I first learned of Viome’s gut microbiome test called the Gut Intelligence Test while listening to one of Dave Asprey’s podcasts @BulletProof Radio. Later, found Dave’s blog post: 17 Proven Ways to Heal Your Gut Microbiome, where he goes into some additional specifics of Viome and how the at-home test provides customized results about your unique microbiome.
My husband, who had Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2013 which included multiple rounds of intensive chemotherapy treatments, still has food triggers and is always trying to figure out: Why do I always feel sick after eating? We decided that we may look more into Viome and see if gut microbiome test can be beneficial.
What is Viome?
Viome is an at-home test that can determine how your gut organisms function and uses that information to make statements about your overall health. They do this with cutting-edge technology that was created by a team of experts consisting of of physicians, scientists, and entrepreneurs to improve your health at the comfort of your own home.
Before we dive deeper into the Viome test, you may be asking yourself, What is a microbiome?
What is Microbiome?
According to HealthLine.com, the gut microbiome is found in the large intestine and consists of microorganisms of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other microscopic living things. Your gut microbiome is linked to many areas of your health such as your weight, energy, stress, sleep, and immunity among others.
What does Viome test for?
Viome’s Gut Microbiome Test analyzes how your gut microbiome functions, and can tell you how well or how poorly your gut is performing.
According to Viome’s website, “The test includes analysis of your “viruses, parasites, yeast, fungi, archaea, bacteria, and bacteriophages at the strain and species levels. As a result, we can obtain the highest possible resolution view of the gut microbiome in your body.”
What can a Viome Test do for Me?
Once your microbiome has been analyzed by Viome, Viome will provide you with a list of diet and lifestyle recommendations. With these recommendations, Viome says that you will be able to…
* Stimulate the production of healthy nutrients.
* Increase microbiome diversity.
* Minimize the production of toxins.
* Identify the optimal ratio of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins for you to consume each day.
* Eat a diet that will enable you to maintain and achieve a healthy body weight.
* Optimize absorption and digestion.
* Minimize inflammation.
* Stimulate beneficial metabolite production.
* Identify prebiotics that are able to increase beneficial metabolites and microbes.
* Identify foods that offer optimal compatibility with your unique metabolism.
* Recommending a diet to increase well-being, focus, and energy levels.
* Identify beneficial bacteria that are currently missing in the microbiome.
How Does Viome Test Work?
My husband took the Gut Intelligence Test on Jan 7, 2020. Therefore, the steps below are going to be about this particular test back on this date. Overall, although the three steps: 1) Register, 2) Collect, 3) Send) are simple, the Collection step of the gut microbiome test may seem slightly awkward or uncomfortable for some.
Since this is a gut microbiome test (remember that the microbiome is in your large intestine), you will need to provide a very small, pea-sized stool sample. Viome makes this very easy to do.
Viome provides you with a piece of sturdy, flushable paper that you will tape (which is included) to your toilet seat when you are ready for a bowel movement. You only need a pea-sized sample so don’t worry about the quantity of your sample.
Have the test tube nearby when you are testing. When you open the tube, the lid includes a very small scooper that you will use to scoop a pea-sized sample. Put the scooper and sample into the tube and close. You will need to shake it for 30 seconds. Phew! The worst is over. You can breathe easy again. Just release the paper into the toilet, but be sure to let it soak in the water for at least a minute to soften before flushing it.
So let’s recap the Gut Intelligence Test collection steps:
1) Extend paper over the toilet seat
2) Produce a bowel movement onto the collection paper
3) Open test tube and collect a pea-sized sample of stool
4) Close test tube and shake it for 30 seconds
5) Drop the collection paper into the toilet
6) Allow the paper to soak for at least one minute
7) Flush the stool sample
8) Don’t forget to wipe and wash your hands!
Proceed with the “Send” steps to mail your collection sample to Viome the same day, if able.
How Long Does it Take to Get Your Viome Results?
Most of the time, results and recommendations are received within 4 to 6 weeks after your sample reaches the lab. However, timeframes can vary. I recall results trickling in over time. Once your results are ready, Viome will send you a notification in your Viome app (if notifications are enabled) and you will receive an email.
But the question that everyone wants to know is…
Is Viome Testing Worth It?
As you may recall, my husband took the Gut Intelligence Test in January 2020. Since that test, Viome has added some new and innovative tests and services, such as the Health Intelligence Test and Precision Supplement Plans.
As far as the Gut Intelligence Test goes, Yes, I would and have recommended Viome to others, especially if you are struggling with trying to figure out Why do I always feel sick after eating? or if you are struggling with other unknown health issues.
We recently went to our Naturopathic doctor and showed her his test results, specifically the result that shows his Microbiome Diversity. Well, needless to say, with his score being 1 out of 100 (1 being the lowest), she said that he can definitely improve in this area so that will be our focus this year, thanks to Viome’s Gut Microbiome Test! Hopefully improving this will help fill in the gaps that real foods and supplements hasn’t been able to fulfill. And as a reminder, your gut microbiome is inner-connected to your weight, energy, stress, sleep, immunity, and many other health factors. It’s definitely worth looking into.
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