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Help your Digestion find Zen

Digestive issues and autoimmune disease can cause annoying to debilitating symptoms on a daily basis, that adversely affect your quality of life. Dr. Hayley, who has celiac disease, understands first-hand the struggle involved with having to eat a restrictive diet, and what it takes to heal from autoimmune disease, and live a life free of symptoms. Few people realize how much of a connection there is between our digestive system, and overall health. If the health of the digestive system isn't optimized first, it is very difficult, if not impossible to achieve optimal health. Difficulty losing weight has also been associated with intestinal inflammation, leaky gut, and food sensitivities.  Finding out the underlying cause of your symptoms so that a targeted treatment approach can be implemented is an important part of the journey towards better health. 

Advanced stool testing, namely the CDSA 2.0, can help pinpoint the cause of your digestive issues. This means the underlying cause can be targeted and treated effectively. If you have annoying or debilitating symptoms like gas, bloating, indigestion, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, and blood or mucus in your stool, then this test may be right for you. It can help to differentiate between irritable bowel disease (IBS), and the more serious autoimmune diseases inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) which includes Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. There is a CDSA 2.0 that is specific for parasites if you've recently traveled to a country with poor sanitation or eat undercooked meat or fish on a regular basis. 

The Celiac, IBS, and Crohn's Array (CICA) Test gets more into the genetic markers for these conditions, to determine if you have a genetic predisposition for Celiac and Crohn's disease. This test will also tell you if you have intestinal inflammation and increased permeability going on which can occur in all 3 conditions. If you have gastrointestinal symptoms, an autoimmune disorder, leaky gut, or suspect you have crohn's, celiac, or IBS, then this test is for you. It can benefit those diagnosed with chronic fatigue, malnutrition, nutritional deficiencies, unintended weight loss, skin rashes, or those who just want more health efficiency, or who live a high performance lifestyle, such as athletes.

If you suspect you have food sensitivities, a food sensitivity test can help you determine which foods you should avoid. It is more convenient, and less time-consuming than doing an elimination-challenge diet, though elimination-challenge is still considered the gold standard to determine beyond a shadow of a doubt if you cannot tolerate a certain food or foods. As far as food sensitivity testing goes, the Alcat is one of the most accurate tests on the market today because it measures immune cell response to specific foods, additives, colorings and chemicals, whereas most food sensitivity tests just test IgG and IgM immunoglobulins alone. The Alcat test has been validated by demonstrating a high correlation with double-blind oral challenges with both food and additives. In addition, a controlled study from Baylor Medical College, reported 98% success for weight loss and/or improvement in body composition from patients who followed a diet based on the test results. 

If you already know you have food sensitivities or an autoimmune disease, then further testing may not be necessary. Dr. Hayley can still help improve your overall digestive health by using gut healing protocols, supplements tailored specifically to you, a special diet, and lifestyle changes.

If you'd like more information on how Dr. Hayley may be able to help you, then please set up a free 15 minute consultation.