Intestinal microbiota test
The intestine is the largest immune organ in the human body, where over 70% of the immune cells in the body are gathered. There are approximately 1000 types and about 100 trillion intestinal bacteria in the gut, and as a whole, these bacteria are called the intestinal flora or microbiota.
Intestinal bacteria can be broadly classified into three categories: helpful bacteria, harmful bacteria, and opportunistic bacteria. Helpful bacteria suppresses the overgrowth of the harmful bacteria to maintain the balance of intestinal flora and maintains good health. However, the overall balance of intestinal flora varies depending on various factors including aging, diet, stress, medications, and bacterial infections.
The relationship between an unbalanced intestinal microbiota and various diseases has been elucidated, and investigating your intestinal microbiota can be helpful to understand the current status of your intestinal environment and to improve your overall health through diet and lifestyle habits.
Testing is by stool sample, and you will receive a collection kit that you can use at home following simple instructions, and then mailing the specimen by post in an reply envelope. The results are ready in about 6 weeks, and our physicians will explain the test results and make suggestions for improving your diet and lifestyle if necessary.