Gut Microbiome Sequencing Tests
BiomeFX* is a new metagenomic sequencing microbiome test on the market from Microbiome Labs, well-known for their evidence-based supplements, including Megasporebiotic. I discussed BiomeFX on episode 55 of my podcast. BiomeFX centers around not only the presence of pathogens, but also diversity, richness, keystone species, and metabolic functions of the gut microbiome. Through these insights, BiomeFx offers actionable nutrition, lifestyle, and supplement recommendations to more favorably support the ecology of your microbiome. You won’t be able to access your raw data, but will be alerted to high levels of pathogens. You can get 20% off using my affiliate link above (as well as 20% off any of the Microbiome Labs products).
You can order your own micro/mycobiome sequencing test (using 16s DNA technology, an earlier technology than metagenomics) through my affiliate account at BIOHM* (see link from Shop Menu, Gut Testing). Get 40% off with code: “HDH”. They sequence your gut bacteria, archaea and fungi (including candida), report on the quantities of known phyla of gut bugs and their comparison to the norm, give you a gut health score, and recommend diet changes and supplements to help bring your gut into balance. This is the least expensive type test I am aware of that will help you determine if you have candida overgrowth, although it is much less accurate than the Organic Acids Test (see below) for this purpose.
Another metagenomic sequencing test is offered by Sun Genomics. It’s called the Flore Gut Test Kit and they also offer the possibility of custom probiotics (not endorsing that, just sharing the info). This technology sequences all the parasites, bacteria, fungi, archaea and viruses in your gut, however they do not share their raw data with you and will not report on anything that composes less than .01% of your microbiome.
Another metagenomic testing company is Thorne* (formerly called Onegevity GutBio). They also sequence all the parasites, bacteria, fungi, archaea and viruses in your gut and identify any pathogens, letting you know with a call from a practitioner if you have any pathogens of serious concern. They also offer your raw data to you; give you scores on how your gut microbiome impacts inflammation, constipation and diarrhea; compare your diversity, phylla, keystone taxa and community to the norm; show you how your gut bacteria are at providing certain micronutrients (B12, B6 and B3) and short chain fatty acids; and give you individualized recommendations on supplements and diet.
Diagnostic Stool and Urine Tests
The GI Map from Diagnostic Solutions is a diagnostic stool test that uses PCR technology to identify specific pathogens, including parasites, pathogenic or overgrown bacteria (including H. Pylori) and viruses. Additionally, it has many markers of gut health and digestive organ function and inflammation. I use this test with clients with serious gut issues. It can be ordered through my affiliate account at YourLabwork.com*.
Another common functional gut and health test that I often use with clients is called the Organic Acids Test, which shows bacterial and fungal overgrowth, clostridia bacteria overgrowth, neurotransmitter imbalances, Krebs cycle functioning, digestion of protein, fatty acids and carbohydrates, and much more. You can order it yourself from Mymedlab.
Blood and Functional Medicine Gut Tests
You can order low cost lab work (blood tests) for yourself through my affiliate accounts at Ulta Lab Tests*
or Yourlabwork.com* (I will receive an affiliate commission). If the test requires a blood draw, you can schedule it at a lab near you and will have to pay an additional fee for the blood draw.
Functional medicine tests for SIBO, complete stool analysis, lactose intolerance and intestinal permeability (i.e., leaky gut) are also available from YourLabwork.com* (use this link not the one above).
You can order your own Genova tests from DirectLabs, including their version of the Organic Acids Test: Organix, and the ION Profile with 40 Amino Acids, which use with clients with more complex conditions like ME/CFS and autoimmunity. If you go through me, I can give you my practitioner discount on those tests.
Please note: I am not a medical doctor and I cannot receive lab results from the lab, read or interpret labs, or diagnose or treat any medical condition. What I can do is share with you optimal functional ranges for your labs, guide you to resources to help you understand your labs, share with you food, lifestyle and supplements you may want to consider based on your lab results or share anything I see that raises potential concerns or red flags that you may want to investigate further or discuss with your doctor.
*These tests are part of affiliate accounts. I will receive a commission if you order from these links. Thank you for your support of my podcast and blog by using them.