What Is The GI Microbiome Map Test?
The test involves a microbial assay of a single stool sample to determine the presence of bacteria, fungi, parasites, and the population of these. The microbiota plays an important role in determining the overall health of a person and contributing to illness. The test involves isolating the microbial DNA of the organisms that are found in the stool sample and then determining which organisms they are and whether these are opportunistic pathogens. Once identified, it is possible to then go on to statistically check which is the dominant microbe and whether the population of these is balanced.
Various health conditions such as Inflammatory Bowel disease, or Leaky Gut are triggered by an unhealthy microbiome in the gastrointestinal region. Once these bad bacteria are found, antibiotics can be taken to reduce their populations.
For those who are wondering what the ‘perfect’ microbiome is, there isn’t one. Often the test indicates positive findings for certain pathogens in some people but they still do not exhibit disease. This indicates that the mere presence of bad bacteria is not enough to cause disease. The virulence aspect also needs to be taken into consideration. Every person has their own balance of microbiota composition and that which works in harmony is their perfect microbiome.