How to Track Metabolism

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| Jules Walters | Nov. 20, 2022 |

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Consumer science breakthrough

An exciting breakthrough in consumer science is the emergence of metabolism trackers like Viome and Lumen.

Viome analyzes what kinds of microbiomes are in our gut. Lumen measures the amount of carbon dioxide in our breath to show from what food groups we are producing energy.

Beginning of a new era in gut health

Scientists believe we are at the start of a revolution in understanding how our microbiome influences our health. 

Our microbiome, as the name suggests, is the tiny world of microorganisms, like bacteria and viruses, that live on our skin and inside our digestive tract; basically living in the interface between our bodies and the outside world.

Just over a decade ago, we didn’t know much about this microworld, but DNA sequencing has revealed the typical, healthy makeup of these microorganisms living in and on our bodies. 

Usually, it’s a symbiotic relationship between us and the bugs, with each side benefiting from the partnership. They help keep our biological systems in balance. We give them a home.

A tiny, terrific ecosystem

There are literally TRILLIONS of microbes in our gut alone. Our gut, or digestive tract is 6.5 meters long on average and includes our stomach, and small and large intestines.

Our friendly bugs – or gut flora – have been shown to influence a range of our biological functions; including energy production, blood pressure and sugar control. So it makes sense to measure them.

When our microbiome is out of balance, it can lead to metabolic conditions, like irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease and inflammatory bowel disease. 

We can influence the makeup of our microbiome through diet, sunlight, use of antibiotics and washing.

How clever is your gut?

Viomes’ Gut Intelligence Test is based on sending a stool sample for analysis in the post. Two or three weeks later the results are available on your portal.

The test looks at the DNA from the microbes in our body. They show up in our stools as well. Microbial genes outnumber human genes by 150 to 1!

Metabolic flexibility

Lumen’s portable tracker measures the body’s ability to switch between burning fat and carbohydrates, based on what’s available. The results can help you to adjust your daily diet based on what your body needs.

The benefits of Lumen include losing weight in a more sustainable way, less snacking and boosting your energy and mood.

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