Testing Your Microbiome and Trusting Your Gut

Pick up the latest copy of the New Scientist magazine and you will read about the importance of managing your microbiome and the profound impact it can have on your health.

It’s not just the scientists who are raving about the magical microbiome, everyone from the supermarkets to the glossy mags have jumped on board. If you aren’t eating Kefir or Sauerkraut and washing it down with a “Gut shot” your microbiome is missing out.Unlike a lot of medical fads and pseudoscience over the years, the microbiome is big news. Medics are only at the tip of the iceberg when it comes to getting to know it and we want to help you get to know yours by taking a simple test.

So, what is the microbiome?

Humans are estimated to each have over a trillion bacterial, fungi and viruses (microorganisms)living in our bodies.Your personal microbiome is unique, just like your fingerprint! Microorganisms in our bodies outnumber human cells by a factor of 10 to 1.So you can see why, the microbiome matters! The microbiome is the genetic material of all these microorganisms, in practice its a major influencer both good and bad on our health and wellbeing. It’s like a bustling ecosystem within us, and its balance is crucial for optimal bodily functions.

Different parts of our body host distinct microbiomes, each playing a unique role. The gut, oral, urinary, and vaginal microbiomes, in particular, are essential for digestion, immune function, and protecting against dysfunction and disease. Thats why we have partnered with a cutting-edge biotechnology company to enable you to test the health of your microbiome in these 4 critical areas.

The Gut Microbiome: Stool Test

Research suggests that a healthy gut microbiome is linked to improved digestion, nutrient absorption, and even mental well-being. If you have been diagnosed with IBS,Food intolerances,Bloating,Fatigue or have unexplained stomach symptoms this is the test for you. A simple stool test screens for 15 different biological markers enabling you to identify the root cause and take steps towards resolving the symptoms.

The Oral Microbiome:Saliva Test

Maintaining a balanced oral microbiome is not just about fresh breath and healthy gums. It has been linked to longevity, heart health and overall wellbeing . Dental procedures,antibiotics,changes in diet or chronic health conditions can all take their toll on your oral health. Identifying issues through microbiome testing will allow you to work towards restoring a flourishing environment inside your mouth.

The Urinary Tract Microbiome:Urine Test

Many women suffer from and endless cycles of bladder or kidney infections, often requiring antibiotics which can be harsh on the stomach and even harsher on the microbiome. Some women experience symptoms of infection only to be told there isn’t any sign of infection in their specimens and are left to fend for themselves. Menopause is a particularly problematic time for patients, as the lack of oestrogen make them prone to recurrent infections. Taking a test can help unravel the good, the bad and the ugly of your urinary tract, so you can take steps to tackle it.

The Vaginal Microbiome:Swab test

Understanding the genital ecosystem can be the key to managing recurrent yeast and bacterial infections. It can also help ease some of the localised symptoms of menopause and recurrent discharge and can pinpoint what may be contributing to unexplained genital odours or irritation.

Testing your microbiome is a proactive step towards understanding and optimising your health. By identifying any imbalances, we can tailor personalised strategies to restore harmony in your personal microbiome. Our tests are available via the clinic directly, packaged discretely and dispatched to be done in the privacy of your own home.