Gut Microbiome Test Small

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A healthy gut impacts your brain, immune system, and overall well-being. The Gut Microbiome (or Microbiota) is home to many types of bacteria and microbes, including yeast. These organisms are responsible for fundamental biochemical processes.

GetTested’s Gut Microbiome Test Small is a gut flora test that examines common bacteria such as Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, and Clostridium, as well as the yeast Candida albicans. It measures a total of 13 common bacteria and 4 yeasts.

For a more comprehensive gut health assessment, consider our Medium, Large, or XL microbiome tests.

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Which items are measured in the Gut Microbiome Small test?

Escheria coli
Escherichia coli (E. coli) is a type of bacteria that is naturally found in the intestines of humans and other animals. It is a gram-negative, facultative anaerobic, rod-shaped bacterium that is a member of the Enterobacteriaceae family. E. coli is a beneficial bacteria that helps to break down food and produce vitamins. However, some strains of E. coli can cause food poisoning.
Escherichia coli Biovare
Escherichia coli Biovare, a distinct subspecies of E. coli, is unusual in the human intestine. It has several forms, including hemolytic, mucoid, and lactose-negative types. Finding hemolytic or mucoid E. coli is common, especially when there's an absence of beneficial E. coli and an alkaline pH level. Elevated levels of this subspecies can indicate inadequate mucosal immunity, often due to low production of secretory IgA.
Proteus
Proteus is a genus of Gram-negative bacteria known for their ability to cause urinary tract infections (UTIs), particularly in people with long-term catheters or with a compromised immune system. They are also associated with wound infections and, less commonly, with respiratory system infections. Proteus bacteria are notable for their ability to resist multiple antibiotics, making infections challenging to treat.
Klebsiella
Klebsiella is a genus of Gram-negative bacteria found in various environments, including soil, water, and the human gut. Some species, like Klebsiella pneumoniae, are significant pathogens, causing infections in the lungs (pneumonia), bloodstream, urinary tract, and wounds. Klebsiella bacteria are known for their antibiotic resistance, which complicates treatment options and is a major concern in healthcare settings.
Pseudomonas
Pseudomonas in stool can indicate an infection or overgrowth in the gastrointestinal tract. While not a common gut pathogen, Pseudomonas aeruginosa can cause problems, particularly in immunocompromised individuals. Its presence in stool may signal an imbalance in gut flora or a more serious underlying condition, especially when accompanied by gastrointestinal symptoms.
Enterobacter
Enterobacter, a genus of common bacteria, can be found in the human gut. Typically harmless, they form part of the natural gut flora. However, in certain conditions, their overgrowth can indicate or cause health issues. Monitoring Enterobacter levels in stool can provide valuable insights into gut health and help diagnose various conditions.
Serratia
Serratia, a type of bacteria often found in the environment, can also appear in the human intestinal tract. While it's generally harmless in healthy individuals, its presence in stool might be a concern for people with certain health conditions. Detecting Serratia in stool tests can indicate potential gut flora imbalances or infections.
Hafnia
Hafnia, a genus of bacteria typically found in the intestinal tract, is part of the normal gut flora. While generally harmless, its presence in stool can sometimes indicate digestive disturbances or an imbalance in gut microbiota.
Enterococcus
Enterococcus, commonly found in the human intestines and part of the normal gut flora, plays a role in gut health. However, its overgrowth in stool can indicate an imbalance or potential infection, particularly in those with weakened immune systems.
Bifidobacterium
Bifidobacterium is a crucial genus of bacteria that resides predominantly in the human gastrointestinal tract. These bacteria play a vital role in maintaining gut health, aiding in digestion, and boosting the immune system. They also help in the synthesis of essential vitamins and fighting harmful bacteria. A balanced presence of Bifidobacterium is key to a healthy gut microbiome.
Bacteriodes
Bacteroides spp. are a significant group of bacteria in the human gut microbiome. They play a vital role in breaking down complex carbohydrates and producing short-chain fatty acids, which are crucial for colon health. Bacteroides are also important for immune system regulation and protecting against harmful pathogens.
Lactobacillus
Lactobacillus is a beneficial bacteria commonly found in the gut and some fermented foods. It plays a crucial role in digestive health, aiding in nutrient absorption and supporting the immune system.
Clostridium
Clostridium refers to a genus of bacteria, some species of which are found naturally in the human gut, while others can cause illnesses. These bacteria can survive in harsh conditions due to their ability to form spores. While certain Clostridium species play a role in gut health, others, like Clostridium difficile, can lead to severe infections, especially after antibiotic use that disrupts the normal gut flora.
Candida spp
Candida spp includes various yeast-like fungi affecting body parts like the gut and vagina. These infections often cause itching, discomfort, and discharge. They result from flora imbalance. In the gut, Candida spp can disrupt digestion. This leads to bloating and changes in bowel habits. Diet, health, and antibiotics are contributing factors. Addressing these is crucial to restore balance and relieve symptoms.
Candida albicans
Candida albicans is a type of yeast that can affect various parts of the body, most commonly manifesting as vaginal yeast infections and gut overgrowth. Vaginal infections bring itching, discomfort, and discharge, often due to flora imbalance. In the gut, overgrown Candida albicans disrupts digestion, causing bloating and bowel habit changes. Diet, health, and antibiotics influence both conditions, requiring tailored treatments to restore balance and relieve symptoms.
Yeast/fungus
Yeast, a type of fungus, is commonly found in the human body, especially in the gut and on the skin. In small amounts, it's harmless. However, imbalances can lead to overgrowth, causing various health issues. Factors like diet, antibiotics, and overall health influence yeast levels.
Geotrichum candidum
Geotrichum candidum is a type of fungus often found in soil, water, air, and some food products. In the human body, it's commonly present in the gut and on the skin. While typically harmless, Geotrichum candidum can cause issues in immunocompromised individuals.
pH value
The pH value of the stool can indicate if there are any conditions of excess decay or fermentation in the intestine. A too low pH value often occurs in combination with a dysfunctional intestinal flora, as complex sugars are metabolized to fatty acids, which can contribute to an acidified stool. A too high pH value can be due to excessive amounts of protein, which can stimulate certain intestinal bacteria to produce ammonia and other metabolic products, thus raising the pH value of the stool.

In-Depth Analysis of Gut Flora

The Gut Microbiome Test Small is a comprehensive analysis offered by GetTested. It evaluates 13 distinct bacteria and 4 common yeasts in the gut. Notably, an imbalance, such as an overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria or a deficit of beneficial ones, can lead to health complications. Additionally, research has linked gut flora imbalances to serious diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.

Key Bacterial and Yeast Strains Analyzed

This test examines:

  • Beneficial Bacteria: Like Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus, crucial for digestion, vitamin production, and infection prevention.
  • Potentially Harmful Bacteria: Including Clostridium, Klebsiella, and Escherichia coli, which can cause infections under certain conditions.
  • Yeast Varieties: Such as Candida spp and Candida albicans, usually harmless but can lead to infections if overgrown.

Who Should Consider This Test?

Ideal for those with mild gut issues or a keen interest in optimizing their health. It's also suitable for individuals with conditions linked to gut flora, like depression, autism, Parkinson’s, or Alzheimer’s. For more severe gut problems, consider our more comprehensive tests.

Understanding Gut Bacteria Functions

Moreover, gut bacteria play a pivotal role in our health, feeding cells, regulating inflammation, and comprising a system as intricate as our immunity. Therefore, analyzing fecal matter can shed light on the microbes in your gut and their impact on your health.

Looking for a More Comprehensive Test?

  • Gut Microbiome Medium: Expands on the Small test, including Akkermansia muciniphila and Faecalibacterium prausnitzii analysis.
  • Gut Microbiome Large: Adds assessments of digestive functions, including pancreatic elastase and bile acids.
  • Gut Microbiome XL: Covers all aspects of the Large test, plus examines zonulin and histamine levels.

FAQ

How is the Gut Microbiome Small test carried out?

Our Gut Microbiome Small test is a home test kit. After ordering, we will send you a kit with everything you need to collect the stool sample. Then, simply return your sample to us in the pre-paid envelope.

Who should get a Gut Microbiome Small test?

Individuals who should consider GetTested's Gut Microbiome Test Small include those experiencing digestive issues such as irregular bowel movements, bloating, or discomfort. It's also beneficial for individuals who have recently undergone antibiotic treatment, which can disrupt gut flora balance. Additionally, people with recurring yeast infections, or those interested in a general assessment of their gut health, would find value in this test.

How quickly will I receive my results?

Once we receive your sample, average response time is 10-15 business days to receive results.

Anything to consider before taking the test?

Avoid probiotics at least 72 hours before the test and antibiotics 2-4 weeks before the test.

Example Report

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Example of Gut Microbiome Test Small

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  • Theo
    For years, I've been trying to unravel the mystery behind my inconsistent energy levels, occasional bloating, and unpredictable moods. While I had a fair understanding of gut health's overall impact on one's wellbeing, it was still an abstract concept for me. Until, of course, I came across the Small Gut Microbiome Test offered by GetTested. Initially, I approached the test with a mix of skepticism and curiosity. The process began smoothly with the kit arriving promptly, clearly marked with concise instructions. Gathering the required samples was straightforward, and sending it back was hassle-free. The waiting period, though filled with anticipation, was not prolonged. When the results arrived, it was like reading a story about myself that I had only vaguely known. The detailed analysis covered the myriad of bacteria types present in my gut, their concentrations, and the vital roles they each played. It became evident that some imbalances might be contributing to my health issues. Armed with this new knowledge, I sought the expertise of a dietician. Together, we crafted a diet plan targeting the specific needs and imbalances highlighted in my report. It's been a couple of months now, and the transformation has been remarkable. My energy levels are steadier, the bloating episodes have decreased, and my mood seems more stable. While it's not a cure-all, the insights gained from this test have been invaluable in my health journey. For those wanting to delve deeper into the world of gut health, I cannot recommend it enough.
  • Naomi Fletcher
    We live in an age of abundant information, and yet, it's often challenging to discern what's right for our individual health. Digestive problems had been my companion for a while, leading me to the Small Gut Microbiome Test by GetTested. To say I was impressed would be an understatement. The detailed breakdown of bacteria types, their proportions, and the intricate roles they play in digestion was enlightening. More importantly, it highlighted areas where my gut flora was out of balance. Post-test, I've been collaborating with a nutritionist to realign my diet based on the findings. The results have been gradual but unmistakably positive. For those seeking a deeper understanding of their gut health, this test is a commendable starting point!!

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