Have you ever been so distracted by your symptoms, that’s all you can think about?
Whether you’re experiencing the pain of persistent bloating or the stress of being in rush hour traffic, symptoms are the first sign our body is out of balance.
In the case of digestive issues like gas and bloating, it’s tempting to start altering our diet based on the latest information we’ve read online or in a magazine while waiting at the dentist.
However, there are many variables that may cause our symptoms.
It’s quicker to start an elimination diet than wait for an appointment with your primary care physician or gastroenterologist!
With any type of change is important to be methodical.
It’s critical to change one thing at a time and to monitor all the possible variables that could contribute to the result.
In addition to monitoring a range of variables, the duration of testing period is also important. For example, we tend to eat differently during the week to on weekends when out with friends or running from sport to sport with our families.
This difference may cause our results to vary dramatically and without a valid explanation prove to be unhelpful.
The ability to effectively compare results is crucial if we’re going to address the true cause of the problem and decrease or prevent symptoms from returning.
In order to be credible, tests should be:
- Easy to Obtain a Test Sample
For example, urinalysis, blood serum tests and stool tests are the most commonly used tests meeting these criteria.
Following the protocols of the Food Enzyme Institute I start with urinalysis to identify the body’s primary source of stress.
Identifying the primary source of stress, allows me to prioritize a client’s healing path and rebuild the foundation of their health before working on any complex issues identified during testing.
Laboratories are able to perform many more tests than the simple test trip that tests for ketones, certain infections and pregnancies. Their sophisticated equipment and standardized processes provide objective and repeatable results to make solid health care recommendations.
Urine testing has been replaced by blood testing to provide different but related information.
Our kidneys filter blood and urine is created as a by-product.
As part of this filtering process, urine contains excess waste products and often by products related to symptoms we’re experiencing.
For example, our body tends to retain substances it is deficient in and discard excesses. Excesses may be due to our dietary choices or due to our body’s chemical processes.
Blood tests are more common than urine tests today.
However, urine testing can tell us a lot about someone’s overall health.
There are several labs in the US that perform urine testing for us.
Testing follows a standard process described below:
- Screening processes to rule out diseases such as diabetes, liver and kidney disease
- Testing to rule out urinary tract infections and inflammation
- Physical tests including color, cloudiness, volume and specific gravity to evaluate the kidney’s efficiency at cleaning the blood
- Chemical tests to evaluate indican or the level of putrefying or unprocessed food in the colon; urinary sediment indicating problems with the digestion of protein, sugar or fat along with levels of certain vitamins and minerals.
It has been said blood tests are used to test for disease and urine tests predict possible future disease.
Testing blood can provide more information than urine testing
Blood tests are commonly used to assess cardiovascular health, thyroid and other hormones along with diabetes testing.
Stool testing is usually requested if a parasite or bacterial infection is suspected.
And how do you know to suspect a parasite or bacterial infection?
Most commonly you’ve tried dietary and lifestyle changes with little or no relief.
You continue to have symptoms of gas and bloating, GERD and still don’t feel right.
It’s best to have two stool tests to test for all parasites and bacterial infections.
At the time of writing, there isn’t a single stool test to cover all your bases.
You read correctly – a single stool test is good, two are better.
When choosing stool tests, it’s recommended you work with a practitioner and ensure your choices cover the most testing points.
Whether you choose urine testing, blood testing or a combination of both, they both provide valuable information about your body and overall health.