Review of Ixcela Gut Microbiome Test

I Took a Microbiome Test to Check My Gut Health and the Results Were Fascinating

Lisa Cypers Kamen, Thrive Global

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Thrive Global author Lisa Cypers Kamen writes about the importance of a healthy gut microbiome and covers what happens in the gut, testing the microbiome, and optimizing gut health. The author also reveals some results from her own Ixcela test, which showed decreased energetic efficiency.

“I find great relief in knowing that customized solutions that help me be at my best are a possible—and affordable—solution for my health.”

The author talks with Ixcela co-founder and biochemist Dr. Erika Ebbel Angle about the science behind the Ixcela test.

“The Ixcela test measures for twelve different molecules. We created this test around the findings of our company’s other co-founder, Dr. Wayne Matson, based on his 30+ years of research with renowned organizations such as Duke, Harvard, Mayo, and NASA. What we ultimately tapped into after processing 40,000+ samples was that in many neurodegenerative diseases the same compounds kept coming up over and over again as being statistically relevant.”

This article presents an overview of how the gut (or “second brain”) affects overall health, and mentions several illnesses that have been linked to gut health: autoimmune disorders, heart problems, gastrointestinal issues, diabetes, and some types of cancers and mental health problems.

“Thanks to growing acceptance about the gut’s role in the body’s function, important and relevant research is now being conducted that offers a lot of promise—and even more than that—has already offered relief and eradication of certain conditions.”

The author also offers advice to readers who are interested in improving their health by focusing on the fitness of their gut microbiomes.

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This article was originally published on April 2, 2018.