Only available through a Brunel Health Practitioner
Brunel TOTAL DIGESTIVE HEALTH®
The BRUNEL TOTAL DIGESTIVE HEALTH® profiles are easy to collect stool tests that will reveal the quantities and proportions of good microbes within the gut along with quantities and proportions of any undesirable or pathogenic microbes, as well as levels of yeast and fungi. The recent addition of the Brunel Intestinal Inflammation & Parasitololgy option means you can also test for Faecal Calprotectin and Ova, Cysts and Parasites. A simple tick box on the laboratory form enables you to decide at the time which tests you need to refer your client for. We also include a guaranteed delivery envelope free of charge to get the sample back to the laboratory the next day.
The Importance of Intestinal Health
Our intestines depend upon the co-existence of bacteria within for efficient digestion of food, and probably for defence against potentially harmful organisms too. The numbers of bacteria found in both the small but mainly in the large intestines are extraordinary – an estimated 100 trillion beneficial, or at least non-harmful, organisms can be expected to be found within a healthy human digestive system. These bacterial species (and there are as many as 1000 different species, although 99% of the bacteria belong to one of around 40 species) colonise the bowel from birth – by the age of one or two years, there is a complex interplay between the full set of bacteria and the cells lining the gut which results in a symbiotic partnership – meaning a mutually beneficial co-existence with both parties benefiting from the presence of the other. Intestinal dysbiosis occurs when there are unbalanced levels of bacteria or other micro-organisms in the bowel (in practice, the large bowel), resulting in overgrowth of certain species or deficiencies of others. In the human, beneficial bacteria include Bacteroides (about 30% of all gut bacteria), Lactobacillus, Bifidobacteria, Enterococci and some Clostridia species in balanced proportions. These species are normally found as commensal (exist in harmony with the host) or symbiotic (exist in a mutually beneficial relationship) organisms, but if present in excess or deficient in number, symptoms such as excessive flatulence, discomfort and loose motions may occur. More general symptoms may also be present, including fatigue and low mood for example, and possibly immune system disturbance and impaired absorption. Fungi are also found – but their role is less well researched.
Easy to Collect
All that is needed is a simple stool sample. A complete collection kit is given, this includes a flushable easy-collect hammock, collection container with scoop, and all the protective packaging to send back to our Laboratory. All you need to provide is the sample.
What you get with this service
- Test kit
- Results from an accredited laboratory
- Medical comment from a Brunel Health Private GP from Harley Street-included:
- QUANTITATIVE VALUES
- PRIVATE GP COMMENTS
- ENCOURAGE ACTIONS
- Phone and email support for any clinical or medical questions that might arise regarding the result