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.