Gut Microbial Test
Gut Microbial Test
Our stool test is a powerful tool that analyzes your intestinal microbiota and detects microbes that may be disturbing normal microbial balance or contributing to illness. These include indicators of digestion, absorption, inflammation, and immune function. It relies exclusively on quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) technology to detect parasites, bacteria, fungi, and more, by targeting the specific DNA of the organisms tested.
- Easy to use: At home test
- Collection Method:Stool Test
- Measures:GI-Map, Zonulin, H. Pylori, Candida, Calprotectin
YOUR GUT IS YOUR SECOND BRAIN
Research overwhelmingly indicates that gut health impacts overall health. The gut microbiome, in particular, plays a critical role in mediating the effects of diet and other factors on health, including digestive, immune, metabolic and neuroendocrine functions.
The GI-MAP is valuable in diagnosing specific illnesses in certain cases, but its true value comes from what it can tell us about our overall health. The digestive system plays a very large role in overall well-being, one that medicine is only beginning to understand. The GI-MAP can tell a lot about gut health, and from gut health we can learn a lot about overall wellness.
The Gastrointestinal Microbial Assay Plus (GI-MAP) is an innovative clinical tool that measures gastrointestinal microbiota DNA from a single stool sample with state of the art, quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) technology. The GI-MAP was designed to detect microbes that may be disturbing normal microbial balance or contributing to illness as well as indicators of digestion, absorption, inflammation, and immune function.
Almost every person can benefit from a GI-MAP gut health assessment. Some people are looking to achieve optimal health, while others have been symptoms realted to gut health.
PATHOGENSThe test includes pathogens (bacterial, parasitic, and viral) commonly known to cause intestinal gastroenteritis. It's important to note that not all individuals with positive findings for pathogens will present with symptoms. Many factors, including the health of the individual, the transient nature of some pathogens, and the presence and expression of virulence factors all contribute to an individual's symptoms. Toxins are a type of virulence factor produced by certain pathogens.
Recent studies have shown that nearly 50% of the world's population may harbor H. pylori. And, although many carriers are asymptomatic, H. pylori is known to have a causative role in ulcers, chronic gastritis, and stomach cancer.
The test measures opopportunistic bacteria, which are pathogens that cause disease and illness in some individuals, particularly the immune-compromised. Many individuals come into contact with opportunistic bacteria and experience no symptoms. Most sources consider these microbes to be normal in the stool. However, they can cause gastroenteritis and inflammation at high levels in vulnerable patients. Symptoms may include diarrhea, loose stools, abdominal pain, or even constipation.
Overgrowth and excessive colonization by opportunistic bacteria may occur when the commensal bacteria are impaired by poor diet, antibiotic use, parasitic infection, or a weakened immune system. When intestinal permeability is present, these microbes could escape the lumen of the gut and infect extraintestinal sites.
INTESTINAL HEALTH MARKERS
The GI Map also tests for markers that determine your intestinal health such as digestion, immune response, inflammation, and GI markers.
Zonulin has been identified as a key biomarker for intestinal permeability, which has been associated with celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), and other GI and systemic conditions.
PARASITES + FUNGI/YEAST + VIRUSES
Fungal organisms are commonly found in the human digestive tract, but fungal overgrowth can cause illness in susceptible individuals. Fungal growth may be localized in the body. For instance, Candida spp. may be high in the large intestine but normal in the small intestine, and vice versa.
A parasite is an organism that lives and feeds on a host organism at the expense of the host. The GI-MAP tests for pathogenic parasites and protozoa (some of which are non-pathogenic) most commonly occurring in the GI tract.
The test also test good microbes. There are trillions of microorganisms in your GI tract that make up a complex ecosystem. It is essential to have a plenty of good bacteria because their jobs are to extract nutrients and energy from food, maintain gut barrier function, produce vitamins, and fight and protect against harmful microbes.
What is Analyzed?
GI-Map, Zonulin, H. Pylori, Candida, Calprotectin
- H. Pylori
- Immune function
- Pancreatic function
- Autoimmune related bacteria
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What You Get
With ordering the test you will get all the tools and instructions you need to perform the test at home along with a pre-paid label to ship back to the lab. (Shipping is included)
In addition, with each test you will recive COMPLIMENTARY:
60 min 1:1 Meeting With a Functional Nutrition Practitioner
- Overview your test results
- Overview your assessment questionnaire
- Assess the current situation, measure biometrics and set goals
- Presenting a personalized nutrition & health protocol
Nutrition & Health Protocol
- Based on the Test Results & Questionnaire
- Completely Personalized
- Fits Your Lifestyle
- Holistic approach, including nutrition suggestions and sample menu, exersice, rest, stress and supplements
Hormones, Stress, Sleep
How It Works?
After ordering the testing kit, we will provide you with all the information you need about the process. In addition, we will send you a short questionnaire to understand your preferences, history and goals. After receiving your test (3-5 business days) your coach will guide you with the instructions in order to perform it correctly. You will get a pre-paid label to ship the specimen back to the lab. Results are between 10-14 business days from the day that shipping has arrived back to the lab. We also send each result to a third-party lab interpretation company for accurate understanding of the results.
Collaboration with top licensed laboratories. We don't compromise when it comes to standards, technology, or accuracy. We work with a top licensed laboratory, which exceeds accreditation and regulatory requirements and is both CLIA- and COLA-certified. Antibody assessments on the ELISA platform are always done twice. Repeat testing ensures accurate and reproducible results. Reiterative process creates consistent quality across tests Produced by Vitalleo Health