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?
Then 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.
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.
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.