I recently added the BiomeFx stool analysis testing kit to my practice. It is a comprehensive stool analysis to indicate imbalances of good and opportunistic flora, pathogens and both primary and secondary digestion. I learned with my results, that certain imbalances are indicative of arthritis and auto-immune issues.
I primarily brought it in for clients who have GI issues including pain, distress and irregularities including constipation and diarrhea or diverticulitis.
I decided to submit my own sample and was surprised with the results, but am also thankful for the results!
Each client has had different issues with the microbiome balance. Some have food allergies, stomach pain, metabolism challenges or mood disregulation. Each test result I review with the doctors on staff with microbiome labs as the 19 page comprehensive report can be daunting when you see it. Here’s my BiomeFx results if you want to see it.
In some, there have been opportunistic bacteria as well as an imbalance in both the keystone species and the diversity of the biome. Some can indicate liver issues, digestive issues and poor vitamin synthesis or metabolism issues. I learned with mine, it can also indicate arthritis, auto-immune issues and food sensitivities commonly linked to leaky gut.
Did you know, the microbiome is what regulates metabolism, moods, and immunity? Most think it is just indicative of digestion issues but these results tell a larger story!
The test can indicate whether it is dysbiosis, an imbalance in flora, liver challenges, neurotransmitter issues (mood regulators like GABA), primary and secondary digestion, metabolism challenges, the integrity of the gut mucosal lining and so much more.
When I got my BiomeFx results, and I reviewed them with the doctor. Although I eat all the right things, even the things that the good doctor suggested, I had no gut flora to protect me from inflammation, arthritis and food sensitivities. I can just imagine how bad it would be if I didn’t eat well or didn’t do the anti-inflammatory plan!!
I also had very low GABA, low bifido bacteria and low diversity of the keystone species. But I also have too much lactobacillus bacteria (a good kind), which crowds out the others. My primary digestion is also a bit sluggish, so adding a digestive enzyme and a prebiotic will help me feed the good bugs with the better digested foods I eat. I did find a bifodo only probiotic which was harder to find than I expected. Within a week, I have already noticed a difference in my stool quality which I thought was already good.
Today I got my other supplements including the mucosal lining product. So we’ll see what happens in a month or 3.
The good thing is, that we can make changes to the diet, add specific supplements to help rebalance the primary digestion, rebuild the mucosal lining and support my body in creating GABA naturally.
The biggest surprise was when the good doctor mentioned how low my levels of akkermansia. He said this low level is seen in people with food sensitivities, arthritis and auto-immune issues. It also indicates inflammation. Bingo – no wonder I have a degenerative hip. It is hereditary and my mother also has this issue as did my paternal grandmother. So some of gut flora is passed on from mother to offspring during birth, but maybe all those years of stress eating, training and stress of running a business have also contributed to this imbalance. Who knows the exact reasons why, but now I can do something about it. Unfortunately, just food alone won’t do the trick.
Luckily, microbiome labs also has some probiotics specifically designed to rebuild that mucosal lining so I have ordered it and eagerly await for it to come in.
If I intend on regenerating my hip, an anti-inflammatory protocol will not be enough. I have done the emotional work to release the emotional injuries from childhood which cause my pain. I do yoga for stretching and strengthening. I do my PT and weight single leg exercises consistently. Now I need to correct the imbalance in my gut, so the hip can regenerate naturally by stopping the degradation process starting in my gut.
The body can heal given the right tools.
Nutrition, energy work, PT, yoga, strength training and now the stool analysis to rebalance the gut are the key tools to get the body closer to that innate healing and regenerating.
I posted mine because you may see that just eating healthy and living a healthy lifestyle may not be enough, especially if you have arthritis or auto-immune issues. So order your BiomeFx kit and find out what imbalances you may have that are causing your health issues.