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Gut Health Test – Gi 360

£349.00

Gut Health Home Test (Stool test)

 

 

What is GI-360 Gut health Test?

The GI-360 stool profile assesses 3 major areas of gut health:

  1. Digestive function. Namely your ability to digest protein, fats, and carbohydrates.
  2. Gut inflammation; Markers on this test assess inflammation in the gut and can be used to help differentiate between IBD; Inflammatory bowel disease and IBS Irritable bowel syndrome.
  3. The Gut microbiome (organisms within the gut). Recent research has highlighted the important role gut bacteria and its balance play in not only digestive health but an array of different health concerns such as metabolic syndrome, inflammatory and autoimmune disorders, and metabolic health and general wellness.

Benefits

The GI 360 tests your microbiome – good and bad bacteria, yeasts, and parasites  via:

  1. PCR Testing
    More than 95% of commensal gut organisms are anaerobic (don’t survive in oxygen) and are therefore difficult to recover by traditional (aerobic) culture techniques (growing in a petri dish). The new DNA techniques are now considered the standard for assessing these types of bacteria with a process called Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) methodology. This test checks 45 clinically relevant bacteria and 6 major phyla (groups of bacteria) with the new DNA PCR technology. It is also used to assess viruses, pathogenic bacteria and parasites.
  2.  Culture
    The process of culturing means that the lab checks for the presence of good, bad and imbalanced bacteria and yeasts by trying to grow them in a petri dish. If they manage to grow any bacteria or yeasts such as candida, they then treat them with pharmaceutical and natural antimicrobial agents to see which are sensitive – meaning which are reduced or killed off by the agent. In the ever expanding world of microbial resistance, the sensitivity panel is a valuable tool to help inform which antimicrobial drugs or plant based antimicrobials may be most effective in addressing any imbalances and /or pathogens.
    Pathogenic bacteria consist of known pathogenic bacteria that can cause disease in the GI tract. They are present due to the consumption of contaminated food or water, exposure to animals, fish, or amphibians known to harbor the organism. These organisms can be detected by either Multiplex PCR or microbiology culture. Imbalanced bacteria are usually neither pathogenic nor beneficial to the host GI tract. Imbalances can occur when there are insufficient levels of beneficial bacteria and increased levels of commensal bacteria. Certain commensal bacteria are reported as dysbiotic at higher levels. Dysbiotic bacteria consist of those bacteria that have the potential to cause disease in the GI tract. They can be present due to a number of factors including exposure to chemicals that are toxic to beneficial bacteria; the use of antibiotics, oral contraceptives, or other medications; poor fiber intake, and high-stress levels. Yeast may normally be present in small quantities on the skin, in the mouth, and intestine. While small quantities of yeast may be normal, yeast observed in higher quantities is considered abnormal. Bacteria and Mycology Sensitivity. In the ever-expanding world of microbial resistance, the sensitivity panel is a valuable tool to help inform which antimicrobial drugs or plant-based antimicrobials may be most effective in addressing any imbalances and /or pathogens.
  3. Microscopy
    Highly skilled lab technicians check for eggs, parasites, worms, and yeasts with a microscope.

How it Works

First, we will send you the Microbiome test box with some clear instructions:

1) A very small fecal sample is collected in the dedicated tube;

2) Your sample is, then, analysed in the lab using the latest technology

Please note that it may take 12-14 days on average before your results are available but might take longer. Every sample is analysed on a case-by-case basis and we will notify you personally if there are any changes to this timeframe.