FAQ: What is Microbiome Mapping?

Microbiome Mapping is an emerging diagnostic system with the objective of “digging deeper” into the health of one’s microbiome.
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Microbiome Mapping is an emerging diagnostic system with the objective of “digging deeper” into the health of one’s microbiome.

Using stool analysis, a skilled clinical is able to assess the concentrations of healthy and unhealthy gut bacteria—what’s overgrown, what’s lacking, and what’s missing entirely.

Inflammation and other markers of poor digestion are also assessed and used to “map out” one’s biome. Believe it or not, but you can actually have an overgrowth of healthy bacteria that can throw off the balance in your gut and cause issues!

Thus, it’s not just about getting rid of the “bad bugs” it’s about balancing all the bugs in the ratios they truly need to be in.

This is an emerging science, so there’s a lot more to learn, but you can rest assured that the team at NutriChem goes above and beyond with our Microbiome Mapping, seeing we also look at the whole digestive environment.

This is done by assessing the health of the epithelial layer in the gut lining, the status of bile salts and stomach acid, and overall digestive organ function. Further, seeing the gut is so intimately connected with other critical functions, whether one is suffering from inflammation and subsequent immune activation is also assessed.

Each one of us has a unique case; thus, have a unique gut environment which is why it is highly recommended to get a precise look at what is happening in the gut. This then sets the stage for a personalized protocol for effective healing.

Are you considering if Microbiome Mapping is right for you? Contact one of NutriChem’s Patient Coordinators today for a 15-minute consultation where they will help you navigate our clinical services and what’s write for your unique wellness needs.

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Naturopathic Doctor Sophie-Pollon-MacLeod
Dr. Sophie Pollon-MacLeod, B.Sc., N.D.

Dr. Sophie is a Naturopathic Doctor and Sports Nutritionist with a passion for evidence-based approaches to supporting her patient’s health. Prior to obtaining her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Sophie completed her undergraduate degree in Human Kinetics at the University of Guelph. She is also a personal trainer with over 8 years of experience.

Her experience as a trainer ignited her passion to pursue a career in healthcare and help others towards feeling their best. Dr. Sophie combines her expertise in exercise physiology and naturopathic medicine to support her patients towards achieving weight loss, improving performance and aiding in pain management. She goes beyond symptom management and utilizes a full-body approach to get to the root of health concerns. Dr. Sophie possesses additional qualifications from the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN) and Functional Range Conditioning (FRC®).