Unfortunately, there are many reasons why someone’s microbiome can be disrupted and cause issues. Microbiome issues can be the result of stress, lack of sleep, food intolerances or allergies, medications, infection or chronic conditions. Oftentimes it can be a combination of causes that create the microbiome issue. Testing is the only way to find out what the root cause of a person’s microbiome issues are. Once you have taken a microbiome test it gives you a starting point as to what could be causing any symptoms you are experiencing.
There are specific gastrointestinal microbiome tests that test for: inflammation, microbial activity, diversity, metabolic fitness and gut lining health. Additionally you can test for mitochondrial and cellular health which would give you an idea of how your cells are carrying out basic cellular functions with aging and metabolism, cellular stress, cardiovascular and brain health. Lastly, testing energy levels and overall stress responses are good indicators for the impact stress has on your guy and how your body meets the demands you’re placing on your body. These tests can also indicate which stress triggers or resilience you have that may come from your lifestyle or toxins produced by your microbiome.