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Balance in your gut microbiome is key to your general wellbeing

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Get a clear picture of your gut microbiome

Your microbiome is the community of organisms living in and on your body. Every person’s microbial community is unique and includes an individualised balance of both desirable and less-beneficial microorganisms. This balance can play a significant role in your overall wellbeing.

Gut bacteria specialists are constantly discovering important new connections between microbiome and general health. Among other things, your gut microbiome can affect your immune system, cardiovascular system and your mental health.

When you understand the unique balance of your gut microbiome, you can take informed steps to maintain or improve the makeup of your microbial community.

Introducing Microba Insight™—the microbiome test kit and discovery portal for detailed insights into your gut

Microba Insight™ helps you understand and improve your unique gut microbiome through the most advanced genome sequencing technology available.

Once you’ve completed your microbiome test, we provide a detailed picture of the microbial community in your gut. The results are clear, concise, and easy to understand.

Here’s how to test, understand, and improve the balance of your gut bacteria:

  1. Get the Microba Insight Sampling Kit. The test is easy to complete, non-invasive, and discreet.
  2. Learn about your results in the Microba Discovery Portal. Enjoy convenient access to a portal hosting your personalised reports in a secure environment. We make your microbiome test results easy to digest, so you can clearly understand the insights.
  3. Monitor your microbiome results over time and discover potential strategies to better balance your unique microbial excesses or deficiencies.

Once you have the clear picture of your gut, you can make changes to improve wellbeing

With unique, detailed and easy-to-understand reports—featuring interactive tools, graphs, and animations—you can make positive, informed lifestyle changes with the guidance of your health professional.

Using the latest microbiome research techniques, we develop insights unique to you, so you can make changes through:

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Diet

“You are what you eat”: it’s never truer than in reference to your gut microbiome. The composition of your microbiome can change depending on the types of food you eat. For example, eating more fibre encourages the growth of beneficial bacteria. These changes in turn affect your overall wellbeing.

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Exercise

Physical activity can also have an impact on your microbiome. For example, a recent study showed regular exercise increased the production of short chain fatty acids by gut microbes. When people exercised less, or not at all, these benefits disappeared.

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Probiotics

By choosing to introduce beneficial bacteria, you can encourage the production of anti-inflammatory compounds, essential vitamins, and even antimicrobials. Fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, yoghurt, buttermilk, and kefir contain beneficial bacteria.

Why Microba is uniquely powerful

With a detailed and highly-individualised portrait of your gut microbiome, you have the power to make positive changes. Microba Insight™ is one of the only microbiome research companies in the world capable of providing that whole picture.

Many other services and microbiome testing companies use a form of analysis called 16S rRNA testing. This gut bacteria testing method does not provide high-resolution identification of microorganisms, can be subject to bias, is only able to detect well-studied bacteria, and it cannot provide information about the way each microorganism potentially functions or contributes to your wellbeing.

Microba uses the most advanced method available, called metagenomic sequencing. This creates a larger amount of data, providing a comprehensive, high-resolution picture of all of the microorganisms present—including bacteria, archaea, fungi, and protists.

 

A bigger picture provides clearer direction

Our approach to microbiome testing is reliable, repeatable science. It gives you detailed information on a comprehensive range of microorganisms, at the species level.

The limited scope of other gut bacteria tests can provide varying results between different laboratories. As a result, you may miss vital pieces of your personal microbiome jigsaw.

When you understand the science, the choice is easy.

Learn the science behind Microba Insight™

Understanding your microbiome results

Understand your results, learn the latest science

With your detailed personal results and the valuable research information available in your Discovery Portal, you will be able to enhance the strengths and explore the weaknesses of your gut microbiome.

Reports highlight your results in comparison to normal ranges, to clearly highlight potential problems. You can:

  • Download your reports to share them with a health practitioner
  • Access the portal at any time to track your journey
  • Learn more information from emerging science and gut bacteria specialists as it is released

What your microbiome test results will reveal

Using our unique metagenomics sequencing methods and the expert analysis of our scientists, we create a personalised report to show you:

The members of your microbial community:

  • A comprehensive list of the bacteria in your gut, and the abundance of each microorganism
  • Clear identification of potentially beneficial or problematic bacteria
  • Easy-to-understand descriptions of your gut microbes
  • The presence of key fungi and parasites
  • Identification of bacteria commonly used as probiotics
  • The overall diversity of your microbiome
  • Your predicted microbiome age.

What your microbial community is capable of:

  • The potential for each microbiome to digest carbohydrates, protein, and fat
  • The potential of your microbiome to produce essential vitamins
  • Personalised dietary suggestions to promote healthy microbiome.

How your microbial community compares to others:

  • A comprehensive outline of your unique microbiome features
  • The way your results compare to different groups of people based on categories such as diet, age, and fitness.

How does the sampling kit work?

1   |   Order your kit

Once you have ordered your kit, you’ll be sent an email to create a Microba Discovery Portal account. In the Portal, you will be able to redeem your microbiome testing kit and have it dispatched to your door.

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2   |   Record your sample

You’ll receive your testing kit in the mail with detailed instructions on how to provide a sample. It’s quick, simple and safe. Just use the swab to collect a tiny amount of faecal matter from your toilet paper.

Send your gut test sample

3   |   Send your sample and wait for your detailed insights

We provide a Reply-Paid envelope for you to return your sample. We will keep you notified on the progress of your sample via email.

Your order microbiome testing kit will be dispatched as soon as possible. This usually takes 4-6 days. We will email you once your kit has been sent.

It takes between 4-6 weeks to process and analyse a sample once we receive it in our lab. During this time, we will keep you up to date by sending emails along the way, including when we receive your sample in our lab and when your results are ready to view online. Additionally, once created, you can log into your account at any time in the Microba Discovery Portal to view the progress of your sample.

The Microba Insight™ Report provides personalised dietary suggestions to promote the growth of beneficial bacteria and reduce the growth of less desirable bacteria. If you have a medical condition or take regular medication, it is important to speak to your medical practitioner before making significant changes to your diet.

Our vision is to improve your life through a deeper understanding of your unique gut microbiome

Your Contribution

You have the opportunity to contribute to important research about how the human gut microbiome influences health by participating in a further questionnaire about your health and wellbeing that can be matched to your microbiome analysis. Human microbiome research has exciting potential to diagnose disease and discover new therapies.

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We conduct our business in a socially responsible, ethical, and scientifically rigorous manner. We respect the law and regulatory requirements. We aim to improve individual wellbeing and benefit the communities where we work.

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Our Team

Professor Philip Hugenholtz

Founder

Professor Gene Tyson

Founder

Blake Wills

CEO

Professor Ian Frazer

Director

Dr Alena Pribyl

Senior Scientist & Research Officer

Dr David Wood

Lead Bioinformatician

Dr Nicola Angel

Head of Laboratory Operations

Adam Skarshewski

Lead Developer

Dr Luke Holtham

Chief Partnerships & Corporate Development Officer

Daniela Sanders

Regulatory Affairs Adviser