How does a Microbiome test help map your wellness?

Wellness is easier to achieve when you have access to powerful personalized data about your own body that can impact your day-to-day life (energy, sleep, weight, cognition). Microbiome testing (also known as gut flora testing) is a relatively recent phenomenon that has received a great deal of attention over the past few years. Navipoint Health has collaborated with renowned researchers from over 100 leading institutions to deliver precise insights to your doorstep. You can now purchase testing kits that access your gut quotient from the convenience of your own home and discover life-changing insights about your body.

What is gut microbiota?

Microbiota refers to all the microorganisms found in an environment which include bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Your gut microbiome is the community of trillions of microorganisms that inhabit your body. When these microorganisms are out of balance, your body cannot absorb the nutrients the way it should. These little bugs thrive by forming a symbiotic relationship with the host. This bacterial species plays a crucial role in your health.

Before we dive into the role of the human gut microbiota and it’s correlation to our overall physical and mental health, let’s understand gut dysbiosis.

Gut dysbiosis (imbalance in gut bacteria composition) is linked with a wide range of health concerns, such as poor nutrient absorption, poor digestive health, reduced immunity, cancer, skin/hair problems, and issues in mental health. In simple words, having a diverse, rich bacterial flora in the gut is beneficial for your health.

If you have irregular bowel movements, frequent constipation, or periodic diarrhea, you could be sensitive to certain foods. Constant bloating, heartburn, occasional nausea, and stomach pain are also signs that your gut balance is out of order.

Have you tried most over-the-counter medications, jumped on the gluten-free fad wagon, eliminated meat, dairy, and more without much luck? You need to stop looking outside, and turn your search inwards!

You would wonder why you suddenly can’t process certain foods well, even when you have eaten them most of your life. The answer is – your gut microflora continues to alter every few years. As we age, our body’s internal ways of processing food and releasing energy are also impacted.

My friend can eat 6 meals a day and not gain a pound. Whereas, if I look at food, I add an inch to my waist. What’s up with that?

I used to be able to party 4 times a week and be just fine Monday morning! Not so much anymore. Can you bring me back to my glory days?

I’ve been a vegetarian my whole life, have gone vegan for a while, tried gluten-free diets, gave a low carb diet a chance – none really seemed to move the needle? What’s different here?


Let’s take a quick look at what gut microbiota does for us:

  1. Promotes resilient brain functioning
  2. Breaks down carbohydrates and other foods
  3. Makes hormones, proteins and vitamins
  4. Maintains the gut lining
  5. Regulates your mood 
  6. Balances your body’s immune response

Why is a microbiome test important?

A microbiome test reveals the diversity and composition of different types of bacteria and microbes that inhabit your large intestine. While all healthy microbes look and act differently, diversity is the only one thing you want! Navipoint Health offers a dual DNA + Gut Microbiome testing kit which is an excellent tool for improving your overall health and well being. Your stool and saliva samples are studied in an NABL accredited laboratory to analyse your genetics and the microorganisms that make up your gut. By understanding your gut composition, we can offer insights into your metabolism, nutrition, lifestyle and fitness. 

The gut microflora can either be healthy or unhealthy. The good guys control digestion and support the immune system while bad guys contribute to weight gain, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar. By undertaking the test, you can understand three key aspects of your life and body:

Food & Nutrition:

  • Know your body’s requirement for various vitamins, omega-3 and other nutrients
  • Discover superfoods to include and foods to avoid that your gut lining cannot sustain
  • Dietary recommendations outlined in a food pyramid suited to your body
  • Identify your sweet and bitter taste predisposition

Physical & Mental Health:

  • Discover your brain’s ability to learn, remember and respond to stress.
  • Know if your gut has enough Serotonin to prevent neuropsychiatric imbalances
  • Overcome fitness plateaus and lose weight sustainably by understanding your muscle composition, bone health, muscle recovery and exercise response
  • Use biological age prediction to find out if your body is ageing faster than it should
  • Discover your susceptibility to sports injury

Disease Prevention

  • Reduce your risk of digestive problems
  • Reduce frequent illnesses by bolstering your immunity
Besides the aforementioned, gut microbiome testing also helps identify your body’s response mechanism to over 80 illnesses and medical conditions:
DIET & NUTRITION:
– Macronutrient and micronutrient needs 
– Food allergies and intolerances
– Dietary and taste preferences
– Risk for deficiencies
MENTAL & PHYSICAL FITNESS
– Behavioural tendencies such as addiction & stress response
– Personality, cognition and learning
– Risk for psychiatric disorders

GUT HEALTH:
– Digestive health and enzyme function 
– Richness and diversity of gut bacteria 
– Risk for inflammatory bowel disorders
IMMUNITY:
– Autoimmunity and related conditions 
– Susceptibility for infections and seasonal illness
– Risk for chronic issues such as asthma
GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT:
– Hormonal balance and endocrine factors 
– Metabolic wellness
– Risk for metabolic issues like obesity
Other Illnesses and Health Risks Covered (for child wellness) :
1. ADHD
2. Asthma
3. Autism
4. Dyslexia
5. Juvenile diabetes
6. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
7. Ulcerative Colitis
8. Bipolar Disorder
9. Schizophrenia
10. Anorexia
11. Depression
12. Hypothyroidism
13. PCOS
14. Endometriosis
15. Pubertal timing
16. Celiac Disease
17. Allergies – Peanut, Egg, Milk etc.
18. Childhood obesity
19. Flu susceptibility
20. Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
21. Eczema
22. Psoriasis
23. Myopia
24. Chronic Kidney Disease
25. Histamine Intolerance
26. Epilepsy
27. Hyperthyroidism
28. Chronic Kidney Disease
29. Chronic Periodontitis
30. Crohn’s Disease
31. Constipation
32. Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)
33. Migraine

Does the gut microbiome change over time?

Yes, absolutely! The human gut microbiome is very dynamic and changes depending on the diet you ingest or the environment you inhabit. Several factors such as age, supplements, health status, antibiotic usage also have a considerable impact on the microbiome composition. A healthy gut is a building block for sound human health and mental health.

You may wonder, if  my microbiome changes every few days or weeks, how long does it take to restore a healthy gut?

Our research over the past 8 years has shown us that caring for your gut is an ongoing process. Experts universally agree that eating a balanced diet rich in a variety of nutritious foods accompanied by a healthy lifestyle done sustainably over a long period of time helps restore the gut. By exercising regularly, sleeping adequately, and managing stress levels for a minimum of 3-6 months, you will start to see a shift in your overall mental health. In other words, the relationship between the gut microbiome and human health is that of nurturing one another.

Is the gut microbiome also dependent on our genetics?

Partly, yes! Some gut microbiome factors are heritable. Our research shows that certain variations in host DNA can influence the abundance of gut bacteria. However, environmental factors also play a huge role in determining your microbiome composition.

Key Takeaways

  • Precision health is the future of wellness. Gone are the days of one-size-fits-all. Healthcare is all about taking actions that align best with your body. 
  • All diseases begin in the gut. Each time you consume antibiotics, you’re also losing some of the good bacteria, which can take up to six months to restore. 
  • You are what you eat. Your gut lining (and microbiota) thrive on your food. As you alter your diet, from vegan to animal or paleo – your gut microbiota changes too. 
  • Addictions are more likely to be linked to genes – sugar, alcohol and even nicotine!
Throw the guesswork out and take agency over your personal wellness by booking your at-home testing kit at www.navipointhealth.com  

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