Hippocrates is famously quoted as saying that ‘All disease begins in the gut.’ While this may be somewhat of an overstatement, medical science is now finding that many chronic diseases are, in fact, strongly linked to gut health.
Our digestive tract is home to trillions of microbes including bacteria, viruses, parasites, and yeasts. The specific types and amounts of microbial species that we harbor play a vital role in maintaining optimal health. Beneficial microbes provide us with protective nutrients, while harmful microbes produce toxins, cause inflammation, and damage the intestinal lining. Imbalances in the gut microbiome have been linked to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, allergies, inflammatory and autoimmune conditions, colon cancer, mood disorders, and other diseases. In addition, digestive problems such as diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating, nausea, cramping, and indigestion can occur.
The GI-Microbial Assay Plus™ (GI-MAP™) test utilizes the most advanced DNA detection techniques available for analyzing the composition of the microbiome. Far superior than a traditional stool culture which can only detect a few types of microbes, the GI-MAP™ test identifies microbial DNA, so all microbes of interest can be readily detected and accurately quantified. In addition, this test also measures several other markers that are important for normal intestinal function and can help diagnose additional problems that may be present.
The GI-Microbial Assay Plus™ test analyzes over 80 different parameters in stool that affect health and disease, including the following: