- Have you ever had food poisoning from a “bad meal”?
- Did you experience “traveler’s diarrhea” on an exotic holiday?
- Have you been diagnosed with “IBS” (irritable bowel syndrome)
- Do you frequently experience heartburn, bloating, excess gas, gurgling, or other annoying and embarrassing symptoms?
If so, from experience I’m 99% certain you have an infection or overgrowth of bad bugs in your stomach and intestine.
As you know, my health challenges – “IBS”, heartburn, anxiety, fatigue, nausea and low sex drive, were partly caused by having three chronic digestive invaders lurking in my stomach and intestine: H. pylori (the ulcer bug), Blastocystis hominis (a tiny parasite) and Aspergillus, a mold overgrowth.
As you also know by now, Hompes Method philosophy dictates that symptoms are caused by too much bad stuff getting in your body, and your good stuff becoming depleted.
This process begins in your digestive system, which is why the majority of my clients begin their journey to wellness by working through the Hompes Method Digestive Health MOT.
The importance of your gut
Apart from your lungs, which exchange air, of course, your gut is the main interface between the outside world and your body.
Food and liquids enter your body through your mouth and then move through 20-odd feet of internal tubing known as your stomach, small intestine and large intestine.
During that journey, your body destroys threatening, or “bad stuff” it doesn’t want and takes in what it needs.
The only things separating your bloodstream from all that stuff coming in from the outside world are a few thin cell layers we call the mucosal barrier.
The mucus barrier is home to a disproportionately high number of immune cells. In fact, 80% of your immune system is in your gut – that’s how important your gut is!
Your stomach & intestinal linings are complex structures, with lots of different cells types: some cells make mucus, while some help you absorb nutrients.
Others neutralize invaders such as toxins, bad bacteria, parasites and yeast.
Others still can react strongly to certain foods such as gluten, cow’s milk and soy, as well as dozens of chemical food additives in processed foods.
What goes wrong?
It all starts with diet and lifestyle.
Foods such as gluten, soy, cow’s milk, alcohol and processed foods can damage your delicate mucus barrier.
This damage causes a major problem in that it can reduce the amount of nutrition you’re able to absorb from your food.
It can also cause a reduction in your immune soldier population, allowing bad bugs to get in and take a foothold.
Stress in all its forms also suppresses your gut immune army (excess cortisol that’s made by your body to deal with the stress actually leads to a reduction in your gut immune army).
The bad bugs perpetuate the damage, causing irritation and inflammation.
Cracks appear between the damaged mucus barrier cells, allowing toxins from the bad bugs (known as endotoxin), as well as undigested food particles, to enter your bloodstream.
This is called “leaky gut syndrome”.
By now, your ability to absorb nutrients from your food is even more compromised and you may well have developed nutrient deficiencies.
Because toxins and food particles are now in your bloodstream, the rest of your immune system becomes over-active, trying to neutralize all this stuff that shouldn’t really be there.
Your liver also becomes overwhelmed, as it has to deal with these gut-derived toxins.
As you become more toxic, you use up more and more nutrients, which can’t be replaced because you’re not able to digest and absorb your food properly.
“Stage one” symptoms:
Typical symptoms associated with the early stages of the above process are:
- Heartburn or acid reflux
- Belching and burping
- Stomach pain
- Abdominal cramping
- Excess wind
- Excessive gurgling in your digestive system
- Loose stools
This collection of symptoms is often given the dreaded “irritable bowel syndrome” label by doctors, which is an admission they know something’s wrong, but they don’t know how to correct it.
“Stage two” symptoms:
Over time, as your gut leaks more toxins and you become nutritionally depleted, you may find yourself with some of the following symptoms:
- Low energy
- Mood issues
- Sleep problems
- Low sex drive
- Memory and cognitive problems
- Menstrual irregularities
- Skin, hair and nail problems
- Aches and pains in muscles and joints
No symptoms at all?
In some cases, you may not feel many digestive symptoms at all. We’re not sure why, but some people just don’t feel symptoms in their gut, even when it’s a disaster zone.
Instead, you may just feel tired, moody or experience some of the other symptoms listed immediately above.
Bad stuff versus good stuff
Bad stuff getting in your gut includes:
- Bad foods – gluten, processed foods, polyunsaturated oils (PUFA), soya, cow’s milk, processed meat and others.
- Bad bugs – parasites, bacteria and yeast/fungi
- Bad toxins – including food additives, alcohol, medical and recreational drugs and other environmental toxins.
Good stuff that becomes depleted includes:
- Stomach acid – helps you digest protein, release minerals from food and kill bad bugs before they have a chance to reach your intestine.
- Digestive enzymes – made in your pancreas and help you digest food.
- Bile and bile salts – help digest dietary fat.
- Good bugs – support your immune system, help digest food, neutralize bad bugs, produce certain vitamins, play a role in weight management and may even affect your emotions!
Can you test all these markers?
The simple answer is “yes” you can.
In a single stool sample, it’s possible to measure:
- Good bacteria levels
- Which bad bugs you may be harboring
- Up to 35 different bad bugs may be detected – I’ve seen them all!
- Whether your bacteria levels are favoring fat storage in your body
- How many healthy nutrients (short chained fatty acids) are available for your intestinal cells
- Whether your intestine is inflamed
- How strong your gut immune soldier population is
- Your pancreatic digestive enzyme levels
- Whether you’re digesting protein, fat and vegetable matter properly
All these markers can be evaluated in a single stool sample because of specific cutting-edge technology developed by the laboratory.
How does this stool test differ from the ones my doctor can offer?
Stool testing in the doctors’ office tends to be limited to looking for bad bugs.
Common infections such as H. pylori, Giardia, Salmonella, E. coli and C. difficile might be looked at in these tests.
But the truth is that – with the exception of H. pylori, which is taken seriously – the medical system doesn’t really consider bad bugs as cause for concern unless you have severe vomiting and diarrhea for more than a few days.
Furthermore, there is no testing in the medical system that I’m aware of, that considers all the other markers analyzed in the tests I employ.
The GI Effects stool test
Unlike other stool tests, which require 3-4 samples taken on different days, the GI Effects stool test requires a single sample.
A test kit is sent to your home.
You provide a single stool sample, before returning your sample to the laboratory for analysis.
Results generally take between 10-14 working days and are emailed to you as a PDF document just as soon as we receive them.
We then book your 60-min follow up consultation to explain your results and formulate a plan to help you return to optimal, vibrant health!
Hompes Method Digestive Health MOT is a wonderful starting point
I’m always quick and careful to point out that your digestive system is a tricky thing to assess using a lab test.
Whilst the stool testing we use is incredibly helpful, there isn’t a single stool test on the planet that can lay claim to 100% accuracy.
This is why I insist on taking a full health and symptom history, as well as a food diary, from my clients in addition to running the stool test.
Using this careful approach, I’ve been able to help my clients vastly improve, or completely eliminate bad bugs, restore digestive function, and overcome symptoms in all but two or three cases.
The Hompes Method Digestive Health MOT includes:
- Complete paper-based health history and symptom analysis
- 5-day food diary analysis (to see which bad foods you’re eating ?)
- 60-75min initial phone consultation to help get your eating on track
- A GI Effects stool test
- A 60min follow-up consultation to explain your results and design your health plan.
Ordering an stool test or Digestive Health MOT
If you are a new customer you must first complete, sign and return the Hompes Method client intake paperwork.
If you are an existing customer and we’ve recommend you run a stool retest, simply click here or fill in the form below to place your order.