The Gut Bacteria Diversity Test
Gut bacteria diversity is one of the key drivers of health.
The American Gut Project, and the Twins UK project, found that building diversity had a comparable effect to taking medication, and low diversity to disease. It’s that important.
Within the functional health community, there is a lot of focus on killing pathogens, viruses, and other bad guys. Many functional tests are aimed at identifying them – such as the Gi-Map™ test.
In my experience, you need both, otherwise, health is never quite restored. You are either busy shoveling the water out or busy trying to plug the holes in a leaky gut and biome.
I have started using Ubiome Explorer test to monitor bacterial health over time.
From one sample, you get a comprehensive breakdown of your microbiome, how it’s functioning, and how it is changing over time in response to diet or antibiotics.
Just some of the useful information is:
The gut bacteria diversity – this is in the lowest 8% of samples! A diet diverse in low histamine foods can increase gut bacteria diversity.
A detailed listing of bacteria in the sample is provided
The bacterial listing is compared with those in a wide range of functional foods and commercial probiotics to determine which would be beneficial.
Ubiome Explorer also estimates how effective your microbiome is at a variety of crucial functions including degradation of foods.
If nothing else, it is a quick reliable method for assessing how changes in diet can have a significant impact on gut bacteria diversity over time. ‘
Is the probiotic colonizing? Do I need that probiotic? Do I have enough fiber, polyphenols, and other gut-friendly foods in my diet? These are all questions that Ubiome Explorer can answer.