The gastrointestinal (GI) tract is the interface between our body and the outside world. When inflammation extends to the gut, beneficial bacteria populations decline from antibiotic use, digestion ability declines, or any other disorder disrupts gut integrity, there is an increased risk for opportunistic yeast overgrowth and/or an imbalance of pathogenic bacteria. This scenario increases the risk of greater inflammation and the movement of parasites, yeast, and pathogens from the gut into other areas of the body to present as various disorders.
Infectious pathogens can be bacterial, fungal, or parasitic and must be eradicated for the gut to have a chance to heal and function properly. Once the infection is identified and the life-cycle of the pathogen is broken, nutritional support of the gut follows to restore healthy gut function. Wellnicity’s My Gut Bacteria and Yeast Plus test screens for: Ova & parasites x 3 (w/ Trichrome stains) plus antibodies to the antigens of Giardia lamblia, Cryptosporidium parvum, Helicobacter pylori and a single culture for bacteria and yeasts. An occult blood screen is also included. Visual and automated identification of bacteria/yeast includes but is not limited to: Citrobacter, Enterobacter, Enterococcus, Escherichia, Klebsiella, Proteus, Pseudomonas, and Candida.
Microscopic study of the stool looks for parasites and yeast in their various forms within all three of the stool samples. Non-pathogenic protozoa are parasites and may cause GI symptoms. Pathogenic parasites such as protozoa (single cell parasites), platyhelminthes (flat worms), and nemathelminths (round worms).
Antigens are protein fragments of organisms that represent the presence of the parasite(s) to include: Giardia lamblia, Cryptosporidium parvum, Helicobacter pylori. A positive result means the organism is present in the stool and should be treated accordingly.
The stool is cultured for 24-72 hours to determine which bacterial organisms can be studied under microscope and counted. This count relates to the abundance of bacterial and yeast growth. Common bacteria isolated by culture include: Citrobacter species, Enterobacter species, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella species, Proteus species and Pseudomonas species. Other bacteria identified will be indicated on the report. It is important to note that even normal bacteria can cause GI distress, such as gas, bloating, and poor digestion when their levels are imbalanced. Wellnicity’s clinicians consider the test results in addition to your history to develop dietary, lifestyle, and supplement recommendations personalized to your needs.
To ensure high sensitivity and specificity of detection, the laboratory that processes samples utilizes microbiology methods aimed at improving the recovery and identification of gastrointestinal organisms. The microbiology department uses advanced staining and antigen techniques to recover pathogens and detect non-pathogenic organisms. Taking multiple sample collections, as well as thermally preserving samples, allows for increased recovery. The trichrome stain fluoresces the sample making the organism components more apparent under the microscope’s various fields of magnification which increases recovery and reinforces the findings in other methods. Identifications are confirmed on an automated platform using optical signals generated by biochemical reactions. The parasite ID and culture methods have proven to be clinically relevant and reliable for years.
Ok, But What Does All of That Mean?
Basically, if you're experiencing gastrointestinal issues that have you concerned about your gut health, this may be the gut health test you've been looking for. What does a gut testing kit entail? We know it stinks, but there is some stool involved; it's necessary for getting down to the nitty gritty of what exactly is going on in your gut. Find out if there are any bad actors playing a supporting role in your gut health such including yeast such as candida, opportunistic bacteria, parasites and much more.
Finding out is easy! It's a simple at home stool and saliva test, your results are delivered securely online (#DataPrivacy) and, if things aren't looking good, our Clinical Nutritionists will create a custom regimen of professional-grade supplements to help heal your gut. So gut better quicker and remember... our Clinical Nutritionists are here for you every step of the way!