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Gastrointestinal (GI) Health Panels are non-invasive screens of the GI system and its function. They include 15-22 individual, yet related tests. Stool and saliva samples are submitted after convenient at-home collection. The GI Health Panels combine pathogen testing, inflammatory markers and other lab measures of possible disease or dysfunction for a comprehensive evaluation of GI health.

The GI panel screens for:

  • Bacteria - to look for infectious organism (including H. pylori) and to help evaluate balance of "good and bad" bacteria in the gut
  • Fungi and yeast - to identify overgrowth of yeast (including Candida) and fungi that may be associated with GI symptoms
  • Parasites - with both microscopic evaluation of samples and identification of immune markers of infection
  • Antibodies to gluten - to evaluate potential benefit of gluten-free diet
  • Digestive function markers
  • Markers of intestinal inflammation
  • Fecal occult blood - To look for GI bleeding
  • Total sIgA - to evaluate function of immune barrier in the GI tract
  • Antibodies to dairy, soy and egg proteins - to evaluate potential benefit from removing dairy, soy and/or eggs from your diet
  • Immune markers of infection from four additional parasites

GI Health Panels may be helpful for determining the underlying cause of:

  • Chronic or vague abdominal pain or discomfort
  • Gas or bloating
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea or loose stools
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Heartburn or GERD