Question: What is usually on a stool test report? What does it contain and that kinda stuff?
Stool tests can provide a wealth of information about an individual’s digestive health and potential infections or imbalances. Here’s a table chart detailing various components and findings that might appear on a stool test report:
|Stool Test Component||Description/Information|
|Color||Indicates various conditions. For instance, black can suggest bleeding in the upper GI, while clay-colored might indicate bile duct obstruction.|
|Consistency||Can range from hard and lumpy to watery. The Bristol Stool Chart is often used as a reference to classify stool consistency.|
|Parasites and Eggs||Checks for the presence of parasites or their eggs, which can cause infections like giardiasis or tapeworm infestations.|
|Beneficial Bacteria||Measures levels of healthy gut bacteria essential for digestion and overall gut health.|
|Pathogenic Bacteria||Identifies harmful bacteria that might cause infections or imbalances in the gut.|
|Yeast||Checks for yeast overgrowth, like Candida, which can affect gut health and overall well-being.|
|pH Level||Measures the acidity or alkalinity of the stool, which can indicate digestive efficiency and the presence of certain bacteria.|
|Fat Content||High levels can indicate malabsorption or conditions like pancreatitis.|
|Digestive Enzymes||Levels can shed light on pancreatic function and the body’s ability to break down foods.|
|Inflammatory Markers||Such as calprotectin or lactoferrin, which can suggest inflammatory bowel disease or other inflammatory conditions.|
|Undigested Food||Presence can indicate poor digestion or malabsorption disorders.|
Please note: we have not included everything. This is just to give you an idea.
Question: What are some foods that can irritate gut health?
The table below will give you a good idea.
|Food||Reason as a Potential Gut Irritant|
|Gluten-containing foods (e.g., wheat, rye, barley)||Can trigger celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity, leading to inflammation and digestive issues.|
|Dairy products||Lactose can be difficult for many people to digest, leading to bloating, gas, and diarrhea.|
|Spicy foods||Can irritate the lining of the stomach and esophagus, potentially leading to heartburn or dyspepsia.|
|Fried and greasy foods||May cause bloating and discomfort due to slowed stomach emptying.|
|Coffee and other caffeinated beverages||Can stimulate acid production in the stomach and relax the lower esophageal sphincter, leading to acid reflux.|
|Alcohol||Can irritate the stomach lining, leading to inflammation and acid production.|
|Artificial sweeteners (e.g., sorbitol, mannitol)||Can cause gas, bloating, and diarrhea in some individuals.|
|Carbonated drinks||The bubbles can lead to gas and bloating.|
|Processed foods high in sodium or preservatives||Can disrupt the balance of gut bacteria, potentially leading to digestive issues.|
|Certain high-FODMAP foods (e.g., onions, garlic, beans)||Can be fermented by gut bacteria, leading to gas, bloating, and discomfort in sensitive individuals.|
Question: Beside MEVY Diet that you guys recommend for candida and gut health, what are some other gut friendly diets do you guys recommend for those that don’t want to do MEVY Diet? I understand that’s the one that works but I just want to know what are some other possibilities for me to explore. Thanks
Here’s a list of several top gut-friendly diets and a little information about each.
|Diet||Why It’s Gut-Friendly||Key Foods/Components||Additional Information|
|Mediterranean Diet||Rich in fiber and anti-inflammatory foods which promote a healthy gut microbiome.||Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, olive oil.||Also beneficial for heart health and weight management.|
|FODMAP Diet||Eliminates certain carbohydrates that can ferment in the gut and cause bloating and discomfort.||Limited lactose, fructose, fructans, galactans, and polyols.||Often used to manage irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).|
|Probiotic-rich Diet||Includes foods that contain beneficial bacteria which can help balance the gut microbiome.||Yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, miso.||Supports digestive health and boosts immunity.|
|Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet||Focuses on natural, unprocessed foods that are high in fiber and antioxidants.||Fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds.||May also reduce the risk of chronic diseases.|
|Paleo Diet||Eliminates processed foods, sugars, and grains which can be inflammatory.||Meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts.||Mimics the diet of our Paleolithic ancestors.|
|Gluten-Free Diet||Eliminates gluten which can be an irritant for those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.||Foods without wheat, barley, or rye.||Always check for hidden sources of gluten in processed foods.|
|Bone Broth Diet||Bone broth is rich in collagen and amino acids which can help heal the gut lining.||Bone broth from chicken, beef, or fish.||Often consumed in detoxes or gut-healing protocols.|
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