If you'd like to know which strains of bacteria or types of parasites or yeasts that our tests detect, take a look at our Biomarkers pdf.
Each of our Gut Health Tests analyse different strains of bacteria, parasites or yeasts.
If you're interested in understanding more, take a look at our Biomarkers pdf.
There are many different 'levels' of bacterial families. Bacteria have the same kind of relationships to each other as animals do. For example, we are mammals. We are a specific type of mammal: a primate. And we are a specific type of primate: a human.
In the world of bacteria, lactobacillus is a type of bacteria: in the 'phylum' firmicutes. Firmicutes are in a 'class' called bacilli, in the 'order' lactobacillales. Its bacterial family is known as lactobacillaceae, and the genus is lactobacillus. Lactobacillus acidophilus is a specific type—a species—of lactobacillus. There are even specific types of lactobacillus acidophilus.
So you can see that there are many levels we can look at when it comes to the bacteria in your gut.
While a few labs exist that can drill right down to find the most specific types of bacteria, these are highly specialised research labs that don't work with the general public.
Rather than focusing on individual species, it’s more important to investigate the levels of your different types of bacteria and how they interact.
We've written a blog post that explains how the different families of microbes in your gut need to work together, in a balanced ecosystem, for good gut health.
Looking at imbalances in the levels of those bacterial families, as well as your levels of yeasts, parasites and other intestinal health biomarkers, gives you better insight into what could be contributing to your symptoms than assessing numbers of a particular strain of bacteria.
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