What this test will show
This test provides a comprehensive evaluation of gastrointestinal function. It gives a valuable insight into digestive function including ability to digest and absorb dietary nutrients, intestinal inflammation, status of the microbiome – presence and balance of commensal and any pathogenic bacteria, yeast (incuding candida species), fungus and parasites (including protozoa, worms and any parasitic ova) – and an indicator of immune function of the gut, the status of which is critical for protecting our overall health. By identifying imbalances, infection, insufficiencies and inflammation, we can improve not just gut health, but our overall health, by implementing a treatment protocol to address the root cause of these, rather than just treating the symptoms.
The test also gives an insight into conditions such as small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), intestinal permeability (leaky gut), ulcers, polyps, diverticulitis, colorectal cancer, food intolerances and allergies, celiac disease, IBD (Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis), distinguishing between IBD and IBS.
Who this test is for
This test is a really useful tool for anyone struggling with symptoms and conditions relating to the gut, the immune system and the nervous system (mental health).
Symptoms may include gas, bloating, indigestion, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, constipation, brain fog, fatigue, low mood, low energy, muscular or joint aches and pains, chronic skin conditions, respiratory issues, difficulty losing weight and more.
This test is not recommended for patients under 2 years of age.
Sample type: Stool test
Turnaround time: 25 days
Additional markers: Additional analytes which can be added on to this test include: Campylobacter £40; Clostridium dificile £55; Escherichia coli £40; helicobacter pylori £85; Zonulin family peptide (indicator of intestinal permeability) £40; KOH preparation for yeast (candida) £20. When ordering your test, please select the add ons you require.
Before taking this test
2-4 weeks before the test:
Wait at least 4 weeks from colonoscopy or barium enema before beginning the test.
If taking antibiotics, antiparasitics, antifungals, or probiotic supplements (acidophilus etc), it is recommended that you wait a minimum of 14 days after your last dose before beginning the test; 28 days may be preferred after antibiotic use.
For H. pylori add-on testing, discontinuation of PPIs and bismuth for 14 days is recommended.
2 days before the test:
The following substances should be discontinued 2 days prior unless directed otherwise by your physician: aspirin, ibuprofen and other NSAIDs, rectal suppositories, enemas, activated charcoal, bismuth, betaine HCl, digestive enzymes, antacids, laxatives, mineral oil, castor oil, and bentonite clay.