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WHAT IS GUT MICROBIOTA?
Our gut microbiota contains tens of trillions of microorganisms, including at least 1000 different species of known bacteria with more than 3 million genes (150 times more than human genes). Microbiota can, in total, weigh up to 2 kg. One third of our gut microbiota is common to most people, while two thirds are specific to each one of us. In other words, the microbiota in your intestine is like an individual identity card.
In the last few decades, DNA analysis has transformed the field of microbiology. The Human Microbiome Project and research around the globe have characterized the GI microbiome. More than ever before, we are keenly aware of the health benefits and disease risks brought about by the microorganisms that inhabit the GI tract. Culture techniques, previously the standard, leave up to 50% of bacterial species virtually invisible!
The GI Microbial Assay Plus (GI-MAP™) was designed to assess a patient’s microbiome from a single stool sample, with particular attention to microbes that cause disease or that disrupt normal microbial balance and contribute to perturbations in the GI flora and contribute to illness.
Use your microbiome to monitor the effects of:
- Going gluten-free.
- Taking probiotics, medications or supplements.
- Improving your diet.
- Changing your lifestyle.
- Before and after travel.
- Plus much more!
This platform provides an opportunity to better understand your gut microbiome, and contributing to advancements in research that may have tremendous benefit for the future of human health and well-being.
CONDITIONS TO CONSIDER TESTING
- Low energy levels / fatigue
- Inflammation or joint pain
- Gastrointestinal symptoms / IBS
- Autoimmune disease
- Nutritional (or vitamin) deficiencies
- Food intolerances
- Difficulty concentrating, or “brain fog”
- Skin conditions
- Autism Spectrum / ADHD