In order to really understand the health of the gut, we do advanced lab testing. The test is comprehensive and gives a picture of the good and not-so-good bugs (the microbiome) who are living in the bowels, as well as detailed information on digestion, the immune system and inflammation.
The test we use at Braid Health is the GIMAP, a comprehensive stool test which uses DNA PCR analysis to identify the little critters on board.
“More than ever before, we are keenly aware of the health benefits or disease risks brought about by the microorganisms that inhabit the human body. Culture techniques, previously the standard, left up to 50% of bacterial species virtually invisible. Because most of the bacteria of the GI tract are anaerobes (survive in no-oxygen surroundings), culture-based methods cannot cultivate them which leaves a large blind spot for clinicians when trying to diagnose the source of infection.”
Quote from the GIMAP website
The turnaround for testing is quick. Samples have to be sent to the USA by Fedex for express shipping, then lab results are usually ready 6 days after the sample has arrived.
Who would benefit from GIMAP testing?
People with symptoms of:
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Autoimmune Disease
- Acute and Chronic Gastroenteritis
- SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth
- Suspected H. pylori infection
- Fungal or Yeast infections
- Bacterial and Parasitic infections
- Viral pathogens
- Intestinal permeability
Here is an example of a report.
Here is a video I made to use the test kit correctly.
Overall this is a very thorough test and I often use it with clients of Braid Health. Cost of this testing is around $535 (including shipping). If you have any queries about the GIMAP please let me know.