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Gut Health Testing at Five Journeys Clinic

Gut Health Testing at Five Journeys Clinic

Nurturing your gut health is akin to tending to the conductor of a symphony orchestra – essential for the harmonious functioning of your entire being. Think of your gut as the conductor, orchestrating bodily functions crucial for digestion, nutrient absorption, and immune system health. Its balance affects both physical and mental well-being, making gut health testing essential for holistic health maintenance. Thus, caring for your gut isn’t merely about ensuring a happy tummy; it’s about nurturing a melody that resonates throughout your holistic well-being, including gut health testing to assess and maintain its balance.

When Should You Do Gut Health Testing?

Testing for gut health, also known as gut microbiome testing, is recommended for individuals experiencing the following symptoms – digestive issues, mental health issues, and broader health concerns.

Digestive Issues

  • Bloating: A feeling of fullness accompanied by a swollen or distended abdomen, often associated with conditions like acid reflux.
  • Gas: Increased flatulence, belching, or a sense of trapped air in the digestive system, which can be indicative of gastrointestinal issues such as irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Constipation: Difficulty in passing stools, often accompanied by infrequent bowel movements and potential nutritional deficiencies.
  • Diarrhea: Loose or watery stools, sometimes accompanied by urgency.
  • Weight Gain: Dysbiosis, an imbalance in gut microbiota, can contribute to weight gain, and conversely, weight gain can further disrupt gut health, creating a cycle that underscores the importance of maintaining a balanced gut microbiome.

Broader Health Concerns

  • Inflammation: The gut’s imbalances can trigger inflammation, contributing to discomfort and potential long-term health issues, including hormonal imbalances.
  • Compromised Immune Function: A weakened immune system, making the body more susceptible to infections and illnesses.

Mental Health Issues

  • Anxiety: Mental distress, unease, or excessive worry that may be linked to gut-brain interactions.
  • Depression: Persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or a lack of interest in activities, potentially influenced by gut health.

By identifying potential imbalances and tailoring interventions, gut health testing can help individuals achieve better digestive health and overall well-being. However, it’s important to consult with a healthcare professional to determine if testing is right for you and to interpret the results accurately.

Interested in Gut Testing? Ask your provider or book a call with us!

How We Do Testing for Gut Health

Below are the available tests you can consider for assessing your gut health.

Blood Testing

  • Oxford Biomedical Technologies Mediator Release Test (MRT)

MRT gives insight into inflammation-provoking foods and food chemicals, but more importantly, MRT identifies your patient’s BEST foods – the foods that form the basis of their LEAP Eating Plan.

  • Genova Metabolomix+

This test evaluates many measures including micronutrients, antioxidants, minerals, detox, overview of gut function, omegas, and toxic exposure.

Stool Testing

  • Doctor’s Data Comprehensive Stool and Parasitology (CSAP) (H. Pylori Add On)

This test evaluates the gut function and indicates microbiome balance, overgrowth, infection, inflammation, parasites, and digestive efficacy.

  • Genova GI Effects 1 Day Stool Test

This test evaluates the gut function and indicates microbiome balance, overgrowth, infection, inflammation, parasites, and digestive efficacy.

Gut Health Testing at Five Journeys Clinic

How to Check a Gut Health at Five Journeys Testing Center 

Getting a gut health test at Five Journeys is a simple process designed to provide you with valuable insights into your allergic triggers. Here’s what you need to know to get started:

  1. Schedule an Appointment: If you’re not a Five Journeys patient already, the first step is to schedule an appointment with our team. You can book a discovery call or email us to schedule a consultation. Our friendly staff will assist you in selecting a convenient appointment time that fits your schedule.
  2. Consultation with Our Specialists: During your first appointment, you’ll meet with our experienced healthcare professionals who specialize in dysbacteriosis test and treatment. They will take the time to understand your medical history, symptoms, and any specific concerns you may have.
  3. Gut Health Testing: Based on your consultation, our team will recommend the most suitable gut microbiome testing method for you. At Five Journeys, we primarily provide stool and blood testing, offering a safe and reliable means to identify imbalances or abnormalities.
  4. Results and Treatment Options: After your gut check test, our team will analyze the results and discuss them with you during a follow-up appointment. Depending on the findings, we will tailor a personalized treatment plan to help you manage your imbalances effectively. This may include dietary modifications, lifestyle changes, and medication recommendations.
  5. Ongoing Support: At Five Journeys, we are committed to supporting you throughout your gut treatment journey. Our team is available to answer any questions you may have and provide ongoing guidance and support to help you live a healthier, balanced life.

With an unwavering dedication to personalized care and a holistic approach, we ensure that your gut flora testing procedure is thorough, accurate, and tailored precisely to your unique requirements. Beyond mere symptom diagnosis, our expertise extends to guiding you through a comprehensive journey of understanding and managing your gut health.

Why Begin Improving Your Health with Five Journeys?

Beginning your journey to improved health with Five Journeys offers a comprehensive approach that encompasses various aspects of wellness. Our commitment to optimal health and well-being is evident in our personalized and holistic approach to care. Here are some reasons why you should choose Five Journeys to improve your health:

Holistic Approach

At Five Journeys, we recognize that true wellness encompasses more than just physical health. We take a holistic approach that considers all aspects of your well-being, including physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health.

Personalized Care

We understand that each individual is unique, and their health needs are different. That's why we tailor our services to meet your specific needs and goals. Whether you're seeking preventive care, managing chronic conditions, or optimizing your overall health, we provide personalized solutions that prioritize your well-being.

When you choose Five Journeys for your gut flora testing in Boston and Newton, MA, you’re opting for a comprehensive and advanced approach to unraveling the mysteries of your gut microbiome. The depth of information we provide through our gut health testing allows for a highly personalized assessment, paving the way for targeted interventions aimed at optimizing your gut health, including functional medicine approaches. Choosing Five Journeys for your gut microbiome testing isn’t just about accessing information; it’s a proactive investment in understanding your gut health on a deeper level—a significant step toward a healthier, more vibrant life! 

*Massachusetts law does not allow us to accept MassHealth & Medicaid. Other exceptions may apply.

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WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

Genova’s SIBO Profiles are non-invasive breath tests which capture exhaled hydrogen (H2) and methane (CH4) gases following patient ingestion of a lactulose solution to evaluate bacterial overgrowth of the small intestine

LOCATION PERFORMED

At home

SPECIMEN TYPE

Breath

COLLECTION INSTRUCTIONS

COST

$85-$225 depending on insurance coverage. 

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RealTime

WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

This test evaluates the presence of harmful mycotoxins (toxins produced by molds).

LOCATION PERFORMED

At Home

SPECIMEN TYPE

Urine

COLLECTION INSTRUCTIONS

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS

Glutathione for 1 week, then bath or sauna.

COST

$699

INSURANCE

Fully covered by Medicare. Repeat test prices $249

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Nordic-Labratories

WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

This test evaluates the genetic profile for multiple health indicators. Click here for more information.

LOCATION PERFORMED

At home

SPECIMEN TYPE

Blood Spot

COST

$319

INSURANCE

No insurance accepted

COLLECTION INSTRUCTIONS

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IGX

WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

This company can test for lyme, babesia, bartonella and additional tick-borne illnesses. Click here for more information.

LOCATION PERFORMED

In office

SPECIMEN TYPE

Blood

COST

around $1600 (depends on panel selected)

INSURANCE

Fully covered by Medicare. May be reimbursed with PPO plans.
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Great-Plains

WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

This test evaluates the presence of harmful mycotoxins (toxins produced by molds).

LOCATION PERFORMED

At home

BLOOD FLUID

Urine

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS

Glutathione for 1 week, then bath or sauna.

COST

$299

INSURANCE

No insurance accepted
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Alletess

WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

This test evaluates a wide range of environmental toxins that may be leading to harmful health effects.

LOCATION PERFORMED

At home

BLOOD FLUID

Urine

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS

Glutathione for 1 week, then bath or sauna.

COST

$199

INSURANCE

No insurance accepted $30 discount given if done with mycotoxins.
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Quest

WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

Blood work for blood count, urinalysis and vitamin levels.

LOCATION PERFORMED

BLOOD FLUID

Blood

NOTES

You often have to fast for these tests-please check your providers notes.

COST

Depending on the test, deductible or copay may apply.

INSURANCE

Depends on insurance coverage, deductible or copay may apply.
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Great-Plains

WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

Glyphosate (“Round Up”) is a pesticide that is widely used and this test indicates the body’s levels.

LOCATION PERFORMED

At home

BLOOD FLUID

Urine

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS

Glutathione for 1 week, then bath or sauna.

COST

$99 ($69 if performed with mycotoxins or environmental toxins).

INSURANCE

No insurance accepted $30 discount given if done with mycotoxins or GPL Tox.
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Genova logo

WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

This test evaluates many measures including micronutrients, antioxidants, minerals, detox, overview of gut function, omegas and toxic exposure. Click here for more information.

LOCATION PERFORMED

At home.

SPECIMEN TYPE

Urine

COST

$179 – $400

INSURANCE

Depending on insurance coverage. Fully covered by Medicare.

INSTRUCTIONS

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Genova logo

WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

This test evaluates the gut function and indicates microbiome balance, overgrowth, infection, inflammation, parasites and digestive efficacy. Click here for more information.

LOCATION PERFORMED

At home

SPECIMEN TYPE

Stool

COST

$179-$425 depending on insurance coverage.

INSURANCE

Depending on insurance coverage. Fully covered by Medicare.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS

No probiotics for one week.

VIDEO INSTRUCTIONS

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WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

This test evaluates the full menstrual cycle, female hormones, and adrenal profile.

LOCATION PERFORMED

At home

BLOOD FLUID

Urine

COST

$160-$329

INSURANCE

Depending on insurance coverage. Fully covered by Medicare.

NOTES

Must be off hormones in order to do the testing.
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Galaxy

WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

This test is specifically for a tick-borne illness called “Bartonella”.

LOCATION PERFORMED

In office

BLOOD FLUID

Blood

COST

$260

INSURANCE

No insurance accepted
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Doctors-Data

WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

This test evaluates the presence of potentially harmful heavy metals stored in the body.  Click here for more information.

LOCATION PERFORMED

At home

SPECIMEN TYPE

Urine

COST

Testing: $79 x2 paid to Doctor’s Data
DMSA: $38 paid to Johnson’s Compounding Pharmacy

INSURANCE

Not covered by Insurance
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DiagnosTechs

WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

This test measures saliva cortisol testing throughout the course of one day and informs us where there might be an adrenal imbalance.

LOCATION PERFORMED

At home

BLOOD FLUID

Saliva

COST

$80

INSURANCE

No insurance coverage

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Alletess

WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

This test is designed to look at food sensitivities (IgG immune responses). It is available in both a 99 or 184 panel. Click here for more information.

LOCATION PERFORMED

In office

SPECIMEN TYPE

Blood

COST

$129-238

INSURANCE

No insurance accepted