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Congratulations! You have opted to get the most advanced GI Health / Stool / Microbiome Testing available on the market today.
The GUT / Stool Testing Kit that you will be receiving is from Doctor’s Data and is called GI 360.
The GI 360 Stool Test focuses on all the areas needed to fully assess the health of your GUT and Microbiome.
In a healthy balanced state of intestinal flora, the beneficial bacteria make up a significant proportion of the total microflora. However, in many individuals there is an imbalance or deficiency of beneficial flora (called insufficiency dysbiosis), and an overgrowth of non-beneficial bacteria or pathogenic microorganisms.
This can be due to a number of factors including (but not limited to) consumption of contaminated water or food; daily exposure of chemicals that are toxic to beneficial bacteria; the use of antibiotics, oral contraceptives or other medications; poor fiber intake and high stress levels.
A number of toxic substances can be produced by the dysbiotic bacteria including amines, ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, phenols, and secondary bile acids which may cause inflammation or damage to the brush border of the intestinal lining.
If left unchecked, long-term damage to the intestinal lining may result in leaky gut syndrome, allergies, autoimmune disease (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis), irritable bowel syndrome, fatigue, chronic headaches, and sensitivities to a variety of foods. In addition, pathogenic bacteria can cause acute symptoms such as abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and fever in cases of food poisoning.
Bacterial sensitivities to a variety of prescriptive and natural agents will also be provided if your stool testing results in cultured pathogenic bacteria. This helps me determine an appropriate treatment regimen should your testing result in pathogenic bacteria.
In addition to PCR testing and culture and sensitivities of your microbiome, additional important markers to help me understand your GUT health are provided including red blood cells, white blood cells, muscle fibers, vegetable fibers, mucus and microscopic yeast.
Additional stool chemistries include the pH of your stool, hidden blood, elastase, fat stain, carbohydrate digestion, lactoferrin, lysozyme, Calprotectin, Secretary IgA, Short Chain Fatty Acids, and Beta glucuronidase. All of these helps identify the function of your GUT, which is the critical piece of understanding that we are aiming to achieve.
NOTE: It is important that testing should not take place until 21 days after completion of treatment with an antibiotic to prevent identification of lingering traces of DNA that has been killed by antibiotic treatment.