Gut Microbiome Test

Last updated: March 31st, 2024

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The gut microbiome refers to the diverse community of microbes that live in the gastrointestinal tract. These include bacteria, fungi, viruses, and archaea.

These microorganisms play a crucial role in: * digestion, * nutrient absorption, * immune function, and * metabolism among other physiological processes.

A gut microbiome test analyses the composition and diversity of microorganisms present in an individual's gut.

What does a gut microbiome test involve?

The test involves collecting a stool sample from the patient. This contains a representative sample of the gut microbiota.

The sample is then subjected to high-throughput DNA sequencing techniques. This is done to identify and quantify the different microbial species present.

This test is thus also known as microbiome analysis or gut microbiome sequencing.

Why do a gut microbiome test?

Healthcare providers as gastroenterologists, dieticians and nutritionists may recommend this test for these reasons:

Investigating gastrointestinal symptoms

Analysing the gut microbiome can provide insights into potential microbial imbalances. An imbalance in the gut microbiota, also known as gut dysbiosis, can result in digestive disorders as:

  • irritable bowel syndrome (IBS),
  • inflammatory bowel disease (IBD),
  • diarrhea,
  • constipation, and
  • bloating.

Assessing overall health

By evaluating the composition of the gut microbiota, this test yields insights into a patient's health status. And potential disease risk factors. The gut microbiome is in fact linked to various systemic conditions beyond the gut, including:

  • metabolic disorders such as obesity and type 2 diabetes,
  • autoimmune diseases,
  • mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety,
  • allergies, and
  • skin conditions, such as eczema and acne

Personalised nutrition and lifestyle recommendations

The gut microbiome plays a significant role in dietary metabolism and nutrient absorption. Analysing an individual's gut microbiome can help tailor personalized dietary and lifestyle recommendations. Which promote overall well-being.

Pharmacies providing gut microbiome testing

Closes at 8PM

Brown's Grognet Pharmacy

41, Triq il-Kostituzzjoni, Mosta

Closes at 8PM

Brown’s Medical Plaza Pharmacy

Cass-i-Mall Buildings Vjal ir-Rihan, San Ġwann

Closes at 8PM

Brown’s Naxxar Centre Pharmacy

Vjal il-21 ta’ Settembru, Naxxar

Closes at 8PM

Brown's Paola Square Pharmacy

64/65, Pjazza Antoine De Paule (previously "Agius Pharmacy"), Paola

Closes at 8PM

Brown's Pharmacy

2, Triq Antonio Schembri, Attard

Closes at 7:30PM

Brown's Pharmacy

32, Triq Fleur-de-Lys (previously "Fleur de Lys Pharmacy"), Birkirkara

Closed

Brown's Pharmacy

706, Triq il-Kbira San Ġużepp, Ħamrun

Closes at 8PM

Brown's Pharmacy

No. 8, Misraħ l-Arċisqof Gonzi (previously "Kalkara Pharmacy"), Kalkara

Closes at 8PM

Brown's Pharmacy

69, Triq George Borg Olivier, Mellieħa

Closes at 8PM

Brown's Pharmacy

Triq San Pawl, Naxxar

Closes at 7:30PM

Brown's Pharmacy

45, Paola Hill, Paola

Closes at 9PM

Brown's Pharmacy

Shop 10, Yacht Marina Apartments, Triq il-Marina, Pietà

Closes at 8PM

Brown's Pharmacy

278, Triq il-Vitorja, Qormi

Closes at 8PM

Brown's Pharmacy

Triq l-Erbgħa Mwieżeb, San Pawl il-Baħar

Closes at 8PM

Brown's Pharmacy

34, Triq il-Qasam, Tal-Ibraġġ, Swieqi

Closes at 8PM

Brown's Pharmacy

47, Vjal il-Ħelsien, Żebbuġ

Closes at 9PM

Brown’s Pharmacy

135, Central Business Centre, Spinola Bay, San Ġiljan

Closes at 8PM

Brown’s Pharmacy

92-94, Triq il-Mensija, San Ġwann

Closes at 7:30PM

Brown's Pharmacy, The Point

Unit 22, Triq Tigne, Sliema

Closes at 8PM

Brown's Quad Pharmacy

Tower Q2 Level 0, Quad Central Unit 3, Central Business District, Mrieħel

Closes at 8PM

Brown's St. Louis Pharmacy

Shop 1, Bohemian Courts, Vjal L-Independenza, Mosta

Closes at 7:30PM

Brown's Village Pharmacy

Main Street, Mellieħa

Closes at 8PM

Iklin Pharmacy

Triq Geronimo Abos, Iklin

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