Functional Digestion refers to your body’s ability to digest your food effectively and get it to where it is needed efficiently.  It is the cornerstone to all your health issues whether physical, mental or emotional.  Your body systems all need fuel in the right format and at the right time and the only way to get this is through your mouth.  Your food is, quite literally, the building blocks of your body so anything that disrupts your ability to get the food to where it is needed is going to have a negative effect on your wellbeing.Functional Digestion

Basic digestive health begins by knowing whether your body is physically able to break down, absorb and process the nutrition you put into it.  Otherwise, it does not matter how healthy your diet is, you could still be malnourished.  In functional medicine terms, there are 3 key areas to consider in digestive health: digestion/absorption, inflammation/immune function and the gut microbiome (the ‘ecosystem’ in your digestive tract).

Who is this for

This test is foundational for any and all health conditions because of several factors.  Firstly, your ability to digest food governs how well nourished your body systems are, so any imbalance here will affect the ‘fuel’ that gets to other parts of your body.  Secondly, inflammation is the main cause of chronic illness, so assessing inflammation in the gut is fundamental to addressing chronic health problems.  More specifically, however, this test is ideal for you if you experience any of the following:-

  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Indigestion
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Diarrhoea and/or Constipation
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease

How we Assess your Digestion

Using the D.A.R.I.N.G.™ approach to healthcare, this first stage is the Discovery, Analysis and Report phase.

  • 1:1 Discovery Consultation where we discuss your overall health and lifestyle.
  • 7-day food journal
  • Analysis of your gut function with a Comprehensive GI Effects profile.  This requires a 3-day stool sample that you can do at home.  A courier will collect your samples to take them to the laboratory for analysis.
  • Report on findings.  We will have a TeleMedicine call via video or telephone to discuss the findings of your consultation, food diary and laboratory results.

Genova Diagnostics GI Effects Test

  Click here to see a GI Effects Sample Report

Digestion using GI Effects functional imbalance score

The GI Effects® Comprehensive Stool Profile is a group of advanced stool tests that provide immediate, actionable clinical information for the management of gastrointestinal health. Utilizing cutting-edge technologies and biomarkers, this profile offers valuable insight into digestive function, intestinal inflammation, and the intestinal microbiome.

The report uses a proprietary scoring system known as Functional Imbalance Scores which help direct targeted therapeutic recommendations with support options included on the front page of the report. Clinicians can prioritize test findings and treatment based on score severity and because this is logged on your Healthie portal, you can track scores over time. Biomarkers are grouped and scored in 5 key areas relating to GI function:

  • Maldigetion
  • Leaky Gut Syndrome (inflammation in the gut)
  • Dysbiosis
  • Metabolic imbalance
  • Infection

The GI Effects Comprehensive Stool Profile can reveal important information about the root cause of many common gastrointestinal symptoms such as gas, bloating, indigestion, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and constipation. This stool analysis utilizes biomarkers such as fecal calprotectin to differentiate between Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). In addition, Genova’s GI Effects test can be used to evaluate patients with a clinical history that suggests a gastrointestinal infection or dysbiosis.

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