The gut microbiome consists of all microorganisms, bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and fungi, along with their collective genetic material in the gastrointestinal tract. Recent studies have been focusing on gut bacteria and how they perform numerous biochemical functions in the body. Some researchers call the microbiome an ‘extended genome’. There are millions of these microorganisms and are found to be involved with metabolism, nutrition, physiology, and immune function.
We offer the GI-MAP Stool Test by Diagnostic Solutions Laboratory that uses quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) technology to detect parasites, bacteria, fungi, and more, by targeting the specific DNA of the organisms tested. This stool test gives our providers accurate information about your specific gut microbiome. Our providers use the test results to help you restore gut health, manage underlying chronic illnesses, and improve overall wellness.
WHO SHOULD BE TESTED?
Almost every patient can benefit from a gut health assessment. Some patients are looking to achieve optimal health, while other patients have been chronically ill and frustrated without a diagnosis for years.
Some conditions that warrant testing are:
- Autoimmune diseases
- Digestive complaints, diarrhea, or constipation
- Brain fog
- Skin problems, like acne and psoriasis
- Mood disorders, depression, and anxiety
- Diabetes and weight loss issues