Germs overgrowth in child’s digestive system

Fevers, Stomach Aches, Infections and Missing Schools are not always a result of poor climate, seasonal flu or viral infections. There could be a far deeper reason behind.

You may be aware of the Good Bacteria and Bad Bacteria in the human body. While the good bacteria helps absorb the nutrients in food and live better; the bad bacteria works against the body by the way of not allowing the body to absorb the nutrients in the food.

You may have heard of worms which grown in child’s stomach. Similarly, there are harmful microorganisms which do grow in the child’s gut (the digestive system). The only difference is that the later is extremely harmful.


Child’s digestive system has over 1 trillion bacteria. This includes both Good Bacteria and Bad Bacteria

Cause
Playing in mud, dirty floor
Infections during frequent visit to clinics / hospitals
Frequent Antibiotics intake, medications
High sugar/carbohydrate intake
Toxins from the environment
Effect
Low Immunity, Frequent Cold and Cough
Frequent rashes
Upset Stomach, Tummy Aches
Frequent loose stools or diarrhea
Undigestion, Constipation/infrequent stooling
White coating on the tongue
Slowing mental ability, Learning Problems

"Frequent illness, low immunity, learning difficulties - are all general symptoms. The only way you can know whether the root cause is germs overgrowth in your child’s digestive system is through the Gut Bacteria Test."

  • A comprehensive test of child’s gut health. Analyzes bacterial overgrowth throughout the digestive system

  • A simple, do-it-yourself test. Based on the ‘ease to collect’ urine sample of the child.

  • Based on the results, your family doctor / pediatrician can take more pointed approach to treatment and prevention

What to Expect from the Gut Bacteria Test

The Gut Health Test kit contains urine sample collection filter papers. Once collected, simply post your sample in the pre-addressed envelope provided for expert analysis at the PreventiNe Laboratory.

After testing is completed, your child’s results will be posted to you. It's a comprehensive report, but simplified enough to be understood by you.

You also have an option to discuss the findings with one of Nutritional Therapists in our network.


Please note

The Gut Health Test is super-specialized to test the microbial growth in your child’s digestive system. It does not check for any specic allergies or infections. The test results if found positive, will have to be brought to your family doctor who may there after guide you with the course of treatment.


What is The Gut ?

The Gut, also known as the Ggastrointestinal tract, or GI tract, is an organ system responsible for consuming and digesting food, absorbing nutrients, and expelling waste on the body. The Gut needs to be maintained free of harmful bacteria or else the intestines will become a source of bacterial exotoxins and other noxious molecules that may enter our blood stream in the amount of billions of molecules per day.

It is vital the digestive be maintained without any “leaks” in the intestinal walls that would allow bacteria and other pollutants to enter the blood stream. These holes are caused by microorganisms - fungus, parasites and harmful bacteria.

What is Gut Flora ?

Gut flora is the microbe population living in our digestive system. It contains trillions of microorganisms, including at least 1000 different species of known bacteria with more than 3 million genes. It consists of the good bacteria as well as the bad bacteria.

The development of gut microbiota starts right at the time of birth. The newborn's digestive tract is quickly occupied by microorganisms from the time it is out of the mother's womb.

What is the funcon of Gut Bacteria ?

The gut is home to Good Bacteria as well as the Bad Bacteria. The funcons of the Good Bacteria are as under:

  • It helps the body to digest foods and specially the “nutrients” in the food.
  • A healthy and balanced gut microbiota is key to ensuring proper digestive functioning.
  • It helps with the production of certain vitamins.
  • It plays an important role in the immune system.
  • Maintains a balanced neurological development.
  • What happens when the Germs or Bad Bacteria increase in Gut ?

    Bad bacteria / Germs overgrowth in the gut manifests in poor quality of life. The symptoms are overlapping with several illnesses and can be idenfied with one or several of following:

    • Abdominal pain, Bloating, Diarrhea
    • Constipation
    • Food intolerances such as gluten, casein, lactose, fructose and more
    • Chronic illnesses such as fibromyalgia, chronic fague syndrome, neuromuscular disorders and autoimmune diseases.
    • Vitamins and minerals deficiency
    • Compromised immune system, leading to frequent illness, infections and cough/cold
    • Fat malabsorption

    Why take the Gut Bacteria Test ?

    Gastrointesnal function is crical for good health. The digestive tract contains significant amounts of bacteria which, when imbalanced, lead to wide variety of common illnesses including, but not limited to:

    • Low immunity, leading to frequent cold, cough and fevers
    • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Digestion Problems
    • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
    • Autoimmune Disorders
    • Malnutrition
    • Learning disabilies
    • Hampered cognitive development and physical growth
    • Mood disorders
    The Gut Bacteria Test revels whether the root cause of such common condions is an overgrowth of germs in the gut / digestive tract. If so, the doctor can prescribe a treatment plan leading to restored balance of the gut flora thereby improving the health.

    What will the test report consist of ?

    The test studies a combinaon of about 60 biomarkers which are indicative of the bacterial overgrowth in the gut. The report shall highlight any abnormalies found in the value of these markers and also suggest the root cause behind. There shall be associated suggesons towards managing the condions.

    What is to be done after the Gut Bacteria Test ?

    If the report is “Negative”, you may relax at least from the angle that it's not the germs in the digestive tract which are consuming the nutrients instead of the body. And in case the report is “Positive” for any abnormal growth of bad bacteria, you may quickly route a treatment through your family doctor in order to restore the health by reducing the bad bacteria content of the body.

    What is the sample requirement?

    First Morning urine sample absorbed on special filter papers provided in the Gut Bacteria Test kit.

    Can I take the test at home? Is the report simple to understand ?

    It is very easy to collect the urine sample in the filter papers. It is non-invasive and does not need any technical hand in between. You may collect the sample in the comfort of your home and send to the laboratory for examinaon.

    The GBT (Gut Bacteria Test) is comprehensive, yet simple to understand. In addion to technical findings, there is an explanation in simple words which can be understood by parents.

    What if the test reveals abnormal results?

    You need not panic in case the test reveals abnormal values of the markers. They are all manageable by simple treatments, supplements and life alteration. You family doctor can guide you through the treatment. In case you need any further advise, you may book a call with one of our experts by dropping in an email.

    Is there any advise available from the experts at the laboratory ?

    Yes, the experts at laboratory shall be happy to answer all your queries towards understanding the report or guiding you about the further course of treatment. You can book a call with the expert by dropping in a mail to us quoting your details.

    Is there any age restricon for the Gut Bacteria Test?

    There is no age restricon for the test. However, given the careless lifestyle of children, the chances of bacterial overgrowth is high, thereby affecting their health and growth potenal. It is therefore advisable to get the test done early in childhood.

    Publications

    Thousands of studies world wide have established the role of gut flora in day to day life. Germs overgrowth in the gut has far reaching health effects. A few research papers highlighting the same are:

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1500832/pdf/7400731.pdf
    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-gut-bacteria-help-make-us-fat-and-thin/
    http://www.selfcarejournal.com/view.article.php?id=10088
    http://www.jaypeejournals.com/eJournals/ShowText.aspx?ID=6531&Type=FREE&TYP=TOP& IN=_eJournals/images/JPLOGO.gif&IID=493&isPDF=YES
    http://medind.nic.in/jac/t05/i1/jact05i1p67.pdf
    http://nutritionreviews.oxfordjournals.org/content/nutritionreviews/70/suppl_1/S45.full.pdf
    http://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/2011/981214/
    http://www.gastroenterologyandhepatology.net/files/2013/10/gh0913_quigley1.pdf
    http://www.nejm.org/doi/pdf/10.1056/NEJMbkrev38188
    http://www.synexagroup.com/diagnoscs/pdf_files/arcles/alteraons%20in%20intesnal%2 0microbial%20flora%20and%20human%20disease.pdf
    http://www.reactgroup.org/uploads/resources/The%20human%20microbiome:%20at%20the %20interface%20of%20health%20and%20disease.en.400.pdf
    http://ajcn.nutrion.org/content/73/6/1142S.full.pdf+html
    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1046/j.1365-2036.2002.01310.x/pdf
    http://www.horizonpress.com/backlist/ciim/v/v6/01.pdf
    http://www.nature.com/ajgsup/journal/v1/n1/pdf/ajgsup20121a.pdf
    http://jmm.sgmjournals.org/content/54/10/987.long
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arcles/PMC3564498/pdf/nihms434923.pdf
    http://www.nature.com/ajgsup/journal/v1/n1/pdf/ajgsup20124a.pdf
    http://www.formatex.org/microbio/pdf/pages705-718.pdf
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arcles/PMC3495792/pdf/gmic-3-544.pdf

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