|We all consume gluten on a daily basis, through our food. Most people don't have any problems with the processing of gluten, but there are people who are not able to do so. One in 1000 people suffers from this incompatibility. A gluten intolerance can occur at every age, and even develop into a chronic illness.
During a gluten intolerance the body reacts to gluten (“adhesive protein”), which is mostly found in cereals such as wheat, barley, rye and oats. The body can't break it down. As a result the small intestine is attacked, sometimes even leading to an infection. This means that vital nutrients such as vitamins, carbohydrates, minerals and fats can only be partially absorbed by the small intestine. Often, this can lead to deficiency symptoms. Especially the minerals calcium and iron are absorbed in small amounts by people who are affected. The incompatibility is expressed through digestive problems and bulging stomach as well as a deficiency of vital substances. Furthermore symptoms that are not usually connected with a gluten intolerance can occur, such as fatigue, back pain and growth problems regarding children. The gluten intolerance can also cause mental changes such as depression and even provoke ADHS. Possible cause for a gluten intolerance are infections and inheritance.
If the body recognises certain substances as “opponents”, it begins to build antibodies in order to fight the substances. Also in the case of a gluten intolerance, specific antibodies are created that can be identified using a stool test. On the other hand, people without a gluten intolerance show no sign of irregularities concerning the antibodies, they are within the reference range.
Verisana determines whether the antibody (anti-gliadin IgA) and the secretory IgA are within reference range by using a stool sample. The sample can be easily obtained by yourself at home.
In addition to the gluten intolerance test, Verisana also offers a more comprehensive stool analysis. With the comprehensive stool analysis your stool sample is examined to determine: 1.) candida and mould, as well as an examination of an mouth swab to determine candida, 2.) bacterial imbalance of the gut flora, 3.) pH-value of the stool, 4.) maldigestion (decomposition of solid foods), 5.) malabsorption (absorption capacity of the digested foods in the intestine), 6.) „Leaky gut“ (intestinal permeability), 7.) immune system of the intestines, 8.) Helicobacter pylori infestation.
Only a single stool sample is required for the determination of all these parameters. A free mouth swab for the determination of candida in the mouth is also included. Both can be easily collected by yourself, in the comfort of your own home.