Comprehensive Stool Tests - Need some answers for what may be going on inside?

 

Emerging microbiome research has shown the importance of gut health to our overall health. Research studies link up to 80% of our immune system to the gut. So, taking steps to improve gut health supports lifelong wellness.

There are many tools and strategies to help improve your gut health. These include eating nutrient dense foods (yes, difficult for many children), taking supplements for gut health, and working with a practitioner who understands how to help children improve their gut health. Yet there is no one-size-fits-all approach to gut health. For example, taking a probiotic for the gut may be beneficial for some individuals. In others, it could do more harm than good. Imagine there’s already high levels of a beneficial microbe in your gut. Taking a probiotic could boost those levels to a point where they are too high, resulting in low diversity in the gut microbiome.

Taking a gut microbiome test is the best way to determine if there are any imbalances in your child's gut that need course correction. Testing helps educate you on the best actions for your child's unique microbiome. 

Comprehensive Stool Tests 

(Choose one below) 

An at-home Comprehensive Stool Test measures key markers of digestion, absorption, and intestinal function, including markers for gut bacteria, yeast, GI pathogens, and parasites. Learning about your child's markers will help to determine the underlying cause(s) of his constipation so we can improve digestion, absorption and elimination and relieve constipation long term. 

Below find stool test options recommended by CRaP4Kids, depending where in the world you reside.

Tiny Health Stool Tests

Tiny Health has created stool tests using shotgun metagenomics analysis for those 0 to 100 years old.  

Available in Canada and the USA.  They have two tests to choose from: their PRO test and their gut microbiome test.  

 

TINY HEALTH GUT TEST INCLUDES:

‚ąö¬†Gut microbiome results and actions
‚ąö¬†Doctor‚Äôs Review of Test Results (from Lab)

TINY HEALTH PRO TEST INCLUDES:

‚ąö¬†Gut microbiome results and actions
‚ąö Non-microbial stool markers, including digestion/absorption markers (Elastase, fat stain, carbohydrates); Immunology (Secretory IgA); Short Chain Fatty Acids (concentrations of butyrate, acetate propionate);¬†Inflammation markers (Lactoferrin, lysozyme, calprotectin); Intestinal health markers (pH, Beta-glucuronidase, occult blood).
‚ąö¬†Doctor‚Äôs Review of Test Results (from Lab)

Order Tiny Health Gut Microbiome Test $200
Order Tiny Health Pro Test $459
Order Tiny Health Pro Add-On (if already done Gut Microbiome Test) $259
Order Tiny Health Gut Microbiome Test for Canadians $220

The Details ...

Deep shot-gun metagenomics sequencing is the gold standard to get a comprehensive analysis that is reliable when trying to make informed decisions to overcome bowel issues and heal the gut. 

Compared with conventional diagnostic methods, metagenomic sequencing is more sensitive and better in detecting novel, rare, and unexpected pathogens. Shotgun metagenomic sequencing allows researchers to comprehensively sample all genes in all organisms present in a given complex sample. The method enables microbiologists to evaluate bacterial diversity and detect the abundance of microbes in various environments.1

Unlike most of the other standard comprehensive stool tests which use older and less reliable testing methodologies (e.g., culture, qPCR, 16S), both Tiny Health and BiomeFX use the shotgun metagenomics method.  

  

 Stool tests are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always consult with your professional health care provider if you are taking any medication.

 

 1. Chen Y, Fan LC, Chai YH, Xu JF. Advantages and challenges of metagenomic sequencing for the diagnosis of pulmonary infectious diseases. Clin Respir J. 2022 Oct;16(10):646-656. doi: 10.1111/crj.13538. Epub 2022 Sep 6. PMID: 36068680; PMCID: PMC9527156.

 

BiomeFX Stool Test

 

The BiomeFX microbiome gut test helps to: 

‚úďUnderstand the functions of the gut microbiome
‚úď Identify dysbiosis ratios¬†
‚úď Pinpoint which metabolites are overproduced or underproduced¬†
‚úď Support specific gut functions using nourishing dietary practices, supplement protocols, and lifestyle recommendations
‚úď Identify the abundance of 14 important keystone species¬†¬†
‚úď Identify the abundance of 29+ pathogens¬†¬†
‚úď Identify microbial cross-feeding relationships
‚úď Provide an analysis of 20+¬†functions of the microbiome

Available to all clients in North America, the UK, and the EU. 

 

 

Please note that purchasing this test does NOT include an appointment to review test results, to determine next steps, nor to create a gut-healing protocol. 

 

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Purchase BiomeFX $497 USD