fungal infection digestive health
Candida is a type of fungus. A Candida fungal infection is generally due to the overgrowth of Candida. This is referred to as Candidiasis. Candidiasis as an infection can encompass a broad range of clinical symptoms and signs. Therefore, providing information as to how superficial, deep or chronic the infection may be. What options are there with testing? To test for Candida this can be either performed by blood or by a stool sample. There are a few labs we use. However, most will require either blood collection or a stool sample to be posted to the lab for testing....
cdsa stool sample digestive health
What is a CDSA stool test? The Complete Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA) is a non-invasive test. It is used as a tool to assess the digestive system. This comprehensive test provides accurate information regarding several markers within your gastrointestinal system. This includes your digestive enzymes, acid verse alkaline levels of the gut, any positive detection of pathogenic organisms and beneficial bacteria. There are two kinds of methods used to analyse stool samples, cultured methods and DNA methods. Your Darling Health Naturopath will recommend which method is best for you. The result timeframe remains similar. How is the test performed? Any...
stool sample test
The calprotectin test is a stool sample test. It is tested by NutriPATH. Depending on your health scenario our Naturopaths may wish to investigate calprotectin as a single marker or in alliance. In alliance refers to a CDSA panel that includes other gastrointestinal markers. It is most often used to detect inflammation in the intestines. Intestinal inflammation can be associated with bacterial infections. It can also be found in patient's with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Furthermore this faecal test is useful as a screening tool. It can distinguish between non-inflammatory disorders and IBD, or to monitor disease activity. Additionally, the results will...
sibo breath test
What is a SIBO breath test? Small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a common gastrointestinal disorder often presenting chronic gastrointestinal symptoms of maldigestion from bloating, and flatulence to loose stools to abdominal pain. This easy, non-invasive test detects overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine. When excessive, the mucosal lining of the intestine is disrupted, leading to malabsorption of nutrients and this can stem into a series of health concerns. Who might SIBO breath testing be suitable for? If you experience gas, bloating, diarrhoea, abdominal pain or unexplained abdominal symptoms this may indicate some form of manifested bacterial overgrowth. It...
Fertility and your age
If you’re older and trying to get pregnant, you probably have an encyclopaedic knowledge of how your age might be working against you. You’ve heard it from doctors, watched ad campaigns about ‘not leaving it too late to conceive’, and probably read multiple magazine articles, blog posts and books about the subject. Unfortunately, buying back your fertile years isn’t an option. But don’t throw in the towel – or the ovulation sticks – just yet, because there are a lot of things you can do to test your fertility and increase your chances of conception, even if you’re pushing 40....