The gut microbiome is the set of microorganisms that reside in the gastrointestinal tract. These billions of microorganisms are (mostly) very useful and important for your wellbeing.
How do all these bacteria affect your health?
Gut bacteria contribute to your digestion and offer protection against pathogens. Research into the composition of the gut microbiome has yielded a lot of information. Changes in the gut microbiome can be associated with many different allergies and conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease. The gut microbiome composition also seems to affect our mood, immunity and weight. There are even clear indications for a relationship between a disturbed microbiome and the risk of various forms of cancer, cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
NL-Lab has developed a new way of gut microbiome analysis, based on the latest scientific insights. We approache the gut microbiome completely different, using patented, advanced algorithms and fluorescent detection technology to map the bacteria in the gut microbiome.
Unique to this program is that all living microorganisms in the gut are measured. In addition to providing complete insight into the composition, our method also provides insight into the group of bacteria that do not fall within the analyzed bacterial groups. So we also measure the organisms that would be missed by other detection methods. This provides a fair result and contributes to the predictive value of gut microbiome research.