Functional Diagnostic Assessments

GI Map® Test

The GI-MAP tests for amounts of good and bad bacteria, H. Pylori, Candida, and other parasites in a stool sample, and in addition, measures leakage due to leaky gut syndrome. It is an improvement on previously standard techniques which relied on culturing a bacteria sample, as unlike a culture, GI-MAP is able to detect species of bacteria which cannot grow under normal conditions

What Is GI-MAP Testing
And What Can It Do For Me?

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

The test can spot problems in a patient’s gut flora. For example, certain organisms which are common in healthy individuals, such as Candida, can cause health problems if they are in excess. This is a condition known as dysbiosis. Candida in particular can cause many chronic issues, such as fatigue, lethargy, rashes, joint pains, constipation, and diarrhea, among others.

Some conditions that warrant testing are:

  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Digestive complaints, diarrhea or constipation
  • Brain fog
  • Skin problems, like acne and psoriasis
  • Mood disorders, depression, and anxiety
  • Diabetes and weight loss issues

The GI Map Thoroughly
Tests Your Gut Microbes

Your stool sample is tested for the presence and levels of:

  • The common beneficial friendly gut bacteria.
  • Commensal bacteria – these are neither friendly nor unfriendly, they are fine when present in small amounts and problematic if overgrown.
  • Pathogenic bacteria that cause inflammation.
  • Bacteria associated with autoimmune disease.
  • Worms
  • Parasites – these are microscopic and more common than you may think.
  • H Pylori bacteria
  • Epstein-Barr virus
  • Yeast and fungal organisms such as Candida.
  • Leaky gut
  • Gluten sensitivity
  • Inflammation

Interpretation and Treatment

Once results are received, a thorough explanation of symptoms is reviewed and is also provided to you. From the interpretation we can assess the level of inflammation, the diet modifications required and treatment options which can include supplementation, herbs, botanical and homeopathic remedies. Follow ups and ongoing support is provided for treatment success.

The Five “R” Treatment Protocol

A thorough analysis of the results will provide the appropriate intervention. As a framework, the 5 R approach addresses offending pathogens and helps to restore balance to the GI tract.


Using a course of antimicrobial, antiviral, antifungal or anti parasitic therapies, in cases where these organisms are present. It may also be necessary to remove offending foods, gluten or medication that may be acting as antagonists.


In cases of maldigestion or malabsorption, it may be necessary to restore proper digestion by supplementing with digestive enzymes.


Recolonization with healthy, beneficial bacteria. Possible supplementation with the use of prebiotics helps re-establish the proper microbial balance.


Restore the integrity of the gut mucosa by giving support to healthy mucosal cells as well as immune support.


This is entirely dependent on habitual lifestyle choices – good sleep, moderate exercise, continued good nutritional choices, and having a daily stress management habit are all keys towards maintaining good gut health.  In particular, stress management is often forgotten, but the cortisol that is released during persistent stress causes the gut lining to be “thin” and susceptible to damage.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is GI-MAP testing?

GI-MAP (Gastrointestinal Microbial Assay Plus) testing is a comprehensive stool analysis that provides detailed information about the microbiome of the gastrointestinal tract. It evaluates the presence of bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses, as well as markers of gastrointestinal health and inflammation.

2. How is GI-MAP testing performed?

GI-MAP testing is performed using a stool sample collected by the individual at home or in a healthcare provider’s office. The sample is then sent to a laboratory for analysis. The test typically assesses various markers, including microbial DNA, inflammatory markers, immune response markers, and markers of gastrointestinal function.

3. What can GI-MAP testing help identify?

GI-MAP testing can help identify imbalances in the gut microbiome, as well as the presence of pathogenic microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses. It may also provide insights into digestive function, inflammation, and immune system activity in the gastrointestinal tract.

4. What are the common reasons for undergoing GI-MAP testing?

Common reasons for undergoing GI-MAP testing include digestive symptoms such as bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, and indigestion. It may also be used to investigate chronic health issues such as autoimmune diseases, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), food sensitivities, and chronic fatigue syndrome.

5. How does GI-MAP testing differ from other stool tests?

GI-MAP testing differs from other stool tests in its comprehensive approach to assessing the gut microbiome and gastrointestinal health. It uses advanced molecular techniques to detect microbial DNA, providing detailed information about the presence of bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses, as well as markers of inflammation and immune response.

6. Is GI-MAP testing accurate?

GI-MAP testing is considered highly accurate and reliable for assessing the gut microbiome and identifying pathogenic microorganisms. The test uses state-of-the-art technology to detect microbial DNA with precision, providing valuable insights into gastrointestinal health and function.

7. How are results from GI-MAP testing interpreted?

Results from GI-MAP testing are interpreted based on the presence and abundance of microorganisms, as well as markers of inflammation, immune response, and gastrointestinal function. Interpretation of results should be done in conjunction with clinical symptoms, medical history, and other diagnostic tests to guide treatment decisions.

8. Can GI-MAP testing help guide treatment decisions?

Yes, GI-MAP testing can help guide treatment decisions by identifying imbalances in the gut microbiome and the presence of pathogenic microorganisms that may be contributing to gastrointestinal symptoms or chronic health issues. Treatment typically involves dietary modifications, targeted antimicrobial therapy, probiotics, and lifestyle changes aimed at restoring gut health.

9. Is GI-MAP testing covered by insurance?

Coverage for GI-MAP testing may vary depending on the individual’s insurance plan and the specific testing method used. Some insurance plans may cover GI-MAP testing when deemed medically necessary by a healthcare provider, while others may consider it an elective or investigational procedure. It’s advisable to check with your insurance provider to determine coverage and any out-of-pocket costs associated with GI-MAP testing.

10. How do I order GI-MAP testing?

GI-MAP testing can be ordered through healthcare providers such as functional medicine practitioners, gastroenterologists, or naturopathic doctors. The test kits are typically provided by testing laboratories and may be ordered directly by the healthcare provider or through the laboratory’s website. Once the test is ordered, the individual will receive instructions for collecting and submitting a stool sample for analysis.