOOL ANALYSIS

The Comprehensive Stool Analysis (CDA-DD) with Parasitology x 1, 2, or 3 is an invaluable non-invasive diagnostic assessment that evaluates friendly bacteria, unfriendly bacteria, fungi, yeast, ova & parasites, and worms using MALDI-TOF (matrix assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry). In addition the test assesses the health of the small and large intestine lining looking for irritation and inflammation; the quality of digestion; short chain fatty acids, pancreatic digestive strength and immunity.
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May be recommended if you have bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, autoimmune conditions, fatigue, difficulty losing weight, multiple food reactions, anxiety, depression, and or learning disorders.

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GI MAP STOOL TEST

The GI-MAP™ (GI-Microbial Assay Plus) is one of the most comprehensive digestive tests available that uses the qPCR DNA based methodology its accuracy. It tests for your microbiome including H. pylori with autoimmune virulence factors; other pathogens such as– bacteria, viruses, parasites, and worms and assesses how well you are breaking down foods (elastase), GI inflammation (calprotectin), immunity (SIgA), gluten intolerance (Anti-gliadin), and antibiotic resistance genes. Add on Zonulin for Leaky Bowel Available.
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Vital for those who want a comprehensive digestive test with risk of H. pylori, autoimmune disease, gluten intolerance and general digestive concerns.

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SIBO TESTING

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SIBO 1
GLUCOSE TEST

The SIBO 1 test uses a glucose challenge, in which absorption occurs faster and thus this test offers higher specificity for SIBO in the upper small intestine – it can however miss cases of SIBO located in the lower small intestine (SI). In a 2014 paper, published in Digestion glucose breath tests was shown to be more reliable and less prone to false positive results when compared to the lactulose breath test.1

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May be recommended for higher specificity to the upper small intestine.

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SIBO 2
LACTULOSE TEST
(LOWER SI)

The SIBO 2 test uses a lactulose challenge, in which there is a greater ability to diagnose SIBO in the lower end of the small intestine, which is thought to be most common and lactose mal-digestion.
Not all bacterial species present in SIBO can ferment the lactulose, and thus some SIBO cases may be missed.
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May be recommended for higher specificity in the lower small intestine which is the most common place for SIBO and lactose mal-digestion.

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SIBO 3
GLUCOSE & LACTULOSE

The SIBO 3 test uses a glucose and lactulose challenge, to assess if there is SIBO in the upper and lower end of the small intestine and lactose mal-digestion. A 2014 study, published in the Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry showed that a glucose hydrogen breath test is more suitable for SIBO diagnosis, whereas the lactose or fructose breath tests are more suitable for the diagnosis of lactose and fructose mal-digestion, respectively.2 SIBO can also be a cause of fructose malabsorption.
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An important test for detection of SIBO in both the upper and lower small intestine.

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SIBO 4
GLUCOSE, LACTULOSE & FRUCTOSE (UPPER & LOWER SI+)

The SIBO 4 test uses a glucose, lactulose and fructose challenge, to assess if there is SIBO in the upper and lower end of the small intestine, and detect lactose and fructose mal-digestion. SIBO can also be a cause of fructose malabsorption.
Many medical experts debate as to whether the glucose or lactulose is the best carbohydrate solution to use for the SIBO test and thus Revivelife recommends doing both tests along with fructose where possible for optimal assessment.3,4

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May be recommended to detect SIBO in both upper and lower small intestine and if mal-digestion of lactose and fructose is suspected.

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FRUCTOSE MALABSORPTION TEST

Fructose malabsorption, formerly called dietary fructose intolerance, occurs when cells on the surface of the intestines can’t break down fructose efficiently. Fructose is a simple sugar, known as a monosaccharide, that comes mostly from fruit and some vegetables. It’s also found in honey, agave nectar, and many processed foods that contain added sugars. SIBO may cause fructose intolerance.
Many medical experts debate as to whether the glucose or lactulose is the best carbohydrate solution to use for the SIBO test and thus Revivelife recommends doing both tests along with fructose where possible for optimal assessment.3,4

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A vital test to detect fructose malabsorption in the colon which may be caused by SIBO.

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SIBO 5
IRRITABLE BOWEL/SIBO
BLOOD TEST
ARRAY 22 - CYREX

Array 22 is an antibody test designed to identify specific bacteria in the small intestine that have migrated from the large intestine, potentially compromising essential barrier integrity and setting the stage for autoimmunity. It assesses a potential breach of the intestinal bacteria by bacterial cytotoxins and evaluates immune reactivity from their entry into circulation.

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This serum test is recommended for patients with irritable bowel symptoms, signs of malabsorption such as weight loss, fatty stools or anemia, and conditions such as fatigue, reflux, obesity, food intolerances or skin disorders.

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faqs

Digestive complaints like bloating, gas, diarrhea, and or constipation are among the most common in medical care. The health of the gut is related to overall health including:

  • Mood: 90% of serotonin (“happy & sleep hormone”) production is found in the gut 1
  • Immunity: 70% of your immune system is found in the gut 2,3
  • Weight: those who gain weight easily have a reduced variety of microbiome (the ecosystem of microbes found in and on the body) and are of a different combination of microbes compared to those who don’t gain weight easily 4,5
  • Sleep: the gut produces the neurotransmitter melatonin which helps you sleep and is an antioxidant 6
  • Pain: those who have increased pain also have a different microbial balance than those who don’t have pain. 7

This comprehensive stool analysis helps to determine the causes of gastrointestinal symptoms and chronic systemic conditions, and measures key markers of digestion, microbial imbalances or infection, absorption, and inflammation.

  • Autoimmune Disease – Rheumatoid Arthritis, Celiac, Chron’s, Ulcerative Colitis, Diabetes, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Thyroid
  • Bacterial & Parasitic Infections 11
  • Brain Health – ADD – Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism, Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease 12
  • Cancer 1
  • Digestion – Chronic and Acute Gastroenteritis, IBD – Inflammatory Bowel Disease, IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome 14,15
  • Fertility 16
  • Fibromyalgia 17
  • Fungal or Yeast Infections 18
  • Heart Disease 19
  • Immunity – Asthma, Allergies 20
  • Intestinal Permeability/ Leaky Bowel Syndrome 21
  • Mood – Anxiety, Depression 21
  • Parkinson’s Disease 22
  • SIBO – Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth 23
  • Skin Conditions – Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis, Rosacea 25
  • Suspected H. pylori Infection 26
  • Viral Pathogens 27
  • Weight Management 4,5,27

As most health conditions related to the microbiome (the ecosystem of microbes) in your body, 70% of immunity and 90% of serotonin production (your “happy & sleep” hormone) anyone wanting to optimize their health can benefit from this test.

 

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+What are the risks of developing digestive dysfunction?

The principal risks of developing digestive dysfunction include:

  • Genetic Link
  • Poor Diet – standard American diet, which is low in fiber and high in sugar and saturated fats
  • Excess Alcohol
  • Stress – reducing the good microbiome and digestive enzymes
  • Aging – reduction of digestive enzymes
  • Medication Use – antibiotics, NSAIDs

+How do you know if your digestive system is working properly?

The seven most common signs that your digestion is not working properly include:

  1. Upset stomach – gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, and or heartburn
  2. A poor menu – refined foods, high sugar-diet and over indulgences in coffee, tea, or other processed beverages
  3. Unintentional weight changes
  4. Sleep disturbances or constant fatigue
  5. Skin irritations – acne, eczema, psoriasis, or rosacea
  6. Autoimmune conditions – celiac, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis
  7. Food intolerances, sensitivities, or allergies

+Why do I feel bloated often?

Bloating is often caused by excess gas production or disturbances in the movement of the muscles of the digestive system. Bloating can often cause pain, discomfort or cause your stomach to look bigger. In many cases, there is an underlying imbalance of the GI system which may include SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), food intolerances, sensitivities or allergies, and or disturbances in the digestive microbiome.

+ How many times a day is optimal for bowel movements?

The optimal is one bowel movement after each meal – the realistic goal is at least one bowel movement a day.

+How long does digestion take?

Digestion varies in individuals and between men and women. After eating it generally takes about six to eight hours for food to pass through your stomach and small intestine. Food then enters your large intestine (colon) for further digestion, absorption of water, and then finally the elimination of undigested food. Mayo Clinic researchers found that the average time from eating to the elimination of stool averaged 53 hours (which may be overstated, as the markers used by the researchers passed more slowly than the actual food ingested). Men tend to digest at a faster rate than women.

+What are digestive enzymes?

Digestive enzymes are released by your body to help you break down the foods that you eat. Here is a list of common digestive enzymes and their functions.

 

 Key Digestive Enzymes and Their Functions
PepsinSecreted by cells in the stomach lining; in combination with stomach acid, it helps break down proteins into peptides in the stomach
TrypsinOriginating in the pancreas and the intestinal lining, trypsin is secreted into the duodenum (the upper portion of the small intestine), where it breaks down peptides formed in the stomach into amino acids
ChymotrypsinA digestive enzyme originating in the pancreas and the intestinal lining, it is activated by the action of trypsin and helps break down protein
ProteasesSecreted by the pancreas, they facilitate the breakdown of proteins into amino acids
AmylasePresent in saliva, and also secreted by the pancreas, it cleaves complex carbohydrate molecules into manageable sugars
LipasePresent in saliva, and also secreted by the pancreas, it facilitates breakdown of lipids (fats) into useable components
LactaseSecreted by cells lining the small intestine, it helps break down lactose (milk sugar)
Papain (from papaya)Supplements help protein digestion
CellulaseProduced by “friendly” bacteria in the gut, it helps digest cellulose and other plant constituents

+How do I know if my stomach pain is serious?

Any of the following are signs of potentially serious digestive conditions and follow-up with your medical team and or emergency are recommended.

  • Signs of bleeding
  • Fever
  • Intense pain
  • Vomiting
  • Sudden pain in the lower part of the abdomen may be a sign of appendicitis. It may also be accompanied by a fever.

+How do I know which digestive test is right for me? 

Your Naturopath or Nurse Practitioner will help assess which test is right for you, including an analysis of the most cost-efficient path of testing. We recommend a New Patient Visit with one of our Naturopathic Doctors for the most comprehensive approach to your health or a Pre-Lab Visit for a quick snapshot prior to lab testing as there are many tests available.  Lab testing alone is a one-dimensional picture of your health. The expertise of a health professional is required to create a three-dimensional picture for proper selection, and interpretation of lab testing. To complete your care we recommend booking your Post-Lab consult 2 weeks after testing to review your results and receive your tailored health plan.

+How are these Digestive tests different than the tests that my doctor does? 

The digestive tests available through Naturopaths, Nurse Practitioners or Integrative Doctors incorporate the latest scientific strategies and are more specific to the functional imbalances in the digestive system (including dysbiosis, candida overgrowth, and SIBO) and complement what your traditional doctor and gastroenterologist will test for that are covered by provincial insurance plans such as OHIP. Your clinician will also refer you back to your medical practitioner when tests are available that are covered by insurance plans. Integrative practitioners will also assess your lab results based on optimal vs normal ranges to be proactive vs reactive in health.

+Are these Digestive tests covered under insurance plans?

Third-party insurance companies may cover all or a portion of your consultations. At this time most often they do not cover this testing.  Please check with your individual provider for details and how to submit claims.

+How is digestive dysfunction treated?

Your Revivelife clinician will review all findings and create a tailored plan for you based on what are the root causes of your digestive dysfunction. The use of tailored probiotics, prebiotics, anti-inflammatories, nutrients, stress management, and or acupuncture that promote healing is often advised. Additional testing including food sensitivities, SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), and or an organic acid test may be considered to further investigate the potential causes of increased GI concerns.

A few simple tips to promote digestion include:

  • Enjoying mint or chamomile tea after dining
  • Avoiding processed foods
  • Relaxing while dining
  • Eat fruit between meals instead of with meals
  • Avoid overeating or too close to bedtime.

We recommend a New Patient Visit for the most comprehensive approach to your health or a Pre-Lab Visit for a quick snapshot before lab testing and a Post-Lab consult to review your results and receive your tailored health plan. To book an appointment click here.

The principal risks of developing digestive dysfunction include:

  • Genetic Link
  • Poor Diet – standard American diet, which is low in fiber and high in sugar and saturated fats
  • Excess Alcohol
  • Stress – reducing the good microbiome and digestive enzymes
  • Aging – reduction of digestive enzymes
  • Medication Use – antibiotics, NSAIDs
 
 
 

+How do you know if your digestive system is working properly?

The seven most common signs that your digestion is not working properly include:

  1. Upset stomach – gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, and or heartburn
  2. A poor menu – refined foods, high sugar-diet and over indulgences in coffee, tea, or other processed beverages
  3. Unintentional weight changes
  4. Sleep disturbances or constant fatigue
  5. Skin irritations – acne, eczema, psoriasis, or rosacea
  6. Autoimmune conditions – celiac, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis
  7. Food intolerances, sensitivities, or allergies

+Why do I feel bloated often?

Bloating is often caused by excess gas production or disturbances in the movement of the muscles of the digestive system. Bloating can often cause pain, discomfort or cause your stomach to look bigger. In many cases, there is an underlying imbalance of the GI system which may include SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), food intolerances, sensitivities or allergies, and or disturbances in the digestive microbiome.

+ How many times a day is optimal for bowel movements?

The optimal is one bowel movement after each meal – the realistic goal is at least one bowel movement a day.

+How long does digestion take?

Digestion varies in individuals and between men and women. After eating it generally takes about six to eight hours for food to pass through your stomach and small intestine. Food then enters your large intestine (colon) for further digestion, absorption of water, and then finally the elimination of undigested food. Mayo Clinic researchers found that the average time from eating to the elimination of stool averaged 53 hours (which may be overstated, as the markers used by the researchers passed more slowly than the actual food ingested). Men tend to digest at a faster rate than women.

+What are digestive enzymes?

Digestive enzymes are released by your body to help you break down the foods that you eat. Here is a list of common digestive enzymes and their functions.

 

 Key Digestive Enzymes and Their Functions
PepsinSecreted by cells in the stomach lining; in combination with stomach acid, it helps break down proteins into peptides in the stomach
TrypsinOriginating in the pancreas and the intestinal lining, trypsin is secreted into the duodenum (the upper portion of the small intestine), where it breaks down peptides formed in the stomach into amino acids
ChymotrypsinA digestive enzyme originating in the pancreas and the intestinal lining, it is activated by the action of trypsin and helps break down protein
ProteasesSecreted by the pancreas, they facilitate the breakdown of proteins into amino acids
AmylasePresent in saliva, and also secreted by the pancreas, it cleaves complex carbohydrate molecules into manageable sugars
LipasePresent in saliva, and also secreted by the pancreas, it facilitates breakdown of lipids (fats) into useable components
LactaseSecreted by cells lining the small intestine, it helps break down lactose (milk sugar)
Papain (from papaya)Supplements help protein digestion
CellulaseProduced by “friendly” bacteria in the gut, it helps digest cellulose and other plant constituents

+How do I know if my stomach pain is serious?

Any of the following are signs of potentially serious digestive conditions and follow-up with your medical team and or emergency are recommended.

  • Signs of bleeding
  • Fever
  • Intense pain
  • Vomiting
  • Sudden pain in the lower part of the abdomen may be a sign of appendicitis. It may also be accompanied by a fever.

+How do I know which digestive test is right for me? 

Your Naturopath or Nurse Practitioner will help assess which test is right for you, including an analysis of the most cost-efficient path of testing. We recommend a New Patient Visit with one of our Naturopathic Doctors for the most comprehensive approach to your health or a Pre-Lab Visit for a quick snapshot prior to lab testing as there are many tests available.  Lab testing alone is a one-dimensional picture of your health. The expertise of a health professional is required to create a three-dimensional picture for proper selection, and interpretation of lab testing. To complete your care we recommend booking your Post-Lab consult 2 weeks after testing to review your results and receive your tailored health plan.

+How are these Digestive tests different than the tests that my doctor does? 

The digestive tests available through Naturopaths, Nurse Practitioners or Integrative Doctors incorporate the latest scientific strategies and are more specific to the functional imbalances in the digestive system (including dysbiosis, candida overgrowth, and SIBO) and complement what your traditional doctor and gastroenterologist will test for that are covered by provincial insurance plans such as OHIP. Your clinician will also refer you back to your medical practitioner when tests are available that are covered by insurance plans. Integrative practitioners will also assess your lab results based on optimal vs normal ranges to be proactive vs reactive in health.

+Are these Digestive tests covered under insurance plans?

Third-party insurance companies may cover all or a portion of your consultations. At this time most often they do not cover this testing.  Please check with your individual provider for details and how to submit claims.

+How is digestive dysfunction treated?

Your Revivelife clinician will review all findings and create a tailored plan for you based on what are the root causes of your digestive dysfunction. The use of tailored probiotics, prebiotics, anti-inflammatories, nutrients, stress management, and or acupuncture that promote healing is often advised. Additional testing including food sensitivities, SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), and or an organic acid test may be considered to further investigate the potential causes of increased GI concerns.

A few simple tips to promote digestion include:

  • Enjoying mint or chamomile tea after dining
  • Avoiding processed foods
  • Relaxing while dining
  • Eat fruit between meals instead of with meals
  • Avoid overeating or too close to bedtime.

We recommend a New Patient Visit for the most comprehensive approach to your health or a Pre-Lab Visit for a quick snapshot before lab testing and a Post-Lab consult to review your results and receive your tailored health plan. To book an appointment click here.

The seven most common signs that your digestion is not working properly include:

  1. Upset stomach – gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, and or heartburn
  2. A poor menu – refined foods, high sugar-diet and over indulgences in coffee, tea, or other processed beverages
  3. Unintentional weight changes
  4. Sleep disturbances or constant fatigue
  5. Skin irritations – acne, eczema, psoriasis, or rosacea
  6. Autoimmune conditions – celiac, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis
  7. Food intolerances, sensitivities, or allergies
 
 
 

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  1.  

+Why do I feel bloated often?

Bloating is often caused by excess gas production or disturbances in the movement of the muscles of the digestive system. Bloating can often cause pain, discomfort or cause your stomach to look bigger. In many cases, there is an underlying imbalance of the GI system which may include SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), food intolerances, sensitivities or allergies, and or disturbances in the digestive microbiome.

+ How many times a day is optimal for bowel movements?

The optimal is one bowel movement after each meal – the realistic goal is at least one bowel movement a day.

+How long does digestion take?

Digestion varies in individuals and between men and women. After eating it generally takes about six to eight hours for food to pass through your stomach and small intestine. Food then enters your large intestine (colon) for further digestion, absorption of water, and then finally the elimination of undigested food. Mayo Clinic researchers found that the average time from eating to the elimination of stool averaged 53 hours (which may be overstated, as the markers used by the researchers passed more slowly than the actual food ingested). Men tend to digest at a faster rate than women.

+What are digestive enzymes?

Digestive enzymes are released by your body to help you break down the foods that you eat. Here is a list of common digestive enzymes and their functions.

 

 Key Digestive Enzymes and Their Functions
PepsinSecreted by cells in the stomach lining; in combination with stomach acid, it helps break down proteins into peptides in the stomach
TrypsinOriginating in the pancreas and the intestinal lining, trypsin is secreted into the duodenum (the upper portion of the small intestine), where it breaks down peptides formed in the stomach into amino acids
ChymotrypsinA digestive enzyme originating in the pancreas and the intestinal lining, it is activated by the action of trypsin and helps break down protein
ProteasesSecreted by the pancreas, they facilitate the breakdown of proteins into amino acids
AmylasePresent in saliva, and also secreted by the pancreas, it cleaves complex carbohydrate molecules into manageable sugars
LipasePresent in saliva, and also secreted by the pancreas, it facilitates breakdown of lipids (fats) into useable components
LactaseSecreted by cells lining the small intestine, it helps break down lactose (milk sugar)
Papain (from papaya)Supplements help protein digestion
CellulaseProduced by “friendly” bacteria in the gut, it helps digest cellulose and other plant constituents

+How do I know if my stomach pain is serious?

Any of the following are signs of potentially serious digestive conditions and follow-up with your medical team and or emergency are recommended.

  • Signs of bleeding
  • Fever
  • Intense pain
  • Vomiting
  • Sudden pain in the lower part of the abdomen may be a sign of appendicitis. It may also be accompanied by a fever.

+How do I know which digestive test is right for me? 

Your Naturopath or Nurse Practitioner will help assess which test is right for you, including an analysis of the most cost-efficient path of testing. We recommend a New Patient Visit with one of our Naturopathic Doctors for the most comprehensive approach to your health or a Pre-Lab Visit for a quick snapshot prior to lab testing as there are many tests available.  Lab testing alone is a one-dimensional picture of your health. The expertise of a health professional is required to create a three-dimensional picture for proper selection, and interpretation of lab testing. To complete your care we recommend booking your Post-Lab consult 2 weeks after testing to review your results and receive your tailored health plan.

+How are these Digestive tests different than the tests that my doctor does? 

The digestive tests available through Naturopaths, Nurse Practitioners or Integrative Doctors incorporate the latest scientific strategies and are more specific to the functional imbalances in the digestive system (including dysbiosis, candida overgrowth, and SIBO) and complement what your traditional doctor and gastroenterologist will test for that are covered by provincial insurance plans such as OHIP. Your clinician will also refer you back to your medical practitioner when tests are available that are covered by insurance plans. Integrative practitioners will also assess your lab results based on optimal vs normal ranges to be proactive vs reactive in health.

+Are these Digestive tests covered under insurance plans?

Third-party insurance companies may cover all or a portion of your consultations. At this time most often they do not cover this testing.  Please check with your individual provider for details and how to submit claims.

+How is digestive dysfunction treated?

Your Revivelife clinician will review all findings and create a tailored plan for you based on what are the root causes of your digestive dysfunction. The use of tailored probiotics, prebiotics, anti-inflammatories, nutrients, stress management, and or acupuncture that promote healing is often advised. Additional testing including food sensitivities, SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), and or an organic acid test may be considered to further investigate the potential causes of increased GI concerns.

A few simple tips to promote digestion include:

  • Enjoying mint or chamomile tea after dining
  • Avoiding processed foods
  • Relaxing while dining
  • Eat fruit between meals instead of with meals
  • Avoid overeating or too close to bedtime.

We recommend a New Patient Visit for the most comprehensive approach to your health or a Pre-Lab Visit for a quick snapshot before lab testing and a Post-Lab consult to review your results and receive your tailored health plan. To book an appointment click here.

Bloating is often caused by excess gas production or disturbances in the movement of the muscles of the digestive system. Bloating can often cause pain, discomfort or cause your stomach to look bigger. In many cases, there is an underlying imbalance of the GI system which may include SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), food intolerances, sensitivities or allergies, and or disturbances in the digestive microbiome.

 
 
 

 

+

 

+ How many times a day is optimal for bowel movements?

The optimal is one bowel movement after each meal – the realistic goal is at least one bowel movement a day.

+How long does digestion take?

Digestion varies in individuals and between men and women. After eating it generally takes about six to eight hours for food to pass through your stomach and small intestine. Food then enters your large intestine (colon) for further digestion, absorption of water, and then finally the elimination of undigested food. Mayo Clinic researchers found that the average time from eating to the elimination of stool averaged 53 hours (which may be overstated, as the markers used by the researchers passed more slowly than the actual food ingested). Men tend to digest at a faster rate than women.

+What are digestive enzymes?

Digestive enzymes are released by your body to help you break down the foods that you eat. Here is a list of common digestive enzymes and their functions.

 

 Key Digestive Enzymes and Their Functions
PepsinSecreted by cells in the stomach lining; in combination with stomach acid, it helps break down proteins into peptides in the stomach
TrypsinOriginating in the pancreas and the intestinal lining, trypsin is secreted into the duodenum (the upper portion of the small intestine), where it breaks down peptides formed in the stomach into amino acids
ChymotrypsinA digestive enzyme originating in the pancreas and the intestinal lining, it is activated by the action of trypsin and helps break down protein
ProteasesSecreted by the pancreas, they facilitate the breakdown of proteins into amino acids
AmylasePresent in saliva, and also secreted by the pancreas, it cleaves complex carbohydrate molecules into manageable sugars
LipasePresent in saliva, and also secreted by the pancreas, it facilitates breakdown of lipids (fats) into useable components
LactaseSecreted by cells lining the small intestine, it helps break down lactose (milk sugar)
Papain (from papaya)Supplements help protein digestion
CellulaseProduced by “friendly” bacteria in the gut, it helps digest cellulose and other plant constituents

+How do I know if my stomach pain is serious?

Any of the following are signs of potentially serious digestive conditions and follow-up with your medical team and or emergency are recommended.

  • Signs of bleeding
  • Fever
  • Intense pain
  • Vomiting
  • Sudden pain in the lower part of the abdomen may be a sign of appendicitis. It may also be accompanied by a fever.

+How do I know which digestive test is right for me? 

Your Naturopath or Nurse Practitioner will help assess which test is right for you, including an analysis of the most cost-efficient path of testing. We recommend a New Patient Visit with one of our Naturopathic Doctors for the most comprehensive approach to your health or a Pre-Lab Visit for a quick snapshot prior to lab testing as there are many tests available.  Lab testing alone is a one-dimensional picture of your health. The expertise of a health professional is required to create a three-dimensional picture for proper selection, and interpretation of lab testing. To complete your care we recommend booking your Post-Lab consult 2 weeks after testing to review your results and receive your tailored health plan.

+How are these Digestive tests different than the tests that my doctor does? 

The digestive tests available through Naturopaths, Nurse Practitioners or Integrative Doctors incorporate the latest scientific strategies and are more specific to the functional imbalances in the digestive system (including dysbiosis, candida overgrowth, and SIBO) and complement what your traditional doctor and gastroenterologist will test for that are covered by provincial insurance plans such as OHIP. Your clinician will also refer you back to your medical practitioner when tests are available that are covered by insurance plans. Integrative practitioners will also assess your lab results based on optimal vs normal ranges to be proactive vs reactive in health.

+Are these Digestive tests covered under insurance plans?

Third-party insurance companies may cover all or a portion of your consultations. At this time most often they do not cover this testing.  Please check with your individual provider for details and how to submit claims.

+How is digestive dysfunction treated?

Your Revivelife clinician will review all findings and create a tailored plan for you based on what are the root causes of your digestive dysfunction. The use of tailored probiotics, prebiotics, anti-inflammatories, nutrients, stress management, and or acupuncture that promote healing is often advised. Additional testing including food sensitivities, SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), and or an organic acid test may be considered to further investigate the potential causes of increased GI concerns.

A few simple tips to promote digestion include:

  • Enjoying mint or chamomile tea after dining
  • Avoiding processed foods
  • Relaxing while dining
  • Eat fruit between meals instead of with meals
  • Avoid overeating or too close to bedtime.

We recommend a New Patient Visit for the most comprehensive approach to your health or a Pre-Lab Visit for a quick snapshot before lab testing and a Post-Lab consult to review your results and receive your tailored health plan. To book an appointment click here.

The optimal is one bowel movement after each meal – the realistic goal is at least one bowel movement a day.

 
 
 
 
 
 

+How long does digestion take?

Digestion varies in individuals and between men and women. After eating it generally takes about six to eight hours for food to pass through your stomach and small intestine. Food then enters your large intestine (colon) for further digestion, absorption of water, and then finally the elimination of undigested food. Mayo Clinic researchers found that the average time from eating to the elimination of stool averaged 53 hours (which may be overstated, as the markers used by the researchers passed more slowly than the actual food ingested). Men tend to digest at a faster rate than women.

+What are digestive enzymes?

Digestive enzymes are released by your body to help you break down the foods that you eat. Here is a list of common digestive enzymes and their functions.

 

 Key Digestive Enzymes and Their Functions
PepsinSecreted by cells in the stomach lining; in combination with stomach acid, it helps break down proteins into peptides in the stomach
TrypsinOriginating in the pancreas and the intestinal lining, trypsin is secreted into the duodenum (the upper portion of the small intestine), where it breaks down peptides formed in the stomach into amino acids
ChymotrypsinA digestive enzyme originating in the pancreas and the intestinal lining, it is activated by the action of trypsin and helps break down protein
ProteasesSecreted by the pancreas, they facilitate the breakdown of proteins into amino acids
AmylasePresent in saliva, and also secreted by the pancreas, it cleaves complex carbohydrate molecules into manageable sugars
LipasePresent in saliva, and also secreted by the pancreas, it facilitates breakdown of lipids (fats) into useable components
LactaseSecreted by cells lining the small intestine, it helps break down lactose (milk sugar)
Papain (from papaya)Supplements help protein digestion
CellulaseProduced by “friendly” bacteria in the gut, it helps digest cellulose and other plant constituents

+How do I know if my stomach pain is serious?

Any of the following are signs of potentially serious digestive conditions and follow-up with your medical team and or emergency are recommended.

  • Signs of bleeding
  • Fever
  • Intense pain
  • Vomiting
  • Sudden pain in the lower part of the abdomen may be a sign of appendicitis. It may also be accompanied by a fever.

+How do I know which digestive test is right for me? 

Your Naturopath or Nurse Practitioner will help assess which test is right for you, including an analysis of the most cost-efficient path of testing. We recommend a New Patient Visit with one of our Naturopathic Doctors for the most comprehensive approach to your health or a Pre-Lab Visit for a quick snapshot prior to lab testing as there are many tests available.  Lab testing alone is a one-dimensional picture of your health. The expertise of a health professional is required to create a three-dimensional picture for proper selection, and interpretation of lab testing. To complete your care we recommend booking your Post-Lab consult 2 weeks after testing to review your results and receive your tailored health plan.

+How are these Digestive tests different than the tests that my doctor does? 

The digestive tests available through Naturopaths, Nurse Practitioners or Integrative Doctors incorporate the latest scientific strategies and are more specific to the functional imbalances in the digestive system (including dysbiosis, candida overgrowth, and SIBO) and complement what your traditional doctor and gastroenterologist will test for that are covered by provincial insurance plans such as OHIP. Your clinician will also refer you back to your medical practitioner when tests are available that are covered by insurance plans. Integrative practitioners will also assess your lab results based on optimal vs normal ranges to be proactive vs reactive in health.

+Are these Digestive tests covered under insurance plans?

Third-party insurance companies may cover all or a portion of your consultations. At this time most often they do not cover this testing.  Please check with your individual provider for details and how to submit claims.

+How is digestive dysfunction treated?

Your Revivelife clinician will review all findings and create a tailored plan for you based on what are the root causes of your digestive dysfunction. The use of tailored probiotics, prebiotics, anti-inflammatories, nutrients, stress management, and or acupuncture that promote healing is often advised. Additional testing including food sensitivities, SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), and or an organic acid test may be considered to further investigate the potential causes of increased GI concerns.

A few simple tips to promote digestion include:

  • Enjoying mint or chamomile tea after dining
  • Avoiding processed foods
  • Relaxing while dining
  • Eat fruit between meals instead of with meals
  • Avoid overeating or too close to bedtime.

We recommend a New Patient Visit for the most comprehensive approach to your health or a Pre-Lab Visit for a quick snapshot before lab testing and a Post-Lab consult to review your results and receive your tailored health plan. To book an appointment click here.

Digestion varies in individuals and between men and women. After eating it generally takes about six to eight hours for food to pass through your stomach and small intestine. Food then enters your large intestine (colon) for further digestion, absorption of water, and then finally the elimination of undigested food. Mayo Clinic researchers found that the average time from eating to the elimination of stool averaged 53 hours (which may be overstated, as the markers used by the researchers passed more slowly than the actual food ingested). Men tend to digest at a faster rate than women.

 
 
 
 
 
 

+

 

+What are digestive enzymes?

Digestive enzymes are released by your body to help you break down the foods that you eat. Here is a list of common digestive enzymes and their functions.

 

 Key Digestive Enzymes and Their Functions
PepsinSecreted by cells in the stomach lining; in combination with stomach acid, it helps break down proteins into peptides in the stomach
TrypsinOriginating in the pancreas and the intestinal lining, trypsin is secreted into the duodenum (the upper portion of the small intestine), where it breaks down peptides formed in the stomach into amino acids
ChymotrypsinA digestive enzyme originating in the pancreas and the intestinal lining, it is activated by the action of trypsin and helps break down protein
ProteasesSecreted by the pancreas, they facilitate the breakdown of proteins into amino acids
AmylasePresent in saliva, and also secreted by the pancreas, it cleaves complex carbohydrate molecules into manageable sugars
LipasePresent in saliva, and also secreted by the pancreas, it facilitates breakdown of lipids (fats) into useable components
LactaseSecreted by cells lining the small intestine, it helps break down lactose (milk sugar)
Papain (from papaya)Supplements help protein digestion
CellulaseProduced by “friendly” bacteria in the gut, it helps digest cellulose and other plant constituents

+How do I know if my stomach pain is serious?

Any of the following are signs of potentially serious digestive conditions and follow-up with your medical team and or emergency are recommended.

  • Signs of bleeding
  • Fever
  • Intense pain
  • Vomiting
  • Sudden pain in the lower part of the abdomen may be a sign of appendicitis. It may also be accompanied by a fever.

+How do I know which digestive test is right for me? 

Your Naturopath or Nurse Practitioner will help assess which test is right for you, including an analysis of the most cost-efficient path of testing. We recommend a New Patient Visit with one of our Naturopathic Doctors for the most comprehensive approach to your health or a Pre-Lab Visit for a quick snapshot prior to lab testing as there are many tests available.  Lab testing alone is a one-dimensional picture of your health. The expertise of a health professional is required to create a three-dimensional picture for proper selection, and interpretation of lab testing. To complete your care we recommend booking your Post-Lab consult 2 weeks after testing to review your results and receive your tailored health plan.

+How are these Digestive tests different than the tests that my doctor does? 

The digestive tests available through Naturopaths, Nurse Practitioners or Integrative Doctors incorporate the latest scientific strategies and are more specific to the functional imbalances in the digestive system (including dysbiosis, candida overgrowth, and SIBO) and complement what your traditional doctor and gastroenterologist will test for that are covered by provincial insurance plans such as OHIP. Your clinician will also refer you back to your medical practitioner when tests are available that are covered by insurance plans. Integrative practitioners will also assess your lab results based on optimal vs normal ranges to be proactive vs reactive in health.

+Are these Digestive tests covered under insurance plans?

Third-party insurance companies may cover all or a portion of your consultations. At this time most often they do not cover this testing.  Please check with your individual provider for details and how to submit claims.

+How is digestive dysfunction treated?

Your Revivelife clinician will review all findings and create a tailored plan for you based on what are the root causes of your digestive dysfunction. The use of tailored probiotics, prebiotics, anti-inflammatories, nutrients, stress management, and or acupuncture that promote healing is often advised. Additional testing including food sensitivities, SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), and or an organic acid test may be considered to further investigate the potential causes of increased GI concerns.

A few simple tips to promote digestion include:

  • Enjoying mint or chamomile tea after dining
  • Avoiding processed foods
  • Relaxing while dining
  • Eat fruit between meals instead of with meals
  • Avoid overeating or too close to bedtime.

We recommend a New Patient Visit for the most comprehensive approach to your health or a Pre-Lab Visit for a quick snapshot before lab testing and a Post-Lab consult to review your results and receive your tailored health plan. To book an appointment click here.

Digestive enzymes are released by your body to help you break down the foods that you eat. Here is a list of common digestive enzymes and their functions.

 Key Digestive Enzymes and Their Functions
PepsinSecreted by cells in the stomach lining; in combination with stomach acid, it helps break down proteins into peptides in the stomach
TrypsinOriginating in the pancreas and the intestinal lining, trypsin is secreted into the duodenum (the upper portion of the small intestine), where it breaks down peptides formed in the stomach into amino acids
ChymotrypsinA digestive enzyme originating in the pancreas and the intestinal lining, it is activated by the action of trypsin and helps break down protein
ProteasesSecreted by the pancreas, they facilitate the breakdown of proteins into amino acids
AmylasePresent in saliva, and also secreted by the pancreas, it cleaves complex carbohydrate molecules into manageable sugars
LipasePresent in saliva, and also secreted by the pancreas, it facilitates breakdown of lipids (fats) into useable components
LactaseSecreted by cells lining the small intestine, it helps break down lactose (milk sugar)
Papain (from papaya)Supplements help protein digestion
CellulaseProduced by “friendly” bacteria in the gut, it helps digest cellulose and other plant constituents
 
 
 
 
 
 

+

+What are digestive enzymes?

+How do I know if my stomach pain is serious?

Any of the following are signs of potentially serious digestive conditions and follow-up with your medical team and or emergency are recommended.

  • Signs of bleeding
  • Fever
  • Intense pain
  • Vomiting
  • Sudden pain in the lower part of the abdomen may be a sign of appendicitis. It may also be accompanied by a fever.

+How do I know which digestive test is right for me? 

Your Naturopath or Nurse Practitioner will help assess which test is right for you, including an analysis of the most cost-efficient path of testing. We recommend a New Patient Visit with one of our Naturopathic Doctors for the most comprehensive approach to your health or a Pre-Lab Visit for a quick snapshot prior to lab testing as there are many tests available.  Lab testing alone is a one-dimensional picture of your health. The expertise of a health professional is required to create a three-dimensional picture for proper selection, and interpretation of lab testing. To complete your care we recommend booking your Post-Lab consult 2 weeks after testing to review your results and receive your tailored health plan.

+How are these Digestive tests different than the tests that my doctor does? 

The digestive tests available through Naturopaths, Nurse Practitioners or Integrative Doctors incorporate the latest scientific strategies and are more specific to the functional imbalances in the digestive system (including dysbiosis, candida overgrowth, and SIBO) and complement what your traditional doctor and gastroenterologist will test for that are covered by provincial insurance plans such as OHIP. Your clinician will also refer you back to your medical practitioner when tests are available that are covered by insurance plans. Integrative practitioners will also assess your lab results based on optimal vs normal ranges to be proactive vs reactive in health.

+Are these Digestive tests covered under insurance plans?

Third-party insurance companies may cover all or a portion of your consultations. At this time most often they do not cover this testing.  Please check with your individual provider for details and how to submit claims.

+How is digestive dysfunction treated?

Your Revivelife clinician will review all findings and create a tailored plan for you based on what are the root causes of your digestive dysfunction. The use of tailored probiotics, prebiotics, anti-inflammatories, nutrients, stress management, and or acupuncture that promote healing is often advised. Additional testing including food sensitivities, SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), and or an organic acid test may be considered to further investigate the potential causes of increased GI concerns.

A few simple tips to promote digestion include:

  • Enjoying mint or chamomile tea after dining
  • Avoiding processed foods
  • Relaxing while dining
  • Eat fruit between meals instead of with meals
  • Avoid overeating or too close to bedtime.

We recommend a New Patient Visit for the most comprehensive approach to your health or a Pre-Lab Visit for a quick snapshot before lab testing and a Post-Lab consult to review your results and receive your tailored health plan. To book an appointment click here.

Any of the following are signs of potentially serious digestive conditions and follow-up with your medical team and or emergency are recommended.

  • Signs of bleeding
  • Fever
  • Intense pain
  • Vomiting
  • Sudden pain in the lower part of the abdomen may be a sign of appendicitis. It may also be accompanied by a fever.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

+

  •  

+How do I know which digestive test is right for me? 

Your Naturopath or Nurse Practitioner will help assess which test is right for you, including an analysis of the most cost-efficient path of testing. We recommend a New Patient Visit with one of our Naturopathic Doctors for the most comprehensive approach to your health or a Pre-Lab Visit for a quick snapshot prior to lab testing as there are many tests available.  Lab testing alone is a one-dimensional picture of your health. The expertise of a health professional is required to create a three-dimensional picture for proper selection, and interpretation of lab testing. To complete your care we recommend booking your Post-Lab consult 2 weeks after testing to review your results and receive your tailored health plan.

+How are these Digestive tests different than the tests that my doctor does? 

The digestive tests available through Naturopaths, Nurse Practitioners or Integrative Doctors incorporate the latest scientific strategies and are more specific to the functional imbalances in the digestive system (including dysbiosis, candida overgrowth, and SIBO) and complement what your traditional doctor and gastroenterologist will test for that are covered by provincial insurance plans such as OHIP. Your clinician will also refer you back to your medical practitioner when tests are available that are covered by insurance plans. Integrative practitioners will also assess your lab results based on optimal vs normal ranges to be proactive vs reactive in health.

+Are these Digestive tests covered under insurance plans?

Third-party insurance companies may cover all or a portion of your consultations. At this time most often they do not cover this testing.  Please check with your individual provider for details and how to submit claims.

+How is digestive dysfunction treated?

Your Revivelife clinician will review all findings and create a tailored plan for you based on what are the root causes of your digestive dysfunction. The use of tailored probiotics, prebiotics, anti-inflammatories, nutrients, stress management, and or acupuncture that promote healing is often advised. Additional testing including food sensitivities, SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), and or an organic acid test may be considered to further investigate the potential causes of increased GI concerns.

A few simple tips to promote digestion include:

  • Enjoying mint or chamomile tea after dining
  • Avoiding processed foods
  • Relaxing while dining
  • Eat fruit between meals instead of with meals
  • Avoid overeating or too close to bedtime.

We recommend a New Patient Visit for the most comprehensive approach to your health or a Pre-Lab Visit for a quick snapshot before lab testing and a Post-Lab consult to review your results and receive your tailored health plan. To book an appointment click here.

Your Naturopath or Nurse Practitioner will help assess which test is right for you, including an analysis of the most cost-efficient path of testing. We recommend a New Patient Visit with one of our Naturopathic Doctors for the most comprehensive approach to your health or a Pre-Lab Visit for a quick snapshot prior to lab testing as there are many tests available.  Lab testing alone is a one-dimensional picture of your health. The expertise of a health professional is required to create a three-dimensional picture for proper selection, and interpretation of lab testing. To complete your care we recommend booking your Post-Lab consult 2 weeks after testing to review your results and receive your tailored health plan.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

+

  •  

+

 

+How are these Digestive tests different than the tests that my doctor does? 

The digestive tests available through Naturopaths, Nurse Practitioners or Integrative Doctors incorporate the latest scientific strategies and are more specific to the functional imbalances in the digestive system (including dysbiosis, candida overgrowth, and SIBO) and complement what your traditional doctor and gastroenterologist will test for that are covered by provincial insurance plans such as OHIP. Your clinician will also refer you back to your medical practitioner when tests are available that are covered by insurance plans. Integrative practitioners will also assess your lab results based on optimal vs normal ranges to be proactive vs reactive in health.

+Are these Digestive tests covered under insurance plans?

Third-party insurance companies may cover all or a portion of your consultations. At this time most often they do not cover this testing.  Please check with your individual provider for details and how to submit claims.

+How is digestive dysfunction treated?

Your Revivelife clinician will review all findings and create a tailored plan for you based on what are the root causes of your digestive dysfunction. The use of tailored probiotics, prebiotics, anti-inflammatories, nutrients, stress management, and or acupuncture that promote healing is often advised. Additional testing including food sensitivities, SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), and or an organic acid test may be considered to further investigate the potential causes of increased GI concerns.

A few simple tips to promote digestion include:

  • Enjoying mint or chamomile tea after dining
  • Avoiding processed foods
  • Relaxing while dining
  • Eat fruit between meals instead of with meals
  • Avoid overeating or too close to bedtime.

We recommend a New Patient Visit for the most comprehensive approach to your health or a Pre-Lab Visit for a quick snapshot before lab testing and a Post-Lab consult to review your results and receive your tailored health plan. To book an appointment click here.

The digestive tests available through Naturopaths, Nurse Practitioners or Integrative Doctors incorporate the latest scientific strategies and are more specific to the functional imbalances in the digestive system (including dysbiosis, candida overgrowth, and SIBO) and complement what your traditional doctor and gastroenterologist will test for that are covered by provincial insurance plans such as OHIP. Your clinician will also refer you back to your medical practitioner when tests are available that are covered by insurance plans. Integrative practitioners will also assess your lab results based on optimal vs normal ranges to be proactive vs reactive in health.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

+

  •  

+

+

 

+Are these Digestive tests covered under insurance plans?

Third-party insurance companies may cover all or a portion of your consultations. At this time most often they do not cover this testing.  Please check with your individual provider for details and how to submit claims.

+How is digestive dysfunction treated?

Your Revivelife clinician will review all findings and create a tailored plan for you based on what are the root causes of your digestive dysfunction. The use of tailored probiotics, prebiotics, anti-inflammatories, nutrients, stress management, and or acupuncture that promote healing is often advised. Additional testing including food sensitivities, SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), and or an organic acid test may be considered to further investigate the potential causes of increased GI concerns.

A few simple tips to promote digestion include:

  • Enjoying mint or chamomile tea after dining
  • Avoiding processed foods
  • Relaxing while dining
  • Eat fruit between meals instead of with meals
  • Avoid overeating or too close to bedtime.

We recommend a New Patient Visit for the most comprehensive approach to your health or a Pre-Lab Visit for a quick snapshot before lab testing and a Post-Lab consult to review your results and receive your tailored health plan. To book an appointment click here.

Third-party insurance companies may cover all or a portion of your consultations. At this time most often they do not cover this testing.  Please check with your individual provider for details and how to submit claims.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Your Revivelife clinician will review all findings and create a tailored plan for you based on what are the root causes of your digestive dysfunction. The use of tailored probiotics, prebiotics, anti-inflammatories, nutrients, stress management, and or acupuncture that promote healing is often advised. Additional testing including food sensitivities, SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), and or an organic acid test may be considered to further investigate the potential causes of increased GI concerns.

A few simple tips to promote digestion include:

  • Enjoying mint or chamomile tea after dining
  • Avoiding processed foods
  • Relaxing while dining
  • Eat fruit between meals instead of with meals
  • Avoid overeating or too close to bedtime.

We recommend a New Patient Visit for the most comprehensive approach to your health or a Pre-Lab Visit for a quick snapshot before lab testing and a Post-Lab consult to review your results and receive your tailored health plan. To book an appointment click here.

Your Revivelife clinician will review all findings and create a tailored plan for you based on what are the root causes of your digestive dysfunction. The use of tailored probiotics, prebiotics, anti-inflammatories, nutrients, stress management, and or acupuncture that promote healing is often advised. Additional testing including food sensitivities, SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), and or an organic acid test may be considered to further investigate the potential causes of increased GI concerns.

A few simple tips to promote digestion include:

  • Enjoying mint or chamomile tea after dining
  • Avoiding processed foods
  • Relaxing while dining
  • Eat fruit between meals instead of with meals
  • Avoid overeating or too close to bedtime.

We recommend a New Patient Visit for the most comprehensive approach to your health or a Pre-Lab Visit for a quick snapshot before lab testing and a Post-Lab consult to review your results and receive your tailored health plan. To book an appointment click here.

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