The Atlas Microbiome Test: Coming To The United States Soon

The Atlas Microbiome Test: Coming To The United States Soon

The evidence suggests that Americans eat insufficient fibre and a glut of processed foods, which have dire consequences for their microbiome and overall health. In the leadup to our U.S. launch, we want to highlight the extent of the issue and demonstrate how an Atlas Microbiome Test can empower you to better health in the bowel and beyond.



Atlas is crossing the pond

After much demand, we are excited to announce that our Microbiome Test will be available in the United States soon! More details will follow in the coming months, so keep your eyes peeled!

The human microbiome

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You play host to trillions of microbes on and in your body, with the largest community residing in your large intestine.

Weighing around 3lbs, your commensal gut bacteria act as an "organ" in the body, influencing your immune, metabolic and digestive health.

Researchers agree that a diverse and balanced microbiome is ideal, protecting against pathogens, nourishing the intestinal lining and reducing inflammation.

On the contrary, a microbiome low in diversity and enriched with inflammatory gut bugs (dysbiosis) is linked to multiple conditions such as obesity, depression and inflammatory bowel disease.

The Standard American Diet: A SAD diet leads to sad microbes

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Your gut plays host to a kaleidoscopic selection of microbes, most of them beneficial, some neutral and a few which are harmful.

Unlike your genes, the microbiome is dynamic, meaning it can be shaped by your lifestyle and dietary habits.

So what foods can help encourage a healthy microbiome? In short, beneficial bacteria thrive on plant-based fibre, fermenting them to produce anti-inflammatory compounds such as butyrate.

Research suggests that these short-chain fatty acids can nourish the gut lining, reducing your risk of colorectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease.

With this in mind, the most microbiome-friendly diet is one rich in a colourful variety of fruit, veg, legumes, nuts and whole grains.

The Standard American Diet refers to the average U.S. citizen's long-term eating patterns. In scientific research, it's become a byword for unhealthy western eating habits.

The SAD is characterised by a high intake of processed foods, refined carbs, saturated fats, red meat and free sugars, increasing your risk of heart disease, obesity and bowel cancer.

Moreover, it's also low in fibre, which can starve beneficial bacteria and reduce diversity in your gut microbiome.

The following statistics spell out the extent of such eating habits in the States:

Research shows that the Western microbiome- and the American microbiome in particular- is less diverse than its non-western counterparts.

One study even found that non-western migrants moving to the U.S. experienced a significant reduction in microbiome diversity and beneficial bacteria!

Change is in order.

Turn that frown upside down with the Atlas Microbiome Test!

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We leverage the latest microbiome research to offer personalised health solutions- informed by your genes.

Designed and overseen by a team of international experts, the Atlas Microbiome Test gives you a window into the microbial world within you.

Your gut can talk; let us translate

Using 16S rRNA sequencing, we build a snapshot of your microbiome from bacterial genes in your stool.

Among over 20 unique health reports, you will discover the proportion of good/bad bacteria in your gut microbiome, their overall diversity and how well your gut bugs support your immune and digestive health.

Drawing on the latest scientific research, we'll generate your risk score for five microbiome-related conditions, including Crohn's and ulcerative colitis.

Whilst the test isn't diagnostic, it can help anticipate health risks and be a siren call for change. You'll also learn:

  • The ability of your unique gut bugs to digest lactose and gluten
  • How well your microbiome protects against inflammation
  • Your gut bugs' ability to digest fibre

Better still, Atlas will send you weekly, personalised food recommendations tailored to boost beneficial bacteria, cultivate diversity and garden your gut for health!

The Award-Winning* Atlas Health App: personalised healthcare at your fingertips

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Here at Atlas, we champion preventative healthcare, leveraging the latest research and technology to help you lead a healthier, happier life.

Nothing demonstrates this better than the Atlas mobile app, an innovative health solution that places healthcare in your hands- literally.

All of your health data is accessible via the Atlas Health App, a control centre where you can manage your results, monitor personalised recommendations and track your dietary changes with our award-winning AI technology.

If you've ever used a food log, you'll know it can be tiresome to manually input every individual ingredient.

Well, we have a solution for that: the Atlas Health app allows you to log your meals automatically by simply taking a picture.

Better still, it'll give each dish a gut health rating out of 10, helping you to steer clear of the Standard American Diet and any associated health issues!

We like to think of it as Instagram for your gut bugs, helping you to start a dialogue with your microbial residents.

*First place for Personalised Nutritional Initiative at the Nutraingredients Awards 2021

WHY ATLAS?

Empowering: An Atlas home test can inspire you into positive lifestyle change with personalised healthcare solutions informed by genes. With our test, you can start a dialogue with your body and begin your health journey with confidence.

Educational: Here at Atlas, we firmly believe that the best way to promote health is to help people understand why they get sick in the first place. To this end, each report in the Atlas Dashboard is accompanied by a short description of what the score means, why it's important and a list of scientific papers relevant to the result.

Evidence-based: The Atlas Microbiome Test is designed and overseen by an international team of experts. All of our data is based on verified scientific studies and undergoes rigorous assessment by our scientific board- no fads, just hard facts.

Established: Atlas is a renowned European biomedical company stocked by iconic retailers such as Selfridges and Holland & Barrets. We've also been featured on prominent media outlets such as The Guardian, BBC Radio 4 and The Mirror.

Science is dynamic, and so are we: Here at Atlas, we constantly review your results to ensure they reflect the latest scientific findings. Where this is not the case, we perform retroactive updates, meaning an Atlas test is for life (at no extra cost to the user!).

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☝️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.

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