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Probiotics for more than Immunity, Invite Health Podcast, Episode 608

Probiotics for more than Immunity, Invite Health Podcast, Episode 608

Subscribe Today! Please see below for a complete transcript of this episode.  PROBIOTICS FOR MORE THAN IMMUNITY, INVITEⓇ HEALTH PODCAST, EPISODE 608 Hosted by Amanda Williams, MD, MPH *Intro Music* InViteⓇ Health Podcast Intro: [00:00:04] Welcome to the InViteⓇ Health Podcast, where our degreed health 

Choline, the brain boosting nutrient most of lack, Part 2: The Liver. Invite Health Podcast, Episode 600

Choline, the brain boosting nutrient most of lack, Part 2: The Liver. Invite Health Podcast, Episode 600

Subscribe Today!   Please see below for a complete transcript of this episode. CHOLINE, THE BRAIN BOOSTING NUTRIENT,90% OF US LACK-Part 2, INVITEⓇ HEALTH PODCAST, EPISODE 600 Hosted by Jerry Hickey, Ph. InViteⓇ Health Podcast Intro: [00:00:04] Welcome to the InVite Health podcast, where our 

Digestive Health, Part 3 On Blood Tests

Digestive Health, Part 3 On Blood Tests

Written by Dr. Claire Arcidiacono, ND

For further questions or concerns email me at carcidiacono@invitehealth.com†

Digestive Health affects practically everyone who eats and goes to the bathroom. Everyone knows about colonoscopies for digestive health. If you watch television you probably know about the new at home test! But there’s so much more to be done when it comes to testing the digestive tract. The test s are broken down into the following categories: blood tests, breath tests, stool tests and “structural” exams. There are so many different tests for digestive health, I will cover the most commonly run blood tests for digestive health as well as the most commonly done breath tests. †


Blood  Tests Done For Digestive System

Liver function tests which can be done to make sure the liver is healthy. There are some tests that can help to check for gallbladder health as well as liver health. Liver tests include Serum Alkaline Phosphatase Test, Alanine Transaminase (ALT) Test, Aspartate Transaminase (AST) Test, Serum Albumin Test and INR. For both the gallbladder and liver, the Serum Bilirubin Test and Gamma-Glutamyl Transferase (GGT) can be done. † (1)

Celiac disease can be done by testing for gluten antibodies. The thing to note is if you haven’t eaten gluten in a long time, this test can give a false negative. The body will stop making antibodies to process gluten if none has been present for a long period of time. †

Helicobacter Pylori can also be found by testing for the presence of antibodies. There is also a breath test for this!

Food allergies can be determined via IgE antibodies. This is slightly different from food sensitivities, which can be found via IgG antibodies. General food allergies tend to be more severe in reactions than food sensitivities. † (2)

Lactose Tolerance Test is a blood test that looks for the digestive breakdown products of lactose in the blood. The breath test is the preferred method to determine lactose intolerance. †(3)

Anti-Saccharomyces Cerevisiae antibodies can indicate Crohn’s disease, since they’re often seen. †

Other routine blood work that can be helpful include testing for Anemia as well as testing the white blood cells. †(4)

C- reactive protein can be helpful as a maker for inflammation in the digestive system. †(5)


Breath tests are very interesting; done by measuring gases in the breath. The hydrogen breath test measures hydrogen levels produced after consuming a particular sugar. You go and give a baseline breath and then you consume a sugar – usually lactose, fructose, sucrose, sorbitol, glucose or lactulose. The type of sugar used changes depending on what is being tested. After a certain period of time, you will give several breath samples to measure the hydrogen produced. If the hydrogen is high, it means you aren’t digesting that particular sugar well. Lactose, fructose, and sorbitol all test for an intolerance. While a breath test is the best way to rule out lactose intolerance, a blood test is still an option. Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) is tested using glucose as the sugar. Additionally, hydrogen breath tests can be done to determine if rapid transit time is occurring. This is where the food goes through the GI tract faster than normal. †

The H pylori Test checks for carbon dioxide to determine the presence of H pylori, a bacteria commonly associated with acid reflux. Blood tests for H pylori antibodies can be done; however, they are not as accurate as the breath test since it can’t differentiate between current and past infections. During this test, rather than consume sugar, you normally consume a solution made up of carbon molecules. In summary, breath tests are done most often to help with determining lactose intolerance, certain sugar intolerance’s, SIBO, H pylori as well as rapid transit time. †(6)

Next week, we’ll be covering stool tests as well as physical exams like colonoscopies. †



A Day In The Life Of Detox – InVite Health Podcast Episode 546

A Day In The Life Of Detox – InVite Health Podcast Episode 546

Confused about how to do a day of detoxing. Follow along to listen to Allie’s tips on including supplements with detoxing.

B-Complex Explained – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 518

B-Complex Explained – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 518

There are 11 total B-vitamins that make up a B-complex formula. These vitamins are needed for your brain, metabolism, energy and more.

Hepatitis C: What You Can Do to Help Your Liver – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 390

Hepatitis C: What You Can Do to Help Your Liver – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 390

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Hepatitis C is a virus that attacks and damages your liver. Many people living with Hepatitis C infections experience no symptoms or very mild symptoms, but this changes when they develop serious liver damage. That’s why it’s called the “silent killer”. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 3,200,000 Americans are infected with chronic Hepatitis C. Up to 75% of these people do not know they are walking around with it. Because they’re not being diagnosed and the virus is not being discovered until there’s liver damage, it can become a very serious situation.† 


Living with chronic Hepatitis C

For reasons that are not known, less than half of people who get Hepatitis C are not able to clear it out of their systems. Without treatment in the first six months after infection, the virus can become chronic, lifelong, very hard to rid yourself of and quite dangerous. Most people who get infected will develop a long-term infection. Left untreated, chronic Hepatitis C can cause serious health problems, including liver disease, liver failure (cirrhosis), liver cancer and even death. Because of this, according to the CDC, all adults, pregnant women and people with risk factors for developing this issue should get tested for Hepatitis C.† 

Hepatitis C is usually spread when someone comes into contact with the blood or the fluids from an infected person. This can happen by sharing drug injection equipment, razors or glucose monitors with someone who is infected. About 6% of infants born to infected women develop Hepatitis C early on, but this can be treated. Healthcare workers are also at risk. It’s not very common, but if a healthcare worker jabs themselves with a needle, it can happen. If you have sex with someone who’s infected with Hepatitis C, it could also spread that way.†    


Many people with Hepatitis C don’t have a lot of symptoms. If the symptoms do occur, it would be something that would make it obvious that there’s an issue with the liver. This could include yellow eyes, yellow skin, dark urine or clay-colored poop. You can also have a lot of intestinal problems. You may not feel hungry. Fluid can build up in your abdomen. You can have stomach pain and you can throw up. You can also develop a fever, have joint pain and feel tired. If you have these symptoms, you need to contact your doctor right away before this becomes a chronic disease.†

How to support your liver health

What can you do to help with your liver? The mineral zinc can help. We know that the immune system needs zinc to create immune cells, but zinc also prevents the immune system from harming you. It helps protect organs and tissues throughout the body. It’s well-known that zinc levels drop dramatically after you fight a virus. Studies have shown that when you have a Hepatitis C infection, zinc-related metallothioneins are needed to fight the virus and protect your organs.† 


Vitamin D is also needed. It’s needed for our immune system. Vitamin D is stored in the liver and activated in the kidneys. Vitamin D helps you to regulate your immune system to fight viruses better, but also to prevent the immune system from destroying you. Antioxidants do not work well if you lack Vitamin D because you become inflamed and the antioxidants are used up inappropriately.†     

In this episode, Jerry Hickey, Ph. explains the Hepatitis C virus. He describes how this chronic infection can impact the body and offers recommendations for nutrients that can help support liver health.†

Key Topics:

  • Details about Hepatitis C from the CDC
  • Common symptoms of this virus
  • What are metallothioneins? 

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