GI MAP screening for the gut health
One of the foundational screenings in my toolbox is GI MAP (Gastrointestinal Microbial Assay Plus) that looks into the gut health. Recent studies suggest that gut microbiome plays a very important role in mediating the effects of diet and other factors on health, including digestive, immune, metabolic and neuroendocrine functions and in modulating risk of several chronic diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. At the same time, it is now understood that diet plays a significant role in shaping the microbiome, with experiments showing that dietary alterations can induce large, temporary microbial shifts within 24 h.
This innovative tool measures gastrointestinal microbiota DNA from a single stool sample using quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) technology.
Sounds fancy but it proves a point that we are what we eat!
Since GI-MAP is a DNA-based test, results reflect the levels of pathogenic strains carrying the toxin genes, not the levels of any toxins that may be produced and detects microbes that may be disturbing normal microbial balance or contributing to illness as well as indicators of digestion, absorption, inflammation, and immune function.
So if you have or suspect that you may have:
Digestive complaints (diarrhea/constipation or both)
Skin problems (acne and psoriasis)
Mood disorders (depression and anxiety)
Diabetes and weight loss issues
reach out to me to figure how to get to the bottom of this (sorry, i had to!).