We Took A Stool Test: A Dietitian Explains Our Results

We Took A Stool Test: A Dietitian Explains Our Results

November 9, 2019 0 By William Morgan


Poo has a lot to say.
I think it does.
It has a lot to say.
We’re going to find out what it’s actually
saying!
Hi, my name is Vanessa.
I’m the director of sales at HUM Nutrition.
My name is Sarah.
I’m the director of education and also a dietitian.
Today, I’m asking Sarah something I’ve been
curious about for a very long time:
why I should get my stool tested.
So Sarah, why should I get my poo examined?
I love to test everybody’s poop that I meet.
I don’t do it personally but I have a really
great testing kit.
It helps show what’s going
on in the body.
We can look at inflammation, malabsorption, parasites, infection…
all of these things are so crucial to
your health.
So while it may sound kind of disgusting to
get your poop tested, it gives so much insight
into your health overall.
There’s a couple pieces to this lovely kit.
First order of business, you are going to
put your sample
into this lovely little french fry box.
It comes with a glove, actually two gloves.
So you don’t have to touch anything.
What you need to do is take samples of your
specimen and put them in these tubes.
You bring it up with the liquid to this line
and then you put the cap back on and shake it.
You do that for these three.
Then there’s this final one.
You put a sampling of a larger amount of your
stool in here.
You put it all in the box and then you send
it off to the lab.
The lab will process all of this and then
they’ll send me a report and then we’ll go
through your report.
Then we’ll see what your poop has to say about
you!
It’s been two weeks and we finally got the
results back from Vanessa’s stool study.
I have them right here.
Before we get into that I want to see how
was the process of collecting your specimen
and sending it in the mail.
How did that go?
It wasn’t as gross as I thought it was going
to be.
Mainly because it’s your own poo.
The weirdest part was it riding in my front
seat in the FedEx bag.
And then handing it to the guy at Kinko’s.
At least he didn’t really know specifically
what was in it.
I printed this up today from that same FedEx
and it says “STOOL PROFILE” so they do know!
I really like the overall snapshot.
The first page is a summary.
Infection, nothing.
Everything is clear there.
There’s no inflammation, which is huge.
No insufficiency.
But then we get to this imbalance category
and there’s a little bit flagging that’s off.
So let’s keep investigating.
Second page, everything in your digestion
absorption.
Digestive enzymes, pancreatic elastase – that’s
all great.
Thanks to Flatter Me!
Then we come down to the microbiome.
It’s finding that you don’t have a lot of
diversity.
There’s a low amount of different kinds of
strains of bacteria.
And then your short chain fatty acids are
low.
One way to increase that is to eat more fiber.
Our next page is a complete overview of the
different types of strains of bacteria that
are in Vanessa’s gut.
And there is some weird bacteria that’s culturing
out.
We have a lot here that are flagging on the
higher end.
You can see here.
Oh, those ones.
They’re all really high.
Oh, I’m in the red zone!
In the red, which isn’t necessarily bad but
again when you take everything into consideration
this kind of paints a different picture.
Then we come to this next page and this is
really showing the bacterial culture.
There’s a couple here that are culturing out
into a concerning area.
Concerning?
There’s a couple different strains here that
might be pathogenic.
There’s also a little bit of yeast.
Our diets are so full of sugar that it just
feeds this yeast.
I see this imbalance all the time.
The reason why we did this test is to try
and understand what’s going on with Vanessa’s
disgestion.
There’s a lot of bloat and…
You can say it.
Bloat, discomfort and gas!
Now that we can see that there’s all this
weird bacteria in her gut, that could really
be the missing link that we were looking for.
Is my diet changing?
I would say stay away from things that can
be bloating.
Dairy is often something that causes an issue
so I’d stay off that.
Looking at your fiber intake coming from vegetables
but making sure they’re cooked.
Alcohol, sugar, decreasing that.
And just trying to eat as clean as possible.
Who, besides myself, should get this test
and why?
People that are suffering from digestive issues
that they just can’t seem to figure out.
If you’ve modified your diet, if you’ve changed
your lifestyle and you’re still not seeing
movement or change in your discomfort – then
looking deeply at what’s going on and examining
your poo is a really good place to start.
Your poo doesn’t lie.
Poo don’t lie.
Poo don’t lie.
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