Importance of good gut health
The gut microbiome plays a large role in the breakdown and digestion of food and is ultimately responsible for providing us with nutrients, energy, and immune health while regulating mood, hormones, and metabolism. When the gut microbiome is out of balance, it creates a cascading effect within the body that increases our risk for illness and disease.
The gut microbiome harbors 100 trillion microorganisms including fungi and viruses but mostly bacteria. Bacteria play a significant role in protecting us from disease and illness while other bacterial strains cause harm. A healthy gut requires a balance between the helpful and harmful gut bacteria. When the gut microbiome is off balance for long periods of time, various symptoms will arise from fatigue to bloating to unexplained weight loss. The gut microbiome gives insight around the cause of certain health conditions.
What are some things that alter the gut microbiome?
Lack of sleep and exercise
Fried food, junk food, processed food
Overuse of antibiotics
Toxic mold exposure
Air and chemical pollution
Testing your gut health
Thankfully, we can analyze our gut health with a GI MAP test. This is the most comprehensive gut test on the market. A GI-MAP (Gut Microbiome Assay Plus) is a stool test that analyzes the DNA of the microorganisms present in the gut microbiome. It analyzes your intestinal health and inflammation levels, assesses the health of your gut flora, and identifies harmful pathogenic bacteria, viruses, parasites, or other pathogens.
Getting a GI-MAP test can accelerate your healing journey by getting answers to the root cause of some of your health symptoms. The test results can guide holistic treatment and management of many health conditions.
Who is this test for?
Almost anyone can benefit from a GI-Map gut health assessment. Those struggling with chronic illness can benefit from testing to identify root causes to your condition. Those who want to achieve optimal wellness can use a GI MAP to improve health. Some conditions that can benefit from testing are:
Digestive complaints, including diarrhea, acid reflux, leaky gut, stomach pain, constipation, bloating, and more.
Autoimmune disorders (Some elevated gut bacterial strains are even linked to specific autoimmune diseases.)
Skin problems like acne, eczema, and psoriasis
Mood disorders, anxiety, depression
Weight issues unexplained weight loss or weight loss resistance
It is important to note that the GI-MAP test is not a replacement for medical treatment or the care of a healthcare provider. This test is typically not used in traditional physician office settings. If you are interested in seeing if you’re a good candidate for a GI-MAP test, book a call or email me at email@example.com.