The Gut Fermentation Profile is useful where an overgrowth of either bacteria or yeast in the bowel is suspected.
The commonest symptoms of having an overgrowth of either bacteria or yeast in the bowel are wind, gas and bloating.
The Gut Fermentation Profile measures the amount of simple and complex alcohols along with some short chain fatty acids in the plasma.
Taking a dose of glucose before the test allows Fermentation in the upper gut to be assessed too. Yeast cells in the gut ferment glucose to alcohol, which then passes into the blood stream.
In a healthy gut there should be low levels of the various alcohols and results above the normal range indicate an imbalance of gut flora such as bacterial or yeast overgrowth.