- Learn how microbes protect you from disease
- Understand how diet affects gut bacteria
- Optimise microbe’s vitamin synthesis
- Dietary fibre breakdown and butyrate synthesis
- Personalised food recommendations
- Probiotics and beneficial bacteria report
There are trillions of bacteria living on and inside our bodies. In fact, the volume of DNA contained in your microbiome far exceeds the human DNA of your body. Scientists even consider the gut microbiome to be a separate organ.
There is extensive research on what foods different bacteria prefer. This test will show you what you need to eat to improve the composition of your microbiome. The composition of your gut bacteria depends on what you eat every day, meaning that everybody has a unique microbiome profile. It can also be influenced by other factors like your living environment, antibiotics and stress. Even if you eat lots of fresh food and stay away from take-aways, your microbiome might still lack the ability to synthesise specific vitamins or break down dietary fibre. Furthermore, because gut bacteria are influenced by external factors, some species may die off. In this case, it is important to have diversity, so that other bacteria can fulfil these functions and prevent pathogenic species from moving in.
The gut microbiome plays an important role in digestion and nutrient metabolism. It also protects the body from pathogenic microbes.
What you will learn from this test
- Your microbiome health score and protection from 5 disease risks
- The proportion of probiotics and beneficial bacteria, micronutrient synthesis potential and diversity score
- Food recommendations to improve your microbiome health in 17 areas
- List of bacteria found in your microbiome (%) and what enterotype you belong to
The samples are analysed in the lab using Illumina technology. The DNA fragments in your sample are studied to identify your microbes and evaluate their proportion in the microbiome. Since the discovery of bacterial communities living in symbiosis with the human bodies, over 20,000 research studies have been conducted to understand this relationship. The Atlas Microbiome Test was developed based on the results of this research. Clear links have been established for many aspects of our health, like microbiome protection from specific diseases, immunity, vitamin production, diet and nutrition. The Atlas Microbiome Test was developed by an international team of scientists, reviewed by our Scientific Board of Advisors and registered with the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare product Regulatory Agency) in the United Kingdom.
You will be given a kit to take home and collect the sample. Once collected, this can be placed into the specimen bag as per the instructions and must be posted to the laboratory the same day using the prepaid envelope provided.
It may take 4–8 weeks before your results are available, I will send you the report and recommendations. Every sample is analysed on a case-by-case basis and I will notify you personally if there are any changes to this timeframe.