How to find out your constipation root causes

Have you gone to your gastroenterologist with complaints of constipation and discomfort?

What testing or remedies have they offered you?

In order to get to the root cause of you constipation issues, Your healthcare provider should consider the following tests:


Stool testing provides data on inflammation and how well you digest and absorb the food you eat. Additionally, the profiles provide a detailed picture regarding the balance of yeast, parasites, and healthy and unhealthy bacteria that live in our large intestine. This bacterial population is called the microbiome. Many patients do not realize that in addition to gastrointestinal complaints, systemic diseases can be linked to the GI tract. Improving the health of your gut may improve your overall health. This is an at home test that may be partially covered by insurance.


Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) is a condition that results in excessive bloating and gas, especially after meals, as well as other IBS symptoms. Genova’s non-invasive SIBO breath test can detect the gases that are produced by the bacteria. Treatment often involves eliminating the overgrowth with antibiotics, herbal supplements, and/or a specialized diet. Genova offers a 2 or 3-hour SIBO assessment. The 3-hour SIBO profile provides insight into gas levels over a longer period of time, and is recommended for patients with slower gastrointestinal transit or constipation.


Identification of food sensitivities may uncover issues causing inflammation and constipation. Dry blood spot testing is available many states or Food allergy / sensitivity testing can be ordered by your provider. If you’d like to know more read the article, What’s Really Making You Sick.


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