GastroLife is a clinic that specialises in Hydrogen & Methane and Helicobacter Pylori Breath Testing (also called Urea Breath Test). These tests are non-invasive and are carried out by a fully accredited Gastrointestinal Physiologist. We also perform Food Intolerance testing.
We provide testing for Lactose Intolerance, Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, Fructose-Sorbitol Intolerance, Fructose Malabsorption, Sorbitol Intolerance, Sucrose Malabsorption and the Helicobacter Pylori infection.
Helicobacter Pylori is a common infection that can cause inflammation of the stomach and is thought to be involved in the of development peptic ulcers. It is found in half of the world’s population.
A blood test can only detect antibodies to Helicobacter Pylori and therefore cannot distinguish between a previous infection and a current one as the antibodies can remain in your body for some time.
Lactose Malabsorption and Lactose Intolerance can be investigated with a Hydrogen & Methane Breath Test. Malabsorption of lactose occurs when there is an inability to fully digest the ‘milk sugar’.
Symptoms can begin soon after eating or drinking lactose containing food or drinks.
Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth occurs when there is an excessive amount of bacteria inhabiting the small intestine. Symptoms are very similar to those of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
Studies have shown that in 50% of IBS diagnosis, Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth is present. The Glucose Hydrogen & Methane Breath Test is performed to detect Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth.
Fructose and Sorbitol are quite often found together in fruit. Some people cannot consume both of these sugars together when eaten either combined or at the same time.
This can lead to intolerance reactions such as bloating, cramps, diarrhoea or constipation, gas production, reflux, nausea or vomiting.
Fructose can be present naturally in foods or added as a sweetener. Foods that contain fructose include oranges, apples, mangos, pears, prunes, melons, raisins, honey and fruit juices. Fructose malabsorption occurs when the small intestine fails to fully absorb this sugar.
As a result, Fructose is transported to the colon where it is metabolised by colonic bacteria. The by-products released as a result can cause GI and abdominal symptoms such as nausea, diarrhoea, constipation, bloating and fullness.
Sorbitol is often used as a sweetener in "diet" or "sugar free" foods and drinks. It can also occur naturally in foods such as pears, prunes, peaches, cherries, and plums.
In large quantities, Sorbitol may cause osmotic diarrhoea, however in patients that suffer from IBS, lower amounts of Sorbitol can cause abdominal and GI symptoms.
Sucrose is normally broken down in the small intestine by the sucrase enzyme. When Sucrose Malabsorption occurs, the sucrose is not properly broken down or absorbed in the small intestine.
It travels to the colon where it is metabolised by colonic bacteria. Sucrose is also known as table or cane sugar.
Up to 45% of the population suffer from Food Intolerance (Allergy UK) which can cause a wide range of symptoms such as headaches, digestive problems, IBS, bloating, itchy skin, joint pain, weight gain, and low mood to name a few.
A few drops of blood are taken using our simple finger prick blood collection wick system. There are three different tests available depending how many food ingredients you wish to be tested for. These include 75, 100 and 150 plus.
Professional and Confidential Service
Most Competitive Prices in Ireland.
Tests can be performed on weekends.
Carried out by a fully accredited GI Physiologist.
Helicobacter Pylori: €90
Lactose Intolerance: €120
Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth: €120
Fructose-Sorbitol Intolerance: €120
Fructose Malabsorption: €120
Sorbitol Intolerance: €120
Sucrose Malabsorption: €120
Food Intolerance Tests:
IgG antibody reaction to 75 food ingredients: €240
IgG antibody reaction to 100 food ingredients: €305
IgG antibody reaction to 150 plus food ingredients: €355
The price for the IgG antibody reaction food intolerance testing also includes a follow up phone consultation with a specialist nutritionist to discuss your results in detail.
From 1st August 2017 the following price change will come into effect:
Helicobacter Pylori Breath Test: €100