It has been said that everything begins and ends in the gut and we are only as healthy as our gut microbiome. I couldn’t agree more and this is the best test that I know of to assess just that. Adding it to my Functional Medicine tool box has really elevated my practice and has helped my clients not only improve their gut health but their overall wellness. Your gut is your most important internal organ because it literally impacts every other organ system. For example, the health of your gut microbiome influences not only your digestion, but your immunity, mental health, sleep, skin health, body weight and a host of endocrine functions (just to name a few). A healthy gut truly equals a healthy you!
Signs that your gut microbiome is out of balance are:
- Your digestion is off
- You have food sensitivities and/or food allergies
- You suffer from fatigue
- You get sick often
- Your sleep is disturbed
- Your hormones are out of whack!
- You suffer from mood swings, depression or anxiety
- You are experiencing skin issues such as acne, rosacea, eczema or psoriasis
- You have an autoimmune disorder
- You have sugar cravings
As you can see from the symptoms above, your gut health impacts your overall health. Assessing GI health with the proper tools can help get to the root cause of your weight shedding or wellness issues and help you to meet and maintain your wellness goals.
The GI Map Test uses a simple at-home 1-day stool sample (I know – yuck!). A test kit is drop shipped to you directly with a prepaid mailer to ship back to lab.
In my opinion, this test is essential if you truly want a customized plan and achieve optimal results. I have used food sensitivity testing in my practice for over 20 years and the results have been nothing short of miraculous. They are one of the main root causes of a person’s inability to shed weight, regardless of their effort.
The IgG Food Explorer Test is an Elisa-based multiplex food sensitivity (intolerance) test measuring total IgG antibodies to a plethora of foods. IgG Food Explorer evaluates over 250 food antigens using a simple at-home collection. Your results help to personalize your diet and lifestyle recommendations, as well as, reduce and eliminate symptoms related to adverse food reactions.
Food intolerances are delayed reactions as opposed to food allergies, which are more immediate reactions. Food intolerances are much more common and characterized by digestive disorders, migraines, obesity, or inability to lose weight, chronic fatigue, aching joints, skin disorders, and behavioral issues. It has been estimated that an upwards of 70-80% of the US population has some type of food intolerance. Unfortunately for many, those food intolerance symptoms are often identified as individual problems and treated as such, thus treating the symptoms and not the cause.
The IgG Food Explorer Test requires a simple at home blood sample (finger prick). A test kit is drop shipped to you directly with a prepaid mailer to ship back to lab. Results generally take 2 weeks.