There are new tests being developed all of the time.
One of the recent was Map My Gut which has been developed by Professor Tim Spector and his team. This test has now been withdrawn although there are many other tests that can be helpful
Diane Stephenson was proud to be one of the first accredited practioners working with this test.
Bacteria are all around us and bacterial cells outnumber human cells. The widest variety are found in the gut, mostly in the large intestine. Some are associated with good health, and some are known to be linked to certain diseases. At Map My Gut they assess the diversity of your gut ecosystem using the latest sequencing technology. This means identifying the majority of microbes that inhabit your gastrointestinal system by means of “matching” pieces of bacterial DNA. Armed with this powerful information, they go on to create a thorough report that “maps” (hence the name) the microbes found living inside you. Following the analysis the team of microbiome experts will assess the results and identify how the different groups of microbes associate to health and diet. The analysis is further enhanced by adding a personalised analysis of your results. Map My Gut only provides this analytical service through accredited health professionals who can guide you through the report and provide personalised dietary and lifestyle recommendations.
The benefits of Map My Gut 16 S testing include:
- Gut microbiome analysis allows me to help you to make better choices about your diet and lifestyle to improve and maintain good health.
- Has educational benefits helping you to understand how gut microbes influence your health and how you can support them by adapting your diet and lifestyle
- Enables you to assess how their gut microbiome responds to changes in lifestyle, diet and medication but is not a clinical diagnosis.
- Helps provide increased motivation to stick to our agreed diet and lifestyle plan based on your own microbial makeup and information on how to improve it
Who would benefit most?
- People who are healthy but want to know more about the status of their gut microbiome
- People who are healthy and would like to improve energy and performance
- People suffering from common conditions such as IBS or food intolerance, that are considering changing their diets
- People with a history of long term antibiotic use who want to reverse the effects on their microbiome
- People who have difficulties controlling their weight