Gut Health Tests
Examine your gut flora at home
Your digestive tract is populated by trillions of tiny living organisms – collectively, these microorganisms are called the intestinal flora or gut microbiome.
The most important co-inhabitants in your intestine are bacteria. The intestinal bacteria take on many important digestive tasks but are also involved in fighting off pathogens. They can be roughly divided into good and bad gut bacteria. In a healthy intestine, about 85 per cent of the gut flora consists of healthy bacteria. If this balance shifts, this is called dysbiosis, which can have several negative effects on health.
In addition to our gut bacteria, fungi also live in your gut. The most common are yeast fungi of the Candida genus; they are present in most people. If there is a surplus of this type of fungus, this can be an indication of dysbiosis and therefore bad gut health.
Gut health tests: get an overview
Our Gut Microbiome Test gives you a comprehensive overview of various factors that influence your gut health. These include above all intestinal bacteria and intestinal fungi as well as various inflammation values.
With the cerascreen® Gut Microbiome Test, our at-home gut health test kit, you can find out whether there is an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in your gut. You also get a breakdown of all strains and types of gut bacteria and other exciting insights into your gut flora.
This gut health test kit gives you detailed insights into the good bacteria in your gut – more specifically the individual species of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria. With the help of the lab results, you can specifically boost your gut health – for example, with probiotics and prebiotics or a suitable change in diet.
Our lab results provide you with indications of where your gut health could be causing you problems. You will receive recommendations on which steps to take to boost your gut health – and therefore your overall health!
Stool gut health test: how it works
Our gut health test kit works by collecting a stool sample – you can do this in the comfort of your own home.
In this home health test kit, you will receive two stool collection aids and a sample tube with a collection spoon. This is what you use to take a small stool sample yourself at home. The entire process of collecting your own stool sample – although perhaps at first unappealing – is quick, easy and hygienic. You also inevitably avoid the hassle of waiting around in a doctor’s surgery or booking appointments to see your doctor.
How is leaky gut syndrome linked to gut health?
In your intestine, the combination of intestinal flora, protective mechanisms and immune cells contribute to protection against various pathogens. These mechanisms are summarised as your intestinal barrier. Sometimes, this intestinal barrier becomes too permeable, and too many nutrient components, toxins and pathogens are able to pass through it. This is called leaky gut.
Leaky gut can cause your immune system to become irritated and inflamed, which can subsequently lead to symptoms such as tiredness and fatigue. A permeable intestine is also often observed in people who suffer from certain diseases – for example, coeliac disease, irritable bowel syndrome or type I diabetes.