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The GI Map Test

The Missing Link to Improving your Gut Health 

What is a GI Map Test?

The GI Map is a functional stool test that allows you to see exactly what’s going on in your gut microbiome and understand how your digestive system is functioning.

 

Gastrointestinal symptoms like bloating, gas, irregular bowel movements and abdominal pain are the #1 reason why people visit their doctor yet so many people are left with little to no answers as to what’s causing their symptoms. Unlike a traditional stool test run by your doctor, the GI Map takes a much deeper look into what's really going on in your gut.

The test looks at a number of different bacteria, parasites, yeast, pathogens, and even assesses digestive functions to uncover the root cause of your symptoms and get you on the right path to healing your gut.

GI Map Test

What a GI Map can tell you about your gut

The GI Map looks at the organisms that live in your large intestine and provides insight into a number of different bacteria, parasites, yeast, pathogens, and key digestive functions.

 

The test looks at:

 

  • Bacterial, parasitic and viral pathogens 

  • Helicodacter Pylori (H Pylori) & virulence factors 

  • Commensal/keystone bacteria (good gut bacteria)

  • Opportunistic/Overgrowth microbes (overgrowth of ‘bad’ bacteria)

  • Fungi/yeast (candida)

  • Parasites/worms 

  • Intestinal health markers 

    • Bile & enzyme production 

    • Drainage pathways 

    • Guts immune response (uncover if gluten is triggering inflammation in the gut)

    • Zonulin - intestinal permeability (leaky gut)

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Toronto nutrition Maryanne Wayland

How The GI Map Can Help Heal Your Gut

If you’ve spent hours googling your symptoms, taken random supplements or worked with a health professional to resolve your symptoms but are still struggling with unwanted gut issues, the GI Map can help you uncover the answers you’ve been looking for.

 

If you experience:

  • Chronic bloating 

  • Irregular bowel movements (diarrhea/constipation)

  • Abdominal pain/cramping

  • Acid reflux/heartburn 

  • Brain fog 

  • Fatigue 

 

The GI Map test is a crucial step that could be the missing link to healing your gut for good! The GI Map Interpretation Package  can help find the answers behind your gut issues and help you heal your gut once and for all.

GI Map Deep Dive

The GI Map is a snapshot of your gut microbiome and provides answers to what's causing your symptoms, that's why I use it with each and every one of my clients on their gut healing journey. In this deep dive I break down each section of the test and go over exactly what the GI Map looks for. If you want more information on this topic make sure to check out the video at the end of the page where I go over my own GI Map results.

Helicobacter Pylori (H Pylori)

H Pylori is a pathogen that lives in the stomach. It wears down your stomach lining and neutralizes stomach acid production causing symptoms of heartburn/reflux, cramping in the upper right/middle abdomen, nausea, increased belching (especially after meals) and bloating. 

 

Over 50% of people have h pylori and although many carries can be asymptomatic it still has a major impact on digestive functions. 

The GI Map test also looks at H Pylorinvirulence factors that give insight into the probability of it leading to other more serious gastric conditions that the standard stool test from your doctor won't detect. 

GI Map Test H Pylori
GI Map test beneficial bacteria levels

Commensal/Keystone Bacteria

The good bacteria in your gut that play an important role in supporting digestive functions and overall health. They help extract nutrients from food, maintain a strong and healthy gut barrier, produce vitamins and protect your gut from unwanted invaders.

 

Having too much or not enough of these bacteria can cause imbalances in the gut microbiome and lead to a number of digestive symptoms.

 

Low levels of keystone bacteria weakens your immune system and opens the door for things like viruses, bacteria and pathogens to enter your system and wreak havoc on your gut. This can often lead to an overgrowth of opportunistic bacteria, candida or parasites (which I will go into more detail about later on). 

 

When keystone bacteria are high this a form of dysbiosis as well and is often paired with an overgrowth of opportunistic (bad) bacteria. 

Opportunistic Bacteria

'Bad’ bacteria are an important part of having a healthy gut microbiome but issues like increased inflammation (bloating), diarrhea, constipation, gas and abdominal pain can arise when they start to overgrow. 

 

The GI Map looks at 11 different types of bacteria so you know exactly what strains are overgrown and how they can contribute to your symptoms. 

 

Opportunistic bacteria can flourish for a number of different reasons like poor diet, overuse of antibiotics or NSAIDs, parasitic infections, or a weakened immune system. It’s important to uncover the reason why the bacteria is overgrown and address the root cause to prevent future infections from happening again.

GI Map test opportunistic bacteria levels
GI Map test candida

Candida

Candida is a yeast-like fungi that is naturally present throughout the body and although harmless it can cause issues when it starts to overgrow.

Symptoms may include bloating (especially in the lower abdominal area), skin irritations such as unexplained rashes, acne, eczema, frequent UTI’s, intense sugar cravings, brain fog and fatigue.

The most accurate way to determine if there is candida overgrowth in the gut is by running a stool test. The GI Map test looks at 3 forms of candida as well as 3 other yeast/fungi species.

Parasites

You may have suspected a parasite at one point in time and maybe even done a parasite cleanse to help resolbve your symptoms. Surprisingly parasites aren’t as common as you’re led to believe. A lot of practitioners and supplement companies have built their business around people believing that everyone has a parasite and that's simply not true. The only way to truly know if you do in fact have a parasite is through stool testing. 

 

You can order a parasite test from your doctor but this is only going to look at the most common parasite infections, whereas the GI Map test looks at 12 different parasite infections including parasitic pathogens, protozoa & worms.

GI Map test parasites
GI Map test intestinal health markers, leaky gut

Intestinal Health Markers

The GI Map not only looks at bacteria levels and unwanted invaders in the gut, but it also looks at how well your digestive system is functioning.

Some key markers that it looks at include:

 

  • Steatocrit - assesses gallbladder function. Having high amounts of steatocrit can indicate poor bile flow/production. 

  • Elastase - assesses pancreatic function. Low levels indicate that the pancreas isn’t producing enough enzymes needed to break down and digest the foods you eat.

  • B-Glucuronidase - looks detoxification processes and can indicate excess estrogen in the body. 

  • Anti-gliadin - looks at the body's immune response to gluten.

  • Zonulin - assesses intestinal permeability and health also known as leaky gut.

Want to learn more? In this video I walk you through  my own GI Map test results and go over the symptoms I was experiencing so you can see how the GI Map test was able to show me exactly what was going on in my gut. 

GI Map Video

Get the Answers Behind Your Gut Issues

Getting started with the GI Map test couldn't be easier! The test is sent straight to your door for you to complete and the results are processed in as little as 10 business days. Just think, you could have answers to all your burning gut health questions in as little as 2 weeks!

The GI Map Interpretation Package is the perfect place to start on your gut healing journey. It includes a GI Map test, in-depth interpretation video of your results and a customized 4-week mini protocol to get you on the right path to healing your gut for good!

 

If you're ready to get to the bottom of your symptoms and completely transform your gut health, the 1:1 Intensive Coaching Program was designed for you. Uncover answers to your symptoms, get personalized protocols and 4-months of 1:1 support to help you reach your health goals.

Toronto nutritionist Maryanne Wayland
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