assessment tools of the Digestive Health Exam:
1. Signs and Symptoms Survey
These 2 surveys provide your perspective about your heath and the issues you are seeking help for. This subjective gauge gathers a wide range of information about your health, habits, and history. It starts with the basic information like medical history and diet and progresses with questions about your immune system, your state of mind, and digestion.
2. 12-hour-fasting Nutritional Stress Test
This thorough physical assessment examines over 40 stress points which identify nutritional deficiencies in the various tissues systems of the body. As each stress point is manipulated, your physiological response is recorded for later analysis. After a plant-based nutritional drink is administered and digested (roughly 45 minutes), the stress points are retested to see which points do not resolve. Those stress points that remain active are a direct indication of the tissues systems that are not able to access the nutrition they need for healthy functioning.
3. 24-hour urinalysis
Unlike other urinalyses that are based on a single random sampling, this 24-hour urinalysis tests all the urine produced in one full day. Since the general composition of urine fluctuates constantly, this testing method provides a more comprehensive appraisal of overall digestive health and absorptive functions. This test is also an effective blood analysis tool, since the nutrients not retained in the blood are dumped into the urine. Additionally, if substances that are critical to our health are found in the urine as waste products, we know our body needs help absorbing these valuable elements. The test is prognostic, not diagnostic. It is helpful in predicting our future digestive health if deficiencies are not addressed appropriately. The urinalysis analyzes the following aspects:
a. pH: the average pH range for urine is between 6.3-6.7, however our urine tends to be more acidic in the morning after a sleep-induced fast. In general it is better to have more acidic urine than more alkaline, since excess alkalinity can lead to calcium metabolism problems, anxiety, immune dysfunction and protease deficiency.
b. Specific Gravity compared to volume: The optimum volume range should be between 1200-1800 mL. If an unhealthy volume is measured, issues such as polyuria or oliguria may be implicated.
c. Chlorides: In a healthy digestive system, the body will eliminate chlorides to compensate for excess acid reserves or keep chlorides to balance out an excess in alkaline reserves.
d. Calcium: Even with the healthiest of diets filled with organic, pesticide-free vegetables, many people are still calcium-deficient. The best way to maintain adequate levels of calcium is through eliminating refined foods from the diet and taking calcium supplements.
e. Vitamin C: A deficiency in vitamin C often indicates either an excess in refined food consumption, pregnancy/lactation in women, or a suppressed immune system. These issues manifest themselves in fatigue, joint pain, bleeding gums and adrenal exhaustion.
f. Indican: Partially digested food may enter the blood stream leading to food allergies, or it may remain in the colon where it putrefies and forms a group of toxic substances called indican. The liver detoxifies the indican as much as possible and expels the rest in our urine.
g. Sediment: A normal 24-hour urine sampling has ½ mL of “sediment”- the residue by-product of our digestion. Malabsorption often reduces the amount of sediment, indicating poor assimilation of food, nutrient deficiencies, or fat and protein intolerances.
h. Abnormal Solutes: The only part of the test completed in a pathology lab, this test checks for the presence of glucose, blood, proteins, bilirubin, nitrites and other substances that should not be present in our urine.This test evaluates how well your body digests and absorbs nutrition from the food you eat. It will help determine the degree of mal-absorption your body is challenged with. The saying “you are what you eat” is not true; is much more accurate.