In the past, people used to fantasize about being able to see what’s going on inside our bodies at the cellular level. Movies like 1966’s Fantastic Voyage and 1987’s Innerspace imagined what it would be like to shrink submarines down to microscopic size, and explore the inside of a human body. But as of 2020, such fantasies might no be longer necessary. Seriously.
While miniaturization is still the stuff of sci-fi, scientists have developed incredibly advanced testing procedures powered on AI analytics capable of giving us amazing snapshots of our cellular and microbial health.
And now, thanks to the Health Intelligence Service from Viome, anybody can make use of this amazing technology to look after their own health.
Viome first achieved notoriety in science and health circles for their groundbreaking Gut Intelligence Service, which focused specifically on what’s going on inside the human gut microbiome. Now they’ve created an even more advanced service called the Health Intelligence Service that's taking nutrition-based healthcare to a whole new level.
When you subscribe to Viome’s Health Intelligence Service, you’ll be sent two easy-to-use at home tests. One's a stool test used to map out your gut microbiome, and the other's a blood test used to measure and analyze your RNA.
Viome’s microbiome test is kind of like a DNA test, only instead of mapping out genes, it maps out the organisms in your gut. The gut (also known as the gut microbiome) is the community of symbiotic bacteria and other microorganisms that live in the digestive tract. Over the last few decades, scientists discovered how this ecosystem plays a significant role in our overall health. When the microbes in your gut are out of balance, your body can't absorb nutrients the way it should. Recent research linked the gut microbiome to a number of specific diseases and conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, obesity and weight management, sleep, and mental clarity. The gut microbiome is also closely interconnected with the immune system, with studies showing a clear link between diet and innate immunity.
Using something called advanced metatranscriptomic sequencing, Viome identifies and quantifies every strain and species in your gut and determines what nutrients and toxins they are producing.
Then, they run your results through an advanced artificial intelligence engine, cross referencing them with a huge database of information to arrive at personalized food recommendations designed to increase microbial species associated with overall wellness; minimize microbial species associated with poor health; create the ideal ratio of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats for your body; identify foods that are most compatible with your metabolism; help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight; and increase your energy, focus, and well-being. Your microbiome test results are also used to provide over 20 different health insight scores evaluating things like digestive efficiency, inflammatory activity, and metabolic fitness.
The other test included in Viome’s Health Intelligence Service is a blood test that measures your RNA. RNA is an indicator of how your genes are expressed in your cells and mitochondria, which is the powerhouse of the cell. By analyzing your RNA, Viome can determine how well your cells and mitochondria are working. Poor mitochondrial function means cells don’t have enough energy to repair themselves and has been linked to aging, poor metabolism, cardiovascular health, and brain health. Meanwhile, poor cellular health has been linked to low energy, poor stress response, inflammation, and immune response, among other things.
Viome’s RNA test results are used to provide an additional 30 health insight scores, measuring things like overall mitochondrial health, overall cellular health, stress response, biological age, and immune system health. Then their AI engine analyzes your scores, runs them against the Viome database, and tells you which foods are your superfoods, which foods you should minimize, which foods you should avoid, and which supplements you should take. Following these recommendations can improve your mental clarity, immunity, mood, weight, sleep, energy levels, and of course your digestive wellness.
When it comes to your health, you can either sit around and wait for bad things to happen, or you can be proactive and make sure you are giving your body exactly what it needs to function at its best. Viome’s Health Intelligence Service is specifically designed to help you do the latter. By analyzing what’s going on in your gut and in your cells, and giving your explanations that you can actually understand, it gives you the knowledge you need to take action.
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