The myBioma microbiome analysis team of experts will enlighten you!
We not only drink kombucha with passion, we are also interested in all the important topics relating to intestinal health and everything that goes with it. It was therefore natural to talk to the experts from myBioma and test their myBioma microbiome analysis. Most of all, of course, we are interested in how our kombucha affected our intestines . More on that after the interview!
Who is behind myBioma and how did you come up with a microbiome analysis?
myBioma was founded in 2018 by Dr. Barbara Sladek and Dr. med. univ. Nikolaus Gasche founded. Our founding team has a relevant background in molecular biology and medicine. Barbara Sladek holds a PhD in Biochemistry (Oxford, UK) and a qualified molecular biologist (University of Vienna). Nikolaus Gasche is a doctor and serial entrepreneur.
The first discussions about the importance of the intestinal microbiome were held by Barbara and Nikolaus far away from Vienna in Ghana. Barbara was there as a traveler, Nikolaus as an intern. Three years and many conversations later, they implemented their plan and founded the biotech start-up myBioma with a focus on next-DNA-generation sequencing, a scientific and IT-heavy process.n.
The goal is the importance of the gut microbiome in the foreground to ask and an analysis of gut health as a routine measure to establish.
What does the term microbiome mean??
The microbiome is that Accumulation of the trillion microorganisms that live in and on our body . It mainly consists of bacteria, but also contains fungi, viruses and primordial bacteria. In total, over 30 trillion bacteria from over 1000 types of bacteria live in us more bacteria than our body's own cells to have.
It is fascinating what influence the microbiome has on our overall health: In addition to typical digestive problems such as constipation, diarrhea, flatulence or bloating, complaints with calorie utilization, skin, cardiovascular system, insulin balance or our psyche can also have their cause here. Our microbiome communicates directly with our brain and thus also influences our behavior. It is all the more important to take care of the health of your own microbiome!
The myBioma founding team, Dr. med. univ. Nikolaus Gasche and Dr. Barbara Sladek
What is the difference between myBioma and a conventional stool sample at the doctor's?
What is often asked is why the analysis by the family doctor is cheaper and much faster. That's true, of course, but the doctor's analysis is based on stool cultures. Such cultures are one of the oldest methods of analysis (for 200 years) and are inaccurate in the quantitative detection of different bacteria. In addition, an analysis using stool culture only recognizes 10 different bacterial species on average, whereas the myBioma method (Next Generation Sequencing) can recognize over 1000 different bacterial species. Due to the complexity of next generation sequencing, the analysis is very cost-intensive. However, you also get a completely different result. You not only find out which bacteria live in your own intestines, but also what they are responsible for. The whole thing is clearly presented in an individual microbiome report including suggestions for improvement. We have also developed our own app in which the result can also be called up.
How exactly does the myBioma microbiome analysis work?
We tried to make the process as simple as possible. The kit can be downloaded online from our homepage: www.mybioma.com ordered directly to your home which also makes stool removal pleasant. The sample can therefore be taken in the familiar toilet and sent back to us with a prepaid return envelope. The kit contains precise instructions and Support with stool removal. Then the sample only has to be activated either on our homepage or in the app. We always give status updates where the sample is currently located. Once we have received the sample, we will pass it on directly to our partner laboratory, which is located at the Vienna General Hospital. We also work together with the Medical University of Vienna. Here the stool is sequenced, which can take up to 6 weeks. Then we get a huge data set, which our bioinformaticians prepare clearly so that one can Health report of your own microbiome receives. You can also take a look at our sample report here.
What tips do you give your testers for an unbalanced microbiome??
First of all: We do not recommend probiotics, medication or other miracle pills. With the right foods and lifestyle, we can feed and multiply the right bacteria so that they can work for us again. Generally speaking, a healthy lifestyle has a positive effect on our microbiome, at myBioma we summarize five pillars of a healthy intestinal microbiome: First and foremost, nutrition. It is not only the quality of our food that counts, but above all how we eat. Eating too quickly can stress our intestines, which is where we come to the second point:: Stress is one of the number 1 causes of illness in our society and also our microbiome is negatively influenced by it. Another important aspect is that regular exercise which activates our intestines and best in the fresh air. Get enough sleep is also good for our microbiome. Last but not least, toxins such as alcohol, nicotine and medication should be mentioned, which should be avoided as far as possible. In the microbiome report, everyone receives scientifically based nutritional suggestions that are easy to integrate into everyday life, based on their results. For example, to strengthen the intestinal-brain axis, it is important to incorporate omega-3 fatty acids into your diet. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce the risk of diseases that are related to the brain and promote positive intestinal bacteria. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in oily fish such as trout, salmon and sardines, avocado, spinach, nuts and seeds and also in cold-pressed organic olive oil.
What kind of nutrition can support the microbiome??
A diverse and varied diet mostly vegetables & fruit is the best choice to feed our good gut bacteria. Proper nutrition lays the foundation for a healthy microbiome. It is also important sufficient prebiotics and probiotics from natural sources to integrate.
Prebiotics are non-digestible food ingredients that are helpful by specifically stimulating the growth of the good intestinal bacteria. Prebiotic foods are e.g. onions, garlic, Jerusalem artichokes, leeks, asparagus, beans, bananas, chicory, artichokes, dandelions, apples, linseed or cabbage vegetables.
Probiotics are live microorganisms that are added to various foods. They have health-promoting effects and are, for example, in natural yoghurt (unsweetened!), Sauerkraut or Kombucha contain.
How do you feel about fermented foods like kombucha, these can improve intestinal health?
Fermented foods like kombucha contain different strains of bacteria that can support the regeneration of the intestines. It has also been proven, for example, that such bacteria change brain activity with regard to stress and emotion regulation and thus lead to an improvement in the antioxidant status. This in turn influences the balance of the insulin balance. So we think fermented foods are awesome and we recommend them in our report for various ailments.
If you have psychological problems, would you recommend a microbiome analysis to rule out a possible imbalance in the intestine?
Of course, we always recommend contacting a doctor if you have serious problems. Nevertheless, it can be useful to take a look at the microbiome in the event of mental problems. The intestine is home to over 100 million nerve cells that lead to the brain. There are even more nerve cells than all those that lead from the brain to the entire body. This means that the intestine is in a constant exchange of information with the brain. The nervous system of the intestine uses the same neurotransmitters (information transmitter between cells) as the brain and neurotransmitters play an important part in mental illnesses such as depression. The metabolism of the bacteria in the digestive tract can disturb the balance of brain messenger substances such as noradrenaline, dopamine or serotonin and thus affect the state of mind.
We have also devoted ourselves to this topic in our report, so that with myBioma you can also learn more about your own gut-brain axis.
My experiences with the myBioma microbiome analysis!
I actually had the pleasure of testing the myBioma microbiome analysis myself. The test in combination with the very well structured app was really interesting. Because interesting questions about different eating habits and complaints etc. are asked in advance.
After I had sent the sample, I was eagerly awaiting my result and was regularly informed about the latest status of the sample.
My personal microbiome report then turned out to be above average. The microbial composition, diet and food utilization, and health were excellent. In addition, the composition of the bacteria is listed in detail. My biodiversity and probiotic bacteria are also above average for many.
I am very happy to have one with me balanced diet in combination with kombucha for a healthy intestinal microbiome seems to worry. The app also offers important tips for working against a wide variety of complaints and takes the user by the hand in really great detail. Here are a few excerpts from my personal test. However, that is really only a very small part of the complex analysis.
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Thank you for reading!