Do you have symptoms such as persistent diarrhea, constipation, bloating, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, pain in the gut and malabsorption? This lab with help us evaluate the status of beneficial and imbalanced commensal bacteria including Clostridium species, pathogenic (disease causing) bacteria, yeast, fungus and parasites. The gut microbiome resides in your large intestine and is host to more than 1000 species of bacteria that perform certain important functions from shaping the immune system to influencing metabolism of nutrients to fortifying the intestinal mucosal barrier (gut barrier).
Impairment of intestinal functions can contribute to the development of food allergies, systemic illness, autoimmune disease, and toxic overload from substances that are usually kept in the confines of the bowel for elimination. Inflammation, metal toxicity, environmental toxins, food sensitivities/allergies, and the use of medication all significantly increase intestinal permeability and compromise assimilation of nutrients. This can lead to:
Parasite test results: about 10 days after you send your samples to the lab
The parasite test results come quickly because the samples just need to be stained, put into a centerfuge, and then examined with a 1000x magnification microscope by Parasitologists.
Bacterial test results: about 3 weeks after you send your samples to the lab, you'll receive your bacterial test results.
The bacterial test results take a few weeks because the lab grows the stool swab bacteria in a petri dish, and then tests the bacteria's resistance to 15 different antibiotics.
As long as an adult supervises and helps, then yes this is a safe test for children. The sample cups contain preserving fluid that is unsafe to drink or expose to eyes. A scooper spoon is provided so the fluid can be kept away from children.
Specimen Type: Stool