Bowel tests


With a good successful colon therapy, you will regain your clarity and fatigue will disappear. This is precisely what Complimed specializes in and can help you resolve conditions related to intestinal problems.

Bowel tests :

  • basic intestinal flora research:/bacteriological/ mycological/digestion calprotectin/M2-PK/acidity/SigA/yeasts-fungi/ digestion
  • fungi/yeast culture with digestion and pH determination
  • parasite determination
  • secretory IgA (sIgA)
  • inflammatory marker Calprorectin
  • M2PK ( tumor marker)
  • beta defensin
  • helicobacter pylori
  • histamine determination

New is a genetic molecular study which examines the entire microbiome even more comprehensively.

It depends on your symptoms which examination is most appropriate, so there is no point in asking me about the cost in advance. You are then asking me the same thing as what does a car cost…. So I like to discuss your symptoms first in the intake consultation and then I will advise you which test is appropriate. Overall, these types of tests are between 120 and 300 euros.


How long will it take for my bowels to return to normal?
How long that lasts is a tricky question; some people have had bad bowels all their lives, and you won’t be surprised if that doesn’t get over in a few weeks. Count at least 1/2 year, but sometimes 2 years of counseling is no exception. Of course, you do not have to be treated intensively all the time but can go a long way with a few treatments!

Improve nutrition eliminate intolerances

The best results are achieved by people who improve their diet. First, by leaving out what you are intolerant of. We often do this by employing the imupro test.

With the imupro rash, you can avoid food for a while after which your immune system forgets to respond, so to speak. After a certain period of time that depends on how well your immune system responds to the food in question, you can then gently reintroduce that food. Provided you don’t do it too often, because the sensitivity never goes away completely.

A dysregulated gut can cause a variety of symptoms. These include fatigue, headaches, skin reactions, nausea, abdominal pain, memory problems, psychological complaints, pain in joints and muscles and hormonal complaints.

At complimed, we see a wide variety of bowel problems. The way to find out what is going on is a targeted intestinal flora test (this is actually 30 or more tests) from stool samples.

Most patients have already visited several doctors and therapists and dieticians. Many take medications such as anti-inflammatories or the familiar pouches from the doctor. Or they use antacids for reflux symptoms. Others have been told to just live with it. One such killer is “spastic colon. This picture always has a cause and usually stems from an intolerance to certain foods. The imupro test will give you clarity as to which one it is.

Also, many of my patients have parasites. A targeted parasite examination will tell you this. A hallmark of parasites is weight loss and mushy stools.

Fungi can occur when the immune system and gut integrity is weakened. Candida is regularly dismissed as nonsense but I get plenty of patients who improve tremendously when they get rid of fungi. Regular medication unfortunately often produces a fairly resistant candida indicating that killing it off alone is not the way to go.

70% of our immune system is determined by our gut system. Due to food intolerance and excessive use of antibiotics (which kills the good bacteria in our intestines), we are increasingly at risk of increased pathogens and persistent yeast infections.

Gastrointestinal disorders occur in 1 in 5 Dutch people. Instead of learning to live with it, which you may have heard from your doctor, the key is to recognize and combat the underlying cause.

You need motivation and perseverance to achieve successful colon therapy. It must be very precisely adapted to the individual and can be totally different for each patient. Tailoring therapy requires commitment and attention. It also costs time and money. Without testing and supplements, it won’t work. Nutrition is the bases but not the whole picture. Getting the flora right often has to come about through a variety of means such as pre and probiotics and amino acids, minerals and fatty acids. This does not happen all at once but in several steps. Often first clearing ( detox and drainage) kills off pathogens if needed, and rebuilds with building materials and good bacteria.

Successful intestinal therapy stands with proper testing. These are usually employed and advised at intake. Consider a basic gut flora examination, a food intolerance test and a hormone test. It often involves specialized tests to rule out malignancies ( cancer/polypes) or inflammation ( calprotectin), a leaky gut test ( Leaky gut) a histamine test if needed and a few more not to mention.

Nutritional advice follows in the second consultation such as low-carb, dairy-free, eliminate gluten, eat low-histamine, all adapted to what’s wrong. Nutritional supplements help with this to recover again.

In the consultations thereafter, you will follow a colon cleanse. Depending on severity, you can expect a minimum of 4 consultations and a maximum of 6-8. After the second the consultation, you already know a lot and can do well on your own with some more guidance.

Every consultation is well prepared by me; I read up on the issues ( you will be sent a questionnaire prior to the first consultation. Please bring any tests and results you have already done. Then follows the consultation with me and then I work out the consultation for you with the necessary advice regarding the use of proper nutrition and supplementation.

Did you know:

  • Our health is determined primarily from our gut?
  • That we have about 2 kilograms of gut bacteria?
  • That neurotransmitters are mostly made in our gut?

An intestinal flora check includes looking at how digestion is going, what is the quality and quantity of your intestinal bacteria, whether you have fungi and or parasites and possibly whether there are any unwanted processes going on.

Health hinges on good gut function! 70% of our immune system is determined by our gut function and associated flora. Due to food intolerance and excessive use of antibiotics that kill the good bacteria in our intestines, we are increasingly at risk of an increase in pathogens and persistent yeast infections.

One of Complimed’s specialties is SIBO which stands for an overgrowth of gas-producing bacteria in the small intestine; Do you know a person who doesn’t occasionally cry out how bloated they feel? It felt as if someone could stick a pin in your belly like that and all the air would drain out, to great relief our bellies would become as tight again as when we were twenty. We call this picture SIBO ( small intestinal bowel overgroth ) and it can have many causes. Bloating and gas are related to poor digestion and often reduced bowel movement. Therefore, keep gut flora healthy. At Sibo, we test which bacteria are causing the symptoms so they can also be addressed. Complimed has specialized far and wide in these types of rather complex complaints and where previous therapy often fails.

Intolerant of food

Many people are allergic or intolerant to something; gluten, soy, grains, eggs, dairy …, by knowing what you can’t tolerate, which is simple to test with the imupro test, you can avoid things that trigger the problems. An appropriate diet and the right supplements ensure a properly functioning gut and an immune system that functions optimally.

Avoid antibiotics

One of the things that always annoys me greatly is that people take antibiotics like candy. They go to the doctor for a cold and are not satisfied until they are given a “cure. The family doctor should also take a more critical approach to this because the use of Antibiotics, in addition to counteracting harmful bacteria, immediately affects the good flora of your gut.Many conditions and infections go away on their own, or can be overcome with natural antibiotics. When really needed, antibiotics are of course a wonderful invention that can be life-saving.

Balance your hormones

In your younger years, bloating was at most when you had a heavy meal and it was usually over after an hour. When you are young, your hormones are much more balanced than during menopause, and as far as I am concerned, a good indication that there is a definite link between bloating and hormonal imbalance.

Eat quality food

Fiber keeps your intestines healthy and prevents constipation and bloating. Flaxseed is somewhat better tolerated than whole grain products in very sensitive intestines. Flaxseeds with moisture can even positively affect diabetes and heart disease, they also affect cholesterol and tri-glyceride levels in the blood.

For bloating:

  • Reduce carbohydrate consumption, or take low-GI carbohydrates, or try not eating flour products for a week. You may be hypersensitive to gluten. Eating gluten-free used to be a horror, but these days gluten-free products are available everywhere
  • Try not to eat anything three hours before you go to sleep
  • Do not consume alcohol
  • Avoid using antacids. The irony is that many people take antacids precisely because they believe that indigestion and heartburn come from too much stomach acid. However, the opposite is true: too little stomach acid can lead to poor digestion of food. Undigested food causes reflux of stomach acid to the esophagus, causing gas and bloating. With age, we actually lose the good effect of high stomach acidity for optimal digestion and killing harmful bacteria such as Helicobacter pylori. This bacteria is often the culprit for acid reflux. Mastic gum can be a good remedy instead of regular medications such as antacids.
  • Insufficient digestion can lead to leaky gut syndrome (leaky gut) and deficiencies of vitamin B12, for example, resulting in chronic anemia and dementia. Long use of antacids can also cause fatigue and appetite loss. It seems confusing precisely to want a high stomach acid level and a neutral pH in the rest of the body.
  • People who start eating fewer carbs and more protein often notice a sharp reduction in stomach inflammation, heartburn and indigestion. Proteins seem to strengthen the protective layer in the stomach.
  • Deficiency among others of vit C or lack of antioxidants can promote growth of Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium that causes the occurrence of peptic ulcers.
  • If necessary, have a test done to make sure there is no fungal infection in the stomach.
  • it is wise to consult an orthomolecular physician

What is a leaky gut (Leaky gut?).

The diagnosis of “leaky gut” can be made with a test involving zonulin/histamine and calprotectin. The diagnosis occurs within both mainstream and complementary medicine. Both mean something different by that.

A natural dietitian or orthomolecular medicine practitioner understands a leaky gut to mean a gut that leaks to the blood. While regular doctors mean that the intestinal cells, for example proteins or lymph fluid, are leaking in the wrong direction, namely into the lumen (intestinal cavity). As a result, more protein disappears through the stool and deficiencies in blood proteins can occur.

How about now?

The intestine is made up of intestinal cells. every cell has pores, allowing the necessary nutrients from the food to be absorbed into the blood. All intestinal cells are stuck together with a kind of glue, known in technical terms as “tight junctions. Improper dietary habits, unnatural foods and an imbalance in the intestinal flora cause microscopic damage in those tight junctions and it is called “leaky gut.

Through those holes, all kinds of unwanted food components can leak toward the blood. As a result, the defense mechanism comes into action. This can lead to migraines, rheumatic joint pain, fibromyalgia, eczema, digestive problems, depression and the like.

A leaky gut refers to an undesirable situation in the intestines in which the absorption and transport of food and nutrients is impaired. An important role in leaky gut syndrome have the “villi. These are a type of cilia on the surface of the small intestinal wall (mucosa). Due to the structure of the villi, the surface area of the intestine is greatly increased and thus the absorption capacity.

Functions of the villi

  • The absorption of nutrition into the blood stream
  • Increasing the surface area of the small intestine for food absorption
  • Villi release enzymes to digest food before it can be absorbed into the bloodstream
  • Villi absorb the processed food and transport it into the blood stream to be delivered further into the body
  • Villi hold back bacteria, parasites and toxins

The villi can be damaged without you noticing due to inflammation, infection or toxins. As a result, nutrient transport and enzyme release function do not go well. e Thus, among other things, “leaky gut syndrome” can occur.

How leaky gut syndrome occurs

There are several reasons for the development of leaky gut syndrome including:

Food allergy

A food allergy can cause reaction in the intestinal tissue leading to increased permeability (permeability). A leaky gut then allows the passage of abnormally large molecules. These are seen by the immune system as hostile (antigen) so it attacks them. This in turn stimulates the immune system to form more antibody complexes leading to deterioration of intestinal tissue, leaky gut will worsen and will cause more allergic reactions. If this process is not stopped, the functions of liver, immune system and intestines can deteriorate.
In particular, there has been an increase in gluten intolerance and sensitivity and the gluten-related autoimmune disease Celiac disease.


Help what should I eat?

Nutrition, in particular, must suit your digestion. Many patients who come to me have a digestive weakness

What are the typical symptoms when your digestive energy is out of balance/decreased:

  • Difficulty with certain foods or reduced appetite
  • Craving for sugary foods (bread, rice, pasta, chocolate)
  • Bloating
  • Mash-like stools,
  • Deficiencies in vitamins minerals or amino acids ( B12 deficiency or iron deficiency)
  • Undigested food in stool
  • Fatigue worse at the end of the (mid)day and after exertion;
  • Gum or tongue problems
  • Sore or bleeding gums;
  • Connective tissue weakness such as: bruising, blood dots on the skin,
  • weak ligaments and joints
  • Less powerful muscles

To find out which diet suits you, you can take this test:

Bacterial imbalance
When a healthy gut flora has become unbalanced due to an excess of Candida albicans, yeasts or parasites, we speak of a bacterial imbalance. This dysbiosis can lead to leaky gut syndrome.

The immune responses (antibody response) in the intestinal wall that are normally intended as protection can also actually create inflammation, making the leaky gut worse.

Malabsorption nutrients
When the intestines are deprived of nutrients due to any cause, hyperpermeability can occur within a few days.

Genetic determination
There appear to be genetic patterns of hyperpermeability. For example, we see that people with Crohn’s disease often already have increased intestinal permeability. However, family members of these patients also often have increased intestinal permeability, even though they themselves do not have Crohn’s disease.

Chronic stress
Chronic stress reduces the ability of the immune system to respond appropriately and, in particular, counteracts the healing process in the intestines. Intestinal flora is also negatively affected by stress.

In particular, antibiotics, pharmaceutical hormones (the pill, prednisone and the like) and N.S.A.I.D.’s (painkillers) can negatively affect the intestines.

  • Impaired enzyme systems e.g. due to lack of the DPP lV enzyme
  • Heavy metals and load from color and flavorings
  • Excessive alcohol consumption, environmental factors and poor diet.

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