Is There a Difference Between the GI Map & Viome Stool Testing?

If you have chronic digestive problems, then you’ve probably heard about at-home DNA stool tests like the GI Map and Viome. But which one is best for you? That questions isn't the easiest to answer.

They’re the two most popular stool tests on the market, but it can be confusing to know which one best suits your needs. In this article, I want to clearly lay out the differences so you can compare and make an educated decision on what’s best for you.

First 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 talk about the differences, and establish the 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. In contrast, the 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:

  • Reflux
  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea

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.

If you're already nodding your head right now and ready to take next steps in this process, I invite you to a Free Initial Consult with me to learn more about what the testing and treatment process looks like. We'll chat about what issues you're dealing with and get a solid plan for moving forward.

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.

In Summary

If you need answers about chronic digestive issues, then GI Map is your best bet. But it MUST be ordered by a qualified practitioner. I cannot stress this enough.

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.

My personal opinion? I’ve seen a greater number of transformations take place regarding chronic digestive issues when GI Map testing is utilized correctly. Both tests are great but depending on where you’re at in your health journey, one will be more useful than the other. 

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