Ready to take the next step in your gut health journey? Find out why you should retest your gut flora with the Atlas Microbiome Test!
You’ve taken your Atlas Microbiome Test, followed your food recommendations and acted on our lifestyle suggestions. Perhaps you have noticed improvements already, in which case, that’s amazing! So what now? It might be time to retest.
Table of contents:
- Test, check, eat, repeat
- Get science on side
- You can’t manage what you don’t measure
- Take the next step in your gut health journey
- Get motivated
- In the meantime
At Atlas, everything we do is guided by a commitment to preventative healthcare. To this end, we want to give people the tools and knowledge to take charge of their health and make informed decisions to benefit their well-being.
The Atlas Microbiome Test gives you a snapshot of your microbiome alongside tailored suggestions to cultivate diversity. To measure the effectiveness of these recommendations, we recommend you take at least two tests in order to track your progress. As we like to put it: test, check, eat, repeat.
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The best way to know if you are making progress is to get a snapshot of your microbiome after following our guidelines.
By comparing your previous results with your new ones, you can see what has improved, what has stayed the same, and where you might need to make some adjustments.
With a second test, you will also receive new recommendations to reflect the current state of your microbiome. You never know; your previous ones may be outdated if your gut bugs have changed!
By generating fresh insights, you can work with your gut bacteria and improve your microbiome further.
If it’s been over two months since your first Atlas Microbiome Test, we recommend that you order another kit; this way, you can measure progress and track the evolution of your microbiome in response to our food recommendations.
What’s more, the microbiome is dynamic and responds to lifestyle, diet, and environmental changes — for example, stress, travel and disrupted sleep are known to impact the composition of our gut bacteria.
With this in mind, it is always good to check in and discover how your microbiome composition looks, especially if it has been a while since you last tested!
Health is a lifelong commitment, and gut health is no different. Whether you received a low, medium or even high diversity score, you can level up your gut and take the next step in your health journey.
Even if you received a high diversity score- and 10 is extremely rare- it is important to maintain your gut diversity and nurture a healthy microbiome.
As we all know, the initial enthusiasm after taking a test can wear off; in the wake of early progress, bad habits resurface and food recommendations are neglected.
By regularly testing your gut microbiome, you will be able to track your progress and see your results in real-time. Often, we find that taking multiple tests can help motivate clients to stay on top of their gut health. Like any goal, results speak volumes and encourage us to persevere.
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If you have only recently taken an Atlas Microbiome Test, there are a few steps you can follow before retesting to push your diversity score upwards.
First and foremost, make sure you check in with your personalised, weekly food recommendations generated to encourage diversity in your microbiome and boost beneficial bacteria.
We recommend you use the recommended food list as a guide when shopping- It's like a nutritionist in your pocket!
What’s more, you can track your meals with our award-winning photo tracking technology on the Atlas app. We’ll even give your dishes a gut-health rating out of ten. We think of it as Instagram for your gut bugs!
Likewise, be sure to follow the general recommendations on your results dashboard, generated from your test results and the lifestyle questionnaire. These suggestions are generated to help you take charge of your health and optimise your wellbeing.
Remember, whilst diet is the primary mechanism for reshaping your gut bacteria, both exercise and sleep patterns are associated with changes in your gut bacteria too.
☝️DISCLAIMER☝This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.