This Great new health test offers the best way for checking levels of bacteria. Not only does it check by culturing bacteria (Growing it) but it also uses a new technology PCR which looks at the DNA of the bacteria in the stool and is fast becoming the world leader in ways to test for bacteria.
What is being measured
Microbiology Markers – Microbiome
This part of the test is looking at levels of good and bad bacteria, yeasts and parasites.
PCR technology is used to test for the presence of the DNA of bacteria – the new and more comprehensive way that levels of different bacteria are checked. The different types of bacteria checked are;
Bacteriodes- Prevotella group
Firmicutes/Bacteriodes (F/B Ratio)
Bacteriology – Cultured
Additional Bacteria – Cultured
A board range are tested for and can include;
Citrobacter frendii (and other strains of citrobacter)
Klebsiella (many strains)
The presence of some bacteria may be clinically relevant in those with bacterial gastroenteritis, including: traveler’s diarrhoea, food poisoning, IBD and/or IBS.
Mycology – Cultured
Candida dubliniensis and other species of candida are checked for.
Yeast that are not related to candida.
Opportunistic fungi are associated with gastrointestinal symptoms and may be considered pathogenic, especially in immune-compromised individual
A Sensitivity panels is provided against any of the additional bacteria or yeasts that may be pathogenic (problem causing) which will show which pharmaceutical medicines and plant based supplements will be effective and which they are resistant to and would there for would be ineffective.
The GI Effects profile utilizes the accepted gold standard for parasite detection, the microscopic Ova & Parasites (O & P) exam. O & P approaches have the highest proven diagnostic and clinical utility for parasite detection. While governing bodies, such as the Centers for Disease Control, recommend a minimum of three samples on at least three separate days for the highest parasite detection, literature suggests that > 90% of enteric parasitic infections are detected in a single stool sample using O & P collection. In addition, Cryptosporidium, Giardia lamblia, and Entamoeba histolytica/dispar are assessed by EIA Enzyme immunoassay.
Age range this test is suitable for
Adults and children 2 years and above. The child needs to be potty trained and out of nappies. The sample must not be contaminated with urine or fibres from nappies.
Before Taking this Test
Refrain from taking digestive enzymes, antacids, and aspirin for two days prior to specimen collection, unless otherwise instructed by your healthcare provider
If taking antibiotics, antiparasitics, antifungals, probiotic supplements (acidophilus, etc.), or consuming food products containing beneficial flora (e.g. Activia®), 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 antibiotics have been utilized (unless instructed otherwise by your physician). There may be times when your healthcare provider prefers that you stay on one of these agents (e.g. acidophilus) during testing in order to evaluate its effectiveness. Follow your healthcare provider’s recommendation.
Never discontinue prescription medications without consulting your healthcare provider first.
The test kit will come with full instructions.
All sample reports are for representational and educational purposes only. Biomarkers, references ranges, results, and all other data may differ from actual reports. All data included in no way represents an actual patient. Any comparisons of results to actual patients, is completely incidental.
Smart Nutrition GI Effects Microbial Ecology Sample Report – Updated January 2018