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, yeasts and parasites 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 a plan for you to follow for around 6-8 weeks, including dietary advice, a supplement schedule and tips on how to tweak your lifestyle.

Each stool test is designed for a different level of analysis of your gut health, but all of them include a microbiome analysis and a whole host of markers that look at everything from your digestive capability to your inflammation levels.

The more advanced tests include worms and leaky gut as extras.

The Essential Gut Health Test

The Essential Gut Health Test covers the basics: the types and levels of bacteria and other microbes (including candida, moulds, parasites and H. Pylori) in your gut.

It also analyses:

  • Stool consistency
  • pH levels
  • Diversity of your microbiome (this is 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)
Advanced gut health biomarkers that reflect your digestive function, immune system activity and inflammation levels.

The Advanced Gut Health Test

The Advanced Gut Health Test does everything The Essential Gut Health Test does, and tests for leaky gut too.

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

The Ultimate Gut Health Test

Our most comprehensive test, The Ultimate Gut Health Test includes the basics of the Essential Gut Health Test, plus a leaky gut test and a comprehensive test for worms (helminths).

Testing for worms is useful if you have the following symptoms:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhoea, nausea, or vomiting
  • Gas or bloating
  • Fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Abdominal pain or tenderness

Which test is right for you?

If you have mild or occasional IBS symptoms, 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 need a fully comprehensive window into your gut health, and/or you're suffering with long-term IBS symptoms that don't seem to shift, The Ultimate Gut Health Test gives you all the information you need to tackle poor digestion and other chronic symptoms.

The Ultimate looks at helminths (worms) in more detail than the Advanced.

It includes biomarkers for different types of tapeworms, roundworms, pinworms, hookworms and others that can be picked up from contaminated food and water. Both tests look at more common parasites.

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

Need help to decide on a test?

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