Disclaimer: I’m about to talk about poop and how it relates to your health. If you don’t like to talk about poop read no further and have a spectacular day. The information in this post is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes. This information is not intended to be patient education and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.
In my quest to heal my digestive health I had a comprehensive stool analysis done in March of 2016 to find out if my poop is healthy. With the excitement of the move from Toronto to Ottawa I received an action plan from my Naturopath in Toronto but was absolutely horrible at compliance so I’m starting from scratch this month after meeting with a Functional Medicine Practitioner here in Ottawa.
The test found 2 different things that have been causing problems with my digestion.
- Microscopic Yeast
- Imbalanced & Dysbiotic Flora that includes Alpha Hemolytic strep, Citrobacter Amalonaticus, Gamma hemolytic strep and Staphylococcus Aureus
The lab also tests for what natural & conventional treatments would work best to kill off the yeast and bad bacteria. From a natural standpoint, Grapefruit Seed Extract was tested to work the best. After discussing the action plan with my new Naturopath, Dr. Carrie Drzyzga, I’ll be taking the Grapefruit Seed Extract 3 times daily. 1 capsule = 250mg.
I’m going to stop all probiotic supplementation at the moment while I kill off the yeast & bad bacteria overgrowth. After one month we’ll re-test my stool to see where my body is at before putting together an action plan for re-populating the good bacteria in my gut by ensuring the yeast & bad flora have actually been killed off before supplementing with specific strains of probiotic.
Here’s to a healthy gut and healthy poop in the future on my continued quest for better digestive health.