This test provides the most comprehensive assessment available for digestive health and is the appropriate choice for patients presenting with sub-optimal gut function, but also anyone experiencing inflammatory symptoms, mood disorders or hormone imbalance. It uses forensic technology to measure:
- digestive, absorption and metabolic markers
- markers of inflammation, including a measurement of increased permeability of the gut lining or ‘leaky gut’
- immune reaction to gluten and a general marker for gut-immune function
- presence of hidden blood or mucous in the stool
- markers relating to liver detoxification of bacterial toxins
- levels of beneficial bacteria and the presence of 35 potentially harmful bacteria including Helicobacter pylori, which can cause stomach ulcers
- presence of yeast, including Candida, Geotrichum and Rhodotorula species
- parasitic or worm infection – checking for 14 different species
How to complete the Complete Microbiome Stool Test
Please read through test kit instructions carefully.
If you have taken antibiotics or anti-fungal medication, you must wait a full 2 weeks before testing. Avoid taking probiotic supplements for 1 week and avoid fermented or probiotic foods. 3 days before testing, avoid any over the counter anti-inflammatory medication such as aspirin or ibuprofen, as well as laxatives, digestive enzymes, detox/liver herbs and minerals, amino acids or any other gut-associated supplements.
2 days before testing eat as varied a diet as possible. Make sure you include a variety of protein (e.g. fish, meat or eggs), fats (e.g. salmon, avocado, coconut or olive oil), carbohydrate (e.g. quinoa or rice); and both raw & cooked vegetables over the weekend, prior to completing the sample. You will also need to include gluten in your diet, in order to assess for any immune reaction.
Day of testing. Complete the stool sample any time on a Sunday or Monday. Use the spatulas in the lids of the two pots to collect samples from different parts of your stool, picking up traces of any blood, mucous or undigested food, if present. Do not discard the fluid in the taller pot and add a small amount of stool, until the fluid reaches the ‘fill line’ indicated on the side. The smaller pot with white lid does not contain any fluid and should be filled 1/2 to 2/3 full. Label both the collection tubes and keep the two samples in the fridge (not freezer), inside the padded white envelope, until ready to be couriered. Courier collection must be on a Monday or Tuesday.
You will need to contact NZ Couriers to arrange for a pickup. It is best to contact them 24 hours in advance to book it. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with details of your name, phone number, pick up address and location of package e.g. if leaving package in a chilly bin by the front door, you need to specify this, so the courier knows your sample is inside. This is a dedicated email address, so they know the package contains time sensitive samples and it should be treated as a priority collection.
You can also drop the sample at your nearest NZ Couriers depot. Please note that Post Shops will not accept NZ Couriers packages.
Please ensure that you enclose the test request form along with your samples, having completed your details and if not already completed, adding in details for Amanda Nutrition.