What's the difference between the three stool tests?

Our three stool tests—our Gut Health Tests—differ in the level of analysis they offer.

We have three Gut Health Tests which offer three different levels of analysis: The Essential, The Advanced, and The Ultimate.

Included in every Gut Health Test

All our Gut Health Tests look at a range of over 70 bacteria and yeasts, as well as the overall health of your gut.

With every Healthpath Gut Health Test, you'll also get a bespoke protocol created by one of our Registered Nutritional Therapists or Functional Medicine Practitioners, based on your results and designed to tackle your symptoms.

In your protocol will be an inital plan for you to follow for around 6 to 8 weeks, including dietary advice, a supplement schedule and tips on how to tweak your lifestyle. We'll also provide a follow-on food plan to help you get to a healthy diet for the longer-term. 

Each stool test is designed for a different level of analysis of your gut health, but all of them include a full microbiome analysis, yeasts (candidas) and pathogenic bacteria. 

The more advanced tests include absorption markers (how well you're digesting your food) and zonulin (a marker for leaky gut). 

The Essential Gut Health Test

The Essential Gut Health Test covers the basics: the types and levels of bacteria and other microbes (including an extensive range of candidas and potentially pathogenic bacteria) in your gut.

It also analyses:

  • Stool consistency
  • pH levels
  • Diversity of your microbiome (one of the most reliable measures of overall microbiome health)
  • Enterotype (your diet and lifestyle as revealed by your microbiome)
  • Dysbiosis index (how your microbial population compares to the healthy ideal)

The Advanced Gut Health Test

The Advanced Gut Health Test does everything The Essential Gut Health Test does, plus it looks for parasites. So this is a great option to understand if a parasitic infection could be the root cause of your symptoms. 

It also has advanced gut health biomarkers that reflect your digestive function, immune system activity, inflammation levels, and assesses how well you're absorbing your nutrients, as well as your stool transit time. 

The Ultimate Gut Health Test

Our most comprehensive test, The Ultimate Gut Health Test includes everything in our Advanced Gut Health Test, plus zonulin (a marker for leaky gut). 

Finding out if you have a leaky gut is helpful for people who suffer from autoimmune conditions, digestive conditions and multiple food sensitivities. 

There’s robust evidence that some people have guts that are more permeable than they should be.

Increased intestinal permeability has been linked to a number of health conditions:

  • Acne
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Bloating
  • Brain fog
  • Chronic diarrhoea
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Chronic stress
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Food sensitivities
  • Headaches
  • High alcohol intake
  • Inflammation
  • Joint pain
  • Liver disease
  • Low fibre diet
  • Mood imbalances
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Poor immunity
  • Psoriasis
  • Type 2 diabetes

Which test is right for you?

If you have mild or occasional IBS symptoms, or you're curious about your gut health, the Essential Gut Health Test has the right level of analysis for you.

If your gut issues are long-standing, and more difficult to deal with, we recommend the Advanced Gut Health Test.

If you think you could have been exposed to parasites (through travel or contaminated food) then the Advanced or Ultimate—and the comprehensive analysis they offer—is probably the better choice.

If you're wondering if Leaky Gut is at play, or you're suffering with long-term IBS symptoms that don't seem to shift, The Ultimate Gut Health Test is a great option. It gives you a fully comprehensive window into your gut health, with all the information you need to tackle poor digestion and other chronic symptoms. 

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