Stool Tests: How To Test Yourself For Gut Parasites, Bacteria, and Viruses
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What will my stool test results include?
If you get the GI-MAP stool test, the test that I recommend, you'll find out if you have:
Why do I want to get a stool test?
How do I use my stool test results to improve my health?
GI-MAP has created a guide to help you interpret your results and figure out what to do based on your unique results.
I have also included some tips that can help you deal with bacteria, parasites, and fungi.
What to do if your stool test shows any gut health issues?
When bad gut bugs take up residence in your gut, the don't often go without a fight. It's often because they have a protective home, or biofilm, to hide in. Taking biofilm disrupting supplements can start to lodge them lose. The biofilm disrupters include:
Combined with the techniques in the next section, you can start to improve your gut health.
What to do if your stool test shows problematic bacteria?
Consuming probiotic foods is probably the best thing you can do to rebalance bacteria in your gut. If you prefer probiotic pills, try to get pills with at least 10 billion colony forming units (CFUs). I also suggest you get the probiotic Saccharomyces boulardii, which has been shown to combat digestive issues.
To add probiotic foods to your diet successfully, try the sauerkraut protocol:
What to do if your stool test shows parasites?
Just as probiotics crowd out bad bacteria, anti-parasitic foods push out parasites. A great, and cheap, way to find out if you have parasites is with the papaya test.
Here's how to do the papaya test:
What to do if your stool test shows candida?
Just as papaya seeds kill parasites, anti-fungal foods kill gut fungi like candida. A great, and cheap, way to find out if you have problems with gut fungi is with the coconut oil test.
Here's how to do the coconut oil test:
What to do if you're not seeing improvement
There are now many health coaches and naturopathic healers that have expertise in gut health. These folks can direct you in resolving your unique health heath issues.
About Dr. Tchiki Davis
Dr. Davis is the founder of The Berkeley Well-Being Institute. After getting her PhD in psychology at UC Berkeley, she started building online courses, apps, and products to boost well-being—products that have reached more than a million people. Now an author at Psychology Today, The Greater Good Science Center, and Shine Text, Dr. Davis's expertise on how to boost well-being reaches people all across the world.