Several tests can reveal digestive tract infections. Infections impair the ability to absorb nutrients resulting in a deficiency of nutrients. Fatigue, thyroid problems, and skin disorders are also caused by infections.
Autoimmunity diseases patients have an imbalance between good and bad bacteria. The good bacteria such as Lactobacillus and Bifidus are outnumbered by dangerous bacteria such as Proteus and E. Coli. These harmful bacteria are opportunistic in that they will only attack when the conditions are favorable. The favorable conditions, in this case, is low quantities of good bacteria. When these bad bacteria attack they cause among other things intestinal permeability, which is one of the conditions that must be present before the immune system launches an autoimmune attack.
The GI Effects Profile measures the microbial flora thus determining the balance between good and bad bacteria. The test is not exactly conventional, and most medical insurance policies will not cover it. Also, not all doctors order the test, most of those who do are functional medical practitioners.
A doctor can test the existence of bacterium such as H. Pylori through a standard lab test, but these test often miss it. Stool-based tests such as the BioHealth 401H test are more accurate in uncovering the existence of H. Pylori.
The treatment interventions for infections nowadays has shifted to natural and herbal remedies. Infections in the gut require strong antibiotics such as doxycycline. But this antibiotic will sweep good bacteria. The following are natural remedies to treat gut infections:
- Fermented foods
- Coenzyme Q10
- Oregano Oil
- Extra-virgin coconut oil
- Baking soda
- Taking whole cloves of garlic
- Mastic gum
- Aloe Vera smoothie or juice
- Licorice (Glycyrrhizin)
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Tea tree oil
- Cranberry juice
The thing with natural remedies is that they treat gradually and will not achieve fast results. So they are convenient in treating mild to moderate infections. Severe gut infections require strong antibiotics.