Are you one of the thousands of people out there who just don’t feel their best and you don’t know why? It could be low energy, dull skin, bad sleep quality, poor focus … or all of the above (gosh, so sorry)! Obviously we think the food you eat can have a big impact on your well-being, but sometimes it takes more to live up to our potential.
Even if you’re feeding yourself well, if your microorganisms (which we all have) aren’t thriving, those foods can’t be put to good use. Which is why we’re excited to share how you can know what’s going on inside your gut (from the comfort of your own home) thanks to our sponsor Viome! They have an at-home kit that’ll provide cutting-edge information on what’s going on in your belly as well as what foods to eat and avoid so you can feel better and have more energy!
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There are trillions of microorganisms in our gut. They help us digest food, are an important part of the immune system, and can also influence your emotions. It has been said that a more diverse microbiome (this relatively new term refers to the entire community of microorganisms in your body) within the gut is advisable. But simply knowing what it looks like down in your belly can help quantify all of the living microorganisms in the gut (bacteria, viruses, bacteriophages, archaea, fungi, yeast, parasites, and more). And the coolest news is that you can now get this information from the comfort of your home, thanks to Viome.
What is Viome?
Viome is an at-home test kit that pinpoints all the bacteria strains in the gut and also viruses which can be associated with poor health. The results include body, metabolic, and gut scores, along with an overall wellness score.
Our Experience with Viome
Kiran (on our team) and I both did the at home Viome test. There are two parts – first is sending in a stool sample (yes, we did!), which is analyzed and where they get the gut bacteria/microbiome info from. It was easier than I thought, but enough about that. LOL. The second part is a blood sugar test, which is not the same as what you do when you test for gestational diabetes (when pregnant). Instead, you take a fasting blood sugar level, consume a sugary drink they provide, and then test your blood sugar again a few more times over the course of two hours to see how it reacts. This part showed crazy results for Kiran.
Her initial read was at 80. Then thirty minutes after taking the drink, it was at 221. That was her first clue. It was interesting to compare our results to confirm Kiran was definitely off the charts there. Three more reads showed very clearly that her blood sugar is VERY responsive to sugar – too responsive. It was incredibly eye-opening for her!
Kiran’s Viome Results
I’ve asked Kiran to share a little more about her results! Here is what she has to say…
This part was pretty intense. It shows you how the microbes in your gut contribute to the total metabolic activity of your microbiome. You can see how many kinds of organisms you have in your gut compared to other Viome users and whether they are good (i.e. probiotic) or perhaps rare in the general population but high in you. Let’s just say that I had a LONG session on my computer looking up the meaning of these (I had a ton).
My RNA is in the 45th percentile. Yikes. Apparently you want a lower number of RNA, as higher amounts indicate infection or inflammation.
This part really was the cool part for me. Based on your microbiome and your blood sugar test (and a few other questions), they make food recommendations as to what your microbiome will benefit from. For me, I’m supposed to eat 35% protein, 35% fat and 30% complex carbohydrates. But they break it down further, providing a list of your own “superfoods” as well as foods to indulge in, enjoy, minimize, and even avoid.
It’s funny how there is so much information on what’s “good” and what’s “not good” – but when it really comes down to it, food is truly individual.
My (Kiran’s) Thoughts
Funny enough, right before doing Viome, I also saw a doctor who did muscle testing, which is another form of finding sensitivities and is not technologically based. I was beyond pleased to see that the SAME SUGGESTIONS came from both this doctor’s testing and my Viome results. I didn’t want to believe that my body doesn’t “like” grains, or even nuts for that matter. But seeing the same suggestions from both helped me to understand that yes, there really are better and worse foods for each of us individually.
You can also get retested with Viome to see how their suggestions (specific probiotics and supplements designed for you, based on your gut microbiome) are helping. Since I’ve got room to improve, I’ll definitely be doing it again.
Viome was super eye-opening to me, and I love having the information handy in their very user-friendly app. If you want better insight as to which foods your body prefers and which can help you thrive, I highly recommend it. You can save $100 off of your purchase by clicking here. Let me know in the comments if you try it!!