What is GI MAP ?

The GI-MAP (Microbial Assay Plus) is unique in the field of comprehensive stool testing. It relies exclusively on quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) technology to detect parasites, bacteria, fungi, and more, by targeting the specific DNA of the organisms tested. In short, this is a comprehensive stool test that checks your entire gut microbiome. Meaning, it shows us all the levels of beneficial bacteria, as well as any possible levels of bad, opportunistic bacterial overgrowths. It also shows us inflammatory markers, how you are absorbing nutrients, risk factors for autoimmune, and the presence of intestinal permeability (leaky gut syndrome). The comprehensiveness of this test is why it is considered the gold standard testing in functional medicine.

Why is doing a GI MAP Beneficial?

Research overwhelmingly indicates that gut health impacts overall health. The gut microbiome, in particular, plays a critical role in mediating the effects of diet and other factors on health, including digestive, immune, metabolic and neuroendocrine functions. Assessing GI health with the proper tools can help practitioners get to the root cause of chronic illness.
We are also seeing an increased correlation between hormone imbalances, and weight loss resistance connecting back to imbalances in the gut microbiome. We are proud to say that our clinic has already helped hundreds of individuals not only improve their overall health and balance their hormones, but also reach their physique goals.

Who should have a GI MAP test done?

Almost every patient can benefit from a GI-MAP gut health assessment. Some patients are looking to achieve optimal health and performance, while other patients have been chronically ill and frustrated without a diagnosis for years.

Some conditions that warrant Testing are

  • Autoimmune diseases
  • IBS/IBD.
  • Digestive complaints, diarrhea, or constipation 
  • Brain fog 
  • Skin problems (like acne, eczema & psoriasis)

  • Mood disorders, depression, & anxiety
  • Diabetes & high cholesterol
  • Hormone imbalances
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Weight loss resistance

What is the process?

The GI MAP test is a take home stool test. So once you order the kit from us, it should ship to your home within 1 week. Once you have received your test kit, just follow the instructions and collect your sample. Once collected and packaged back up, you can ship your sample back off to the designated lab provided with the kit. Results should return to Ryze HRT within 2-2.5 weeks and from there we will share the results with you. We do offer an option to review your results with one of our functional specialists, for a small fee,  if you so desire. Included in that consultation, the specialist will review and interpret your results with you and lay out your potential options to get everything addressed.