At CQ Nutrition, we conduct IBS & Hydrogen Breath Testing. This test is useful for people who may have a sugar intolerance.
What does the test measure?
- This simple test is a diagnostic tool, used to look at small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and carbohydrate malabsorption.
- For instance, the test may detect lactose malabsorption, which is a common sugar found in milk and dairy products. Lactose is typically broken down by an enzyme called lactase, in the small intestine. However, people who are unable to breakdown lactose are missing this essential enzyme. This results in lactose moving to the large intestine, breaking down into bacteria and producing a by-product of hydrogen.
- The most common sugar intolerances include lactose, fructose and sorbitol.
What information does this test provide?
By knowing this information, we can assist you in eliminating specific carbohydrates from your diet. This is likely to reduce IBS symptoms, like cramping, bloating, nausea, constipation and diarrhoea.
What does the test involve?
- A baseline breath sample is taken by blowing gently into a bag.
- A solution containing different types of sugars is consumed.
- Every 15-20 minutes, you will breathe into a bag while the body digests the solution. The test generally lasts between two-three hours.
How do I book a test?
There are specific guidelines you must follow before taking a hydrogen breath test. It is essential to see a dietitian before taking the test to explain the steps involved in preparation.