My Viome Results: a discussion

 

In my last post I talked about the importance of the diversity of the gut bacteria with regards to health and longevity. In this post I will share with you some of the insights I received about my own gut health, after reviewing my Viome results. I learned that my microbiome is “a little out of balance” and that my metabolic fitness and inflammatory activity are in the medium range. I have average beneficial microbial activity, relatively low unhealthy microbial activity, and an average variety of microbial activities. So what's my interpretation of all that?

Well as I believe I follow a fairly healthy lifestyle, I expected to be above average, so this has definitely inspired me to focus on areas for improvement. It isn't the first alarm bell sounding recently either. A week or so before I donated a stool sample to Viome, I had my C Reactive Protein (CRP) measured, which came back as a whopping 5 milligrams per liter (mg /L). CRP is an inflammatory marker and...

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