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Why Should You Get a GI MAP Comprehensive Stool Test? 

 

What is the GI MAP Test?

By Caitlin Self MS, CNS, LDN

The GI MAP is a comprehensive stool test that is offered through Diagnostic Solutions Lab. It is one of the few comprehensive stool tests on the market, and it can shine a light on what’s going on with your gut flora (your microbiome), so your practitioner can help you identify how to fix any imbalances. 

 

This comprehensive stool test uses something called PCR technology to test for a number of pathogens, including parasites, viruses, and common bacterial pathogens such as H. pylori, C. diff, Campylobacter, E. coli and more. 

Who Should Get a GI-MAP Comprehensive Stool Test?

Although most people could benefit from seeing what’s going on with their gut flora, those with some of the following symptoms are especially good fits for this test. 

 

  • Constipation

  • Diarrhea

  • Gas, bloating, distention

  • IBS or IBD

  • Skin conditions, including eczema, acne, psoriasis

  • Abnormal physical symptoms

  • Brain fog and cognitive decline

  • Mood disorders, including depression or anxiety

  • Reactions to a variety of foods

  • Rapid weight loss

  • Diabetes or inability to lose weight

  • Digestive distress following travel 

  • History of food poisoning

Frequently Asked Questions

- What does GI-MAP Stand For? 

GI-MAP stands for: Gastrointestinal Microbial Assay Plus

 

- Does GI MAP Test for SIBO? 

 

No - the only thing that tests for SIBO is the breath test. However, the GI MAP might show an elevated presence of methanobrevibacter smithii, which shows likely SIBO. 

- How Long Do GI MAP Results Take?

 

You will typically get your results back in 3-4 weeks. Be sure to check in with your provider to make sure your test was received!

 

- How Do You Order a GI-MAP?

 

Only licensed practitioners with Diagnostic Solutions Labs have access to this comprehensive stool test. 

- What is the Process for a GI-MAP?

 

A GI-MAP is a stool test, which means - yes, you have to mail in your stool! We will provide you with a stool collection kit and detailed instructions on the procedure. 

 

Learn more about the GI-MAP comprehensive stool test here!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration

This information is for educational purposes only. The statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Consult your physician if you have any question regarding a medical condition

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About Caitlin Self, MS, CNS, LDN


Caitlin is a licensed nutritionist and food blogger based in Baltimore, MD. She works closely with clients to understand how their gut microbiome is affecting their overall health.

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