What is the gut microbiota test?

Interest in the intestinal microbiota has been growing steadily over the past ten years.

Scientific studies carried out around the world reveal that we live in symbiosis with the microorganisms that make up our microbiome.

This lasting and reciprocal biological relationship between the microbiota and our organism is, to the benefit of both parties and, plays an important role in maintaining our digestive, metabolic and neurological functions.

Under certain conditions an imbalance in the composition of the microbiota can be observed, i.e. a too big or small proportion of bacteria compared to normal. We then speak of dysbiosis.
It seems that this disruption in the balance of intestinal microbiota may be involved in depression, obesity and, chronic inflammatory diseases, etc.

Keeping the intestinal microbiota in balance is therefore essential for :

  • Ensuring that its functions are properly performed
  • Limiting its involvement in metabolic, digestive or other pathologies

To do this it is necessary to know its composition, otherwise it’s not possible to highlight possible imbalances or identify the potential presence of pathogens.

With this in mind, we can perform an “intestinal microbiota” assessment, which allows you to map your intestinal microbiota.

What can we expect from the results of the intestinal microbiota test?

The gut microbiota mapping test enables:

  • The identification of the bacteria that make up your microbiota and its distribution;
  • The detection of the presence of pathogenic bacteria* in your microbiota if necessary;
  • The observation of dysbiosis.

Once the dysbiosis has been characterised and identified, it is possible to rebalance the microbiota by modifying your diet or taking probiotics, thus improving your condition.

*Not all bacteria pathogenic to humans can be identified by this test.

Who is the intestinal microbiota test for?

This test is intended for people who are:

  • Simply curious;
  • Suffering from pathologies (diabetes, obesity, depression, irritable bowel syndrome, etc.);
  • Following a specific and selective diet that may alter the microbiota;
  • On medicinal treatment (antibiotics, chemotherapy, etc.).

How is the gut microbiota mapping test performed?

The analysis of the intestinal microbiota is done on a stool sample, because studies have shown that the composition of microorganisms in our stool is comparable to that of our colon.

Carrying out the analysis of your intestinal microbiota couldn’t be simpler: just order your “Juvenalis intestinal microbiota” report.

We will then send you, free of charge, a self-sampling kit containing :

  • Everything you need to collect your sample;
  • Important documents for the interpretation of your results;
  • A stamped, addressed envelope to return your sample to us.

You will then receive your results from your laboratory within 4 to 6 weeks.

However, if you prefer to go to a phlebotomy or medical laboratory to carry out our analysis, rather than taking your own stool sample, you can find a laboratory near you that works with us here.

However, we advise you to contact them beforehand to organise sample collection.

More information about intestinal microbiota

The intestinal microbiota plays an important part in the physiology of our bodies and has various, different roles:

Nutritional and metabolic role:

  • Breaks down dietary fibre
  • Participates in the production of some vitamins

Barrier role:

  • Establishes and maintains the intestinal barrier
  • Limits the proliferation of pathogenic bacteria

Role in immunity:

  • Participates in the establishment and maturation of the immune system

Immune system: 

  • Production of anti-inflammatory molecules

The report provided at the end of the test details the relative abundance of organisms of proven biomedical interest by comparing the values measured in the patient with those of a population of 100 asymptomatic controls. It details the different phylas and enterotypes, evaluates biodiversity and points out notable imbalances.

A microbiota expert synthesizes the profile and takes into account the patient’s clinical information to establish a global interpretation of the data.

Based on a stool sample, the iBiote® test allows you to map your patient’s intestinal microbiota, define its eubiotic or dysbiotic state and identify possible dysfunctions.

It is intended for both men and women, without age limit. In children, it is not recommended to perform it before the age of 3, when the microbiota stabilizes towards an adult profile.

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