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uBiome-The Key to What Microbes Live in My Gut.

Follow me on my quest to get to the bottom of what bacteria live in my gut.

I’ve read for a long time that everyone should be taking probiotics,  Honestly though, I rarely have any digestion issues, stomach upset, irregular bowel movements or even bloating or gas. At times I think maybe I have a stomach of steel. It could be because I eat a very healthy diet and incorporate a lot of foods with naturally occurring probiotics in them on a regular basis. I’m not sure what resides in my gut. Is it good bacteria, bad bacteria or a mix of the two.

One thing is that I regularly consume fermented foods; kimchi, krauts, pickled products and fermented yogurt products. In fact, there are even times where I eat kimchi and sour kraut for breakfast on top of my eggs.

Probiotics are for people who have chronic gut conditions and weakened immune systems, I thought.

Then I started reading up on probiotics and the gut and realized the havoc that goes on when you take antibiotics. I knew about this. I definitely accepted the idea that everyone should take a round of probiotics once they finish their course of antibiotics. I even did the same thing for my two dogs whenever they finished a round of antibiotics for their chronic ear infections.

So, when I had to go on antibiotics last spring for a root canal I was ready. I loaded up on the probiotics during and after my procedure and felt I’d done my part.

Or, so I thought. I have to admit I did wonder if I had replaced all my gut bacteria which was wiped out by taking probiotics for a few weeks and eating raw goat yogurt.

Is all the fermented food really doing it’s job by bringing in hundreds of strains of bacteria? How will I really know?

uBiome Gut TestThen I heard about uBiome. It’s a way to check out these microbes in your gut. This test actually does a DNA sequencing of your microbes.

It names the microbes and tells you how many you have of each strain. That was exciting to me.

The uBiome Test Kit can be ordered at uBiome.com.

In the meantime I was intrigued by uBiome. I went on line and checked out their site to find out who uBiome was. The test looked pretty simple and user friendly.

Basically you just order a kit, test the site area, send it in and wait six weeks. They had multiple areas of your body you could test but I was just interested in the Gut Test for now.

My test arrived the same week. I read the instructions, which by the way, were simple to understand and even had pictures.

I realized that I would have to wait until the morning to take the sample with my first bowel movement of the day.

For now, I went on line and set up my account. Pretty simple.

Create a log in user name and password. Since I intended to take my sample the following morning I entered that as my sample date. You can always take your sample at a later date if you wish too.

The next morning I took the sample. This might sound a little gross but it was really more like a science experiment. Included in my kit was a sample swab. The test instructions said to swab the toilet paper I had used to include just the slightest change in color on the swab.

I did that. Step two; put the swab in the collection tube and stir it up for a minute. This small vial has some sort of clear liquid in it.

Finally, put on the cap and shake for a minute.

Done.

Next drop it in the pouch and place in the mailer which is already prepaid and addressed to the uBiome lab.

It was so easy!

Next, I just wait for my results.

The instructions say that uBiome will email me when they receive my sample and when my results are posted in my account.

I can’t wait. When I get the results I’ll share all the details with you.

Until then, try some kimchi for breakfast.

Why is it Important to Have Good Gut Bacteria During Your Pregnancy?

Where Does our Micro-biome Come From?

Did you know that as an expectant mother it’s even more important to have healthy gut bacteria? We know that having a healthy diet is crucial for a developing baby. What most people don’t know is that our micro-biome, this is our “good gut bacteria”, is passed on to our baby during the birthing process and though our breast milk.

GGS Image BacteriaWe have lots of new information from microbiologist Kiran Krishnan about these important microbes. We love sharing all the latest research with you. Check out our second installment of the Microbiome Series.

Kiran explains that 99.9% of our micro-biome is passed on during the birthing process through the birth canal. There are up to 800 different species of these bacteria found in a mothers breast milk. We think you’ll agree that it’s so important to pass the best possible micro-biome on to your children.

Kiran’s research shows that by the age of 2 1/2  children have established their full adult micro-biome. Lets take a look at the lifestyle factors that can affect the diversity and abundance of these protective organisms in our gut.

 Negative Effects on Good Gut Bacteria During Pregnancy and Childhood

  • Antibiotics wipe out the good bacteria with the bad
  • Fluoride in our drinking water will negatively affect the good gut bacteria
  • Toxic household cleaners should be avoided, check out the EWG guide to see how yours’ are ranked
  • Preservatives in our food are a no no
  • Living too cleanly…let your children get into the dirt and get dirty

Kiran Krishnan, gut bacteria, human microbiome

 

Stay tuned for the next installment in our series of talks with Kiran and learn about the latest research findings on the Human Micro-biome and Perfect Pass Probiotics. Kiran has been studying the micro-biome and researching the effects of Bacillus strain probiotics in over one dozen clinical trials.

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Sheryl Cohen January 11, 2017