Table of Contents
- How do I interpret my results?
- How do I improve my scores?
- I have a good BMI, I am fit, and I eat well. Why do I have a "bad" score?
- What does the microbial butyrate pathway analysis mean?
- Why do my recommendations look similar to other people in my family?
How do I interpret my results?
At Viome, we interpret your results for you.
We have a team full of medical doctors, doctorate scientists, engineers, naturopathic doctors and nutritionists who translate the complexity of your gut microbiome into easy-to-understand wellness recommendations.
We don’t expect our customers to interpret the results themselves.
The sheer volume of meta-transcriptomic data present in each sample is too much to put in an app or on a website. At Viome, our artificial intelligence analyzes all organisms inhabiting your gut and the genes they are expressing. This allows us to map their activity and functions to in-depth microbial pathways.
Many microbes can perform the same function, and each microbe can perform multiple functions. Analyzing the microbial community as a whole is necessary because the activity of one organism often impacts the function of another.
All of this is analyzed by our artificial intelligence platform, and this information is used to generate your results and recommendations.
How do I improve my scores?
If you want to improve your scores, a good first step is to start following your recommended foods and supplements. When you decide to retest, you will get new scores that will reflect the new status of your microbiome.
I have a good BMI, I am fit, and I eat well. Why do I have a "bad" score?
Being physically fit and eating well does not translate 100% into a perfect score. Scores are based on your microbiome--what’s happening on the inside!
You may think you are eating a “perfect” diet, but that may not be the best diet for your gut microbes. With Viome’s food recommendations personalized for your microbiome, you can get your bugs functioning optimally which will translate into a better score.
What does the microbial butyrate pathway analysis mean?
Microbes produce a wide range of products, including a short chain fatty acid called butyrate. Butyrate production is a result of the number of butyrate-producing bacteria you have and how active those microbes are.
If your butyrate production is high, this means your butyrate-producing microbes are working hard and creating a lot of butyrate. This is based on how active your microbes are.
Having a low butyrate producing potential depends on the number of butyrate producers you have living in your gut. If you have fewer butyrate producers than the average person, your potential to produce butyrate would be lower than average as well.
If you have few butyrate-producing species (the number of a species that reflect your potential to create butyrate) that are efficiently working away to produce butyrate (how active those species are) then you could have high butyrate production even though you have less microbes capable of doing so. This translates into high butyrate production but low butyrate producing potential.
For more information about pathway analysis, including butyrate, check out the video below:
Why do my recommendations look similar to other people in my family?
It is not uncommon for family members to have similar microbiomes because the microbiome is influenced by environmental factors. Diet, area of residence, exposure to pets, and overall lifestyle choices tend to be similar within a family. This contributes to the overlap in the species and strains present in each family member’s microbiome. Where the difference is likely to be seen is the amount of each organism and their activity levels.
Because your microbiomes are alike, recommendations for foods also may be similar. Food is complex, with every food item having a number of properties that can be beneficial or detrimental to the host’s microbiome for different reasons.