The source of many of our symptoms are often due to gut pathogens. This is because the gut is HEAVILY involved in our health.
A pathogen is any microorganism living inside you that’s harming your wellbeing.
They may not make you sick immediately – but rather remain in us and just contribute to leaky gut and further compromise your gut and, ultimately, your immune system.
A lot of people think that they have to have gut-specific symptoms to have a gut issue.
But let me be the first to tell you that’s actually not true.
Take me for example.
I dealt with debilitating migraines for over 20 years – in addition to crushing fatigue, brain fog so bad I could barely think or even formulate sentences sometimes, and insomnia so bad that sometimes I didn’t even think it was worth going to bed.
I had ZERO gut symptoms, so I didn’t think I had gut issues.
Boy, was I wrong.
When I ran my first gut pathogen test, it was LIT UP – H.Pylori, bacteria overgrowth, and compromised digestion.
And the thing is – that’s the case for so many of my clients. They don’t seemingly have a gut issue but a ton of other debilitating symptoms. But when we run the gut test, we see all sorts of things.
Here’s a run-down of what symptoms can be if you have gut pathogens:
If any of that resonates with you – you might have a gut pathogen.
A gut pathogen screen is one of the tests that I think ANYONE dealing with ANY of the above health concerns.
A healthy gut = a healthy body.
When I run a gut pathogen screen on my clients, I look for
🦠 bacterial imbalances
So let’s talk about what these are:
Contrary to popular belief, we all have parasites.
You can get parasites from swimming in lakes (and pools!), playing with your pets, eating undercooked meat and fish, drinking raw milk, eating fresh vegetables, touching farm animals (especially pigs), and even from simply rinsing your contacts out in tap water.
Below is a screenshot from a client test that shows parasites. The gut test I run has two sections of parasites. Even if something isn’t showing as “high” – any presence of a parasite can be negatively affecting the gut.
H.Pylori is a bacteria usually found in contaminated food and water and can also be passed from person to person from sharing drinks and food or kissing.
It infects your stomach, irritates your stomach lining, reduces stomach acid, and leads to ulcers, gas, and bloating. A lot of people who deal with acid reflux actually have low stomach acid due to H.Pylori.
Many of my clients who deal with anxiety and migraines have an H.Pylori infection.
About 60% of the labs I run report positive for H.Pylori.
Because H.Pylori is so problematic and can actually create an environment that the rest of the gut pathogens thrive in, it’s the first thing that I want to address when I see it come up on a test. Below is what I see on a lot of the labs I run:
While our gut is made up of bacteria and fungi that are beneficial and necessary, when the bad outnumber the good or even essential good bacteria are missing altogether, it can lead to gastrointestinal issues and inflammation.
Below is a screenshot from a client’s test. When bacteria overgrowth looks like this, it can lead to inflammation, reduced digestive capacity, low stomach acid, constipation, diarrhea, and more. The goal in this section is to get it all to <dl.< p=””></dl.<>
Fungal infections, including candida, can overtake your gut as well. Candida lives in our mouths, throats, guts, skin, and in our vaginas without causing problems as long as it stays balanced with the good bacteria in our body.
When things like antibiotics and hormonal birth control disrupt our good bacteria, candida can overgrow.
The longer we let candida and/or yeast infections go without addressing it, the harder it is to eradicate them.
When I see candida or other fungi/yeast pop up on the gut test I run – it means there is a LOT more than what the test reveals.
So that’s a rundown of what the 4 core gut pathogens are.
A few other things I look for are the following (see the test below that for reference):
- Elastase-1: Whether you’re able to effectively break down your food or not. If you often have food showing up in your stool, this marker will show up low and correlate with that and give us direction on how to address.
- b-Glucuronidase: When this is elevated, it shows us that the body struggles to detox specific toxins and hormones. If this is not addressed, long-term it can lead to cancer.
- Occult Blood: When this comes back with anything other than 0, it can indicate hemorrhoids or intestinal bleeding higher up in the digestive tract. I’ve seen this number as high is 45.
- Secretory IgA: This marker gives us a look at how your immune system is doing. If it’s low, you have diminished immune function.
- Calprotectin: This is a marker indicating inflammation across the body. The lower the number the better.
I get asked a lot – “Kim, what if nothing comes back on my gut test?”
I’ll tell you this – I’ve never had a client who dealt with debilitating symptoms like the ones listed in the final image in the post above come back with a clear gut test.
So how does this all work?
I work with clients all over the world 🌎. so it doesn’t matter where you live.
The test kit is mailed to your home, you take the sample at home, and then you ship it back to the lab. I get the results within a few weeks and we get together to discuss a plan to address the results using natural methods.
I know a lot of people say that testing can be expensive. And sure, there’s a cost associated with it. But three points to consider are:
1) What’s the longterm cost of NOT doing something about it now?
2) Your FSA or HSA could possibly cover part or all of it
3) I offer payment plans.
If you’re tired of dealing with your debilitating symptoms and
If you’re done wasting your time, money, and sanity trying to figure out what’s going on with your health, book a free call with me.
You’ll learn how my program Transformed uses functional lab tests to identify not only gut pathogens, but also hormone imbalances, mineral deficiencies, and other contributing factors to your symptoms.
If you have questions before booking a call – shoot me a message. I read every email I get and will get back to you quickly.
Get Your Gut “Back-in-Whack!”
Making these minor adjustments in your daily routine should help relieve some of your bloating, but it won’t heal the root cause completely. If your gut is damaged, your hormones or microbiome are imbalanced, or you have parasites or food sensitivities, you need to address those problems first and foremost. It’s the only way you’ll be able to find long-term relief.
Functional lab tests will help you identify those imbalances, intruders, or sensitivities so you can beat the bloat for good. My Transformed coaching package includes all the testing and support you’ll need to eliminate bloating once and for all. Book a free consultation to learn more!