Stool Tests: How to Test Your Stool and Fix Your Gut Health
Identify potential causes of digestive issues such as constipation, diarrhea, upset stomach, nausea, and more. Here's everything a stool test can tell you.
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What does getting a stool test involve?
These days you can get a stool test sent to you at home, complete it at your leisure, and mail it out to the laboratory for analysis. The stool test instructions will show you how to collect and ship the stool sample correctly.
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 might you 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. So first try a parasite cleanse. In addition, 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.
Here's a video on how to submit your stool sample for testing
Here's some more info on why the GI-MAP stool test is so useful
Here's a video explaining a bit more about how to review your stool test report
How the GI-MAP helped one person improve her digestive health
About Dr. Tchiki Davis
Dr. Davis is founder of The Berkeley Well-Being Institute. After getting her PhD in psychology at Berkeley, she started creating online content & programs to boost well-being—some of these have reached more than a million people. As author of Outsmart Your Smartphone, and contributor to Psychology Today, The Greater Good Science Center, and Shine Text, Dr. Davis aims to share her insights on happiness & health with people all across the world. Learn more about Dr. Davis.