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Should You Test Your Microbiome?

Modern medicine has made a number of impressive discoveries. One of them is the discovery that the human body is home to countless viruses, fungi, and bacteria. These don’t only live in our gut, which people once believed. Instead, they live throughout the body and inhabit its tissues. That means that to stay in perfect health, you need to remain in perfect harmony with your microbiome. By far, the most complex microbiome in the body is in the GI tract, your gut microbiome. Now, you can get your gut microbiome tested to find out how the foods you are eating could be affecting your health.

How Can I Improve My Gut Health?

Many people today have gut problems because of modern life. Eating the wrong kinds of foods can lead to dysbiosis in the gut microbiome. It is no wonder that many people suffer from a host of digestive upsets. It is essential to find your unique balance. With Viome’s Gut Intelligence Test, you can determine where those imbalances lie and get the insight you need in order to make more educated choices when it comes to the right foods that will benefit your individual health. We all know that each person is unique. This includes your microbiome. A diet that works for one person will not work for another. Our test ensures that you choose the foods that benefit you.

What Are the Signs I Should Test My Microbiome?

There are a few signs to look out for that indicate an imbalance in your gut microbiome. Not all are symptoms you might expect. While you may associate digestive issues with your gut health, there are a host of other associated conditions. These can range of autoimmune disorders to poor mental health. Let’s take a look at some of the key signs to consider:

Trouble in sleep

Trouble sleeping

You probably never associated poor sleep quality with your gut. However, the impact on serotonin levels in your brain because of a gut imbalance can prevent you from sleeping.

Stomach problem

Stomach problems

These are an obvious sign of a digestive issue. Whether you are suffering from constipation, diarrhea, bloating or pain, testing your microbiome could pinpoint the problem.

Anxiety

Anxiety 

Your gut flora balance has an impact on the levels of dopamine and serotonin in the body. Those hormones are responsible for regulating your mental health. This is why imbalances can cause depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems.

Autoimmune

Autoimmune issues

Inflammation in the body can affect the immune system. Gut imbalances can trigger inflammation. Therefore, conditions, such as lupus or fibromyalgia, could be the result

What Can Viome’s Gut Testing Show?

Every living organism produces RNA molecules from their DNA. By sequencing all of the RNA in the samples we receive, we can identify and quantify all of the living microorganisms in the gut (bacteria, viruses, bacteriophages, archaea, fungi, yeast, parasites, and more) at the species and strain level. The end result? A higher resolution view of your gut microbiome than has ever been available before.

While identifying the microorganisms in the gut is important, we gain the most insight when we can also understand their function. To maintain health, our bodies require many biochemicals produced by the gut microbiome. Some well-known examples are vitamin K, B vitamins, and short-chain fatty acids (for example butyrate). The microbes can also produce harmful biochemicals, such as LPS. Many microbes are capable of making both good and bad biochemicals. The biochemical output depends on the food we eat and the interactions among the hundreds of species of microorganisms.

By analyzing the genes that microbes express, we can identify which metabolites they produce – in other words, we can determine their role in your body’s ecosystem. By following Viome’s diet and lifestyle recommendations, a person can fine-tune the function of their gut microbiome to minimize production of harmful metabolites and maximize the production of beneficial ones.

Why Choose Viome's Gut Test?

While there are many microbiome testing companies to choose from, only Viome offers this advantage of providing personalized food recommendations based on your unique microbiome. Viome’s Gut Intelligence Test is the first and only CLIA-certified test that uses RNA sequencing technology in order to identify and quantify thousands of microbial strains and species as well as their biochemical functions. By harnessing unique, cutting-edge technology, Viome can determine what's going on inside your gut microbiome and specifically, what foods may be causing inflammation. As a result, you can feel confident following recommendations that target your unique gut microbiome. We've already seen thousands of customers achieve their wellness goals by simply following a diet customized for them. We give you the insight you need to make the decision that's right for you. 

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