Is There A Difference Between the GI Map & Viome Stool Testing?
If you have chronic digestive problems, odds are you’ve probably heard about one or both of these at-home DNA stool tests: GI Map and Viome. But which one is best for you?
They’re the two most popular stool tests on the market, but it is confusing to know which one you need. I hope to sort out the differences, so you can make an educated decision and do what’s best for you.
Let’s start with similarities:
- both can be done from the comfort of your own home
- both come with easy to follow instructions
- both use DNA analysis technology
Now, let's highlight differences, and point out strengths and weaknesses of each test.
All You Need to Know About The GI Map Stool Test
In a nutshell, the GI Map is the one you need if you have chronic GI problems. It determines the underlying cause of issues like SIBO, IBS, celiac, crohn’s and colitis by accurately testing for specific bacteria, fungus, candida, viruses, parasites and even normal flora (aka probiotic bacteria). The GI Map is the test that helps your well-trained functional practitioner come up with an action plan to help address your GI issues.
When it comes to chronic digestive issues, most are familiar with the standard of care which includes endoscopy- a diagnostic test that shows the anatomy of the GI, whereas a GI Map gives a very detailed representation of what’s living in the gut, good and bad. This detailed picture of the gut microbiome gives a well-trained functional practitioner a clear idea of what needs to be done to fix the problem and promote healing.
The GI Map test is # 1 in determining the underlying reasons for GI symptoms such as:
It’s also considered the gold standard for determining root causes of chronic inflammatory or autoimmune problems of the GI. If you’re unhappy taking immunosuppressant meds and/or steroids for your inflammatory/autoimmune GI condition, the GI Map can help you dive deeper so the root cause can be addressed.
If you suffer from h. Pylori symptoms such as: abdominal pain after eating, bloating and nausea, again the GI Map is recommended. Masking symptoms with an acid blocker is just a band aid that never addresses the upstream root problem.
What About Viome?
The Viome test is good for those who’ve already improved GI health and now want to optimize overall health and wellness. Viome is more of a general overview and not recommended for determining the cause of chronic digestive problems. It does not test for specific bacteria, virus, fungi or parasite infections. The Viome test can provide insight into foods to consume and foods to avoid for better health. Different people tolerate different foods and Viome can provide some individual guidance for you here.
Viome test also has an app that can help with personalized recommendations to balance blood sugar, support a healthy metabolism and avoid foods that cause leaky gut and dysbiosis.
Both tests are great but depending on where you’re at in your health journey, one will be more useful than the other.
If you’re wanting answers to your chronic digestive issues then GI Map is your best bet. It MUST be ordered by a qualified practitioner.
However, if you’ve made digestive improvements, but are still looking to optimize overall health and wellness then Viome may be the best choice for you. This test does NOT require a practitioner to order.
I’ve personally seen amazing turnarounds of more serious chronic digestive issues when GI Map testing is utilized correctly.