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 suffer from this incompatibility. A gluten intolerance can occur at any age and even develop into a chronic illness.
In the case of 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, leading to deficiency symptoms. The minerals calcium and iron are particularly difficult to absorb in those who are affected. This incompatibility is expressed through digestive problems, a bulging stomach, and deficiencies in vital substances. Symptoms that are not usually associated with a gluten intolerance can also occur, including fatigue, back pain, and growth problems in children. A gluten intolerance can also cause psychological changes, such as depression, and even provoke ADHS. The possible causes for gluten intolerance are infections and inheritance.
If the body recognises certain substances as “opponents”, it begins to build antibodies in order to fight them off. In the case of a gluten intolerance, specific antibodies are created that can be identified using a stool test, whereas no signs of irregularity concerning antibodies can be seen in people without a gluten intolerance.
Verisana determines whether the antibody (anti-gliadin IgA) and the secretory IgA are within the 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 a 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.