Information About Your GI Map Test Order
Now that you have placed your order here is a list of the next steps as well as links to the instructions for doing the GI Map test, and frequently asked questions.
Instructions For GI Map Test
- 1You should have received an email confirmation once you have placed your order, if not check junk mail (we will need to be in your safe senders list to send you updates and the results).
- 2Once the test kit has been shipped you will be updated with the tracking number, generally the test kit will arrive in 2-5 days depending on where you live.
- 3Once you receive your test kit read the instructions carefully and if you have any questions after reading the instructions email firstname.lastname@example.org
- 4Check that your personal information on the request form is correct.
- 5Label specimen container with name, date of birth, plus the time and date of collection (download checklist below)
- 6Once you send in your sample to the lab the results will generally take around 3 weeks
- 7When the results are ready we will email you a pdf copy, and if you chose the consultation option you will be sent a link to schedule your consultation.
Video Of What Is Included With The GI Map Test
(these instructions will be a little bit different in Australia as you won't get the FedEx pack as the samples are sent to Designs for Health in Sydney and they send the samples to the lab via FedEx
GI Map Test FAQ's
It is not essential to stop vitamins and minerals before doing the test. Also it is not essential to stop probiotics, digestive enzymes or anti-microbial herbs but remember these supplements may influence your test results - so to get a baseline of your where you are at I recommend stopping these supplements for 4-7 days before testing.
Antibiotics will influence your test results, I recommend waiting 2 weeks after antibiotics before doing the GI Map test to allow the microbiome to normalize after testing. If you have taken antibiotics specifically for a Helicobacter pylori infection I recommend waiting 4 weeks before testing.
I would continue to eat your normal diet. The GI Map test assesses the gliadin IgA marker for an immune response against gluten so if you normally eat gluten or occasionally eat gluten I would make sure you eat some in the days leading up to the test.
However if you already know that gluten is a problem for you continue to avoid.
Yes you can, I recommend higher doses of magnesium citrate as a safe way to get the bowels moving along with being well hydrated, but if you need to take something stronger that is ok.
Yes you can - it sounds like this test will be excellent to help understand the underlying cause of your diarrhea.
I don't have set protocols and the treatment plan is going to be based around the results and your symptoms. It will usually include diet changes, supplements, stress management and other lifestyle changes to optimize your results.
I would rarely be recommending antibiotics or pharmaceutical medications.
If your coach or nutritionist has recommended that you do the GI Map test they maybe able to help guide you through the results and help with a treatment plan.
If you want to schedule a consultation with Michael from Planet Naturopath this can be done once your results are ready. Even if you are working with someone else you can schedule a consultation for a second opinion as Michael has worked with 1,000's of clients using the GI Map test.