Intestinal function and diagnostics
The intestinal tract not only plays a central role in the absorption of nutrients and the elimination of waste products, but also performs two other essential tasks:
It contains our enteric nervous system (‘gut-brain axis’), comprising over 100 million nerve cells, and is involved in the production of neurotransmitter hormones (such as serotonin and dopamine) and can thus affect mood and skin tone (‘mirror of the soul’).
The intestines can be considered the root of our immune system as approx. 80% of all immune system cells are located there (Peyer’s plaques), or are ‘trained’ in the intestines for their tasks elsewhere in the organism.
Utilising detailed lab reports of blood and stool samples we are able to make a clear assessment of intestinal functionality. For example, in cases of intestinal malfunction (due to improper diet, stress or environmental factors), there is a risk of developing leaky gut syndrome. In this disease the macroscopic connections between individual cells of the intestinal mucosa become ever larger as a result of chronic inflammation.