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Kickstart Assessment Program


The Kickstart Assessment Program includes a pinprick blood test to understand what your body needs and a 45-minute results review session from an Ixcela Registered Dietitian on how to get started.

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The Ixcela Kickstart Assessment Program is perfect for the data-driven wellness seeker who wants to feel better and perform their best. The Kickstart Assessment Program offers cutting-edge science paired with the support of an Ixcela Registered Dietitian who will interpret your results and guide you through the next steps based on your results, symptoms, and goals.

Uncover which foods, supplements, and lifestyle habits will help you reduce bloating and GI issues, combat stress and fatigue, or overcome a performance plateau. Ixcela dietitians will help you strike a balance between your body’s unique needs and your daily routine.

This program includes:

  • One Ixcela test kit shipped to your home
    You are unique. Your Ixcela test results will reveal what your body needs to reach your goals and optimize your gut health. The Ixcela test kit is a simple finger-prick blood sample you collect at home.
  • One private 45-minute session with an Ixcela Registered Dietitian to explain your results
    An Ixcela Registered Dietitian will explain your results and prioritize your recommendations based on your health history, goals, preferences, and capacity to implement changes. This 45-minute session is conducted through Zoom to allow for screen sharing and conversation.
  • 30-day access to the Ixcela recipe, mindfulness, and exercise libraries
    The Ixcela experience includes access to libraries that will support your journey. Enjoy 30 days of access to over 300 recipes, over 200 exercise demonstration videos, and dozens of mindfulness resources to help you reach your goals.

Who is this program for?

The Kickstart Assessment Program is a great choice if you:

  • Experience bloating or GI issues and not sure where to begin
  • Struggle with runner’s gut or nausea during racing 
  • Deal with low energy and fatigue
  • Want to know if an imbalance or damaged gut microbiome is causing issues
  • Experience inflammation or slowed recovery
  • Want more data to understand better what to do to improve
  • Are curious about how to optimize your nutrition and supplement routine
  • Are curious about gut health
  • Want to support your longevity


  • For adults 18 years of age or older.
  • Not available in New York.
  • Ixcela samples must be received within 6 months of purchasing Kickstart Assessment Program.

This product is not intended for use in the diagnosis of disease or other conditions, or in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease.

2-Day FedEx shipping is free for U.S. customers. The Ixcela test kit also includes a prepaid FedEx envelope for shipping your sample to the Ixcela lab.

Ixcela can also be sent internationally, but shipping costs are based on where you live. Add the Ixcela product to the cart to view estimated costs for shipping the test kits to your location. You will need to purchase express international shipping separately when sending your samples. Total international shipping costs are approximately $300.

Tips for collecting your sample:

  • Do NOT take acetaminophen/paracetamol (Tylenol, Panadol) 72 hours before collecting your sample.
  • You do not need to fast before taking the Ixcela test. Follow your normal routine.
  • For easier collection, take the test right after showering.
  • Press the top of your hand against a hard surface, such as a table, while you use the lancet. This prevents the flinch reflex.
  • Do NOT remove the desiccant packet from the foil bag.
  • Do NOT remove the sampling tips from the blood collection device (Mitra® Cartridge).
  • Be sure to check the bottom of the sampling tip to make sure there is no white showing. We cannot process the sample if there is not enough blood.
  • Be sure to fill out (or update) your online health profile questionnaire in your Ixcela account.
  • Ship your sample within 24 hours of collection.

This product is not intended for use in the diagnosis of disease or other conditions, or in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease.

Be sure to check the bottom of the sampling tip to make sure there is no white showing. We cannot process the sample if there is not enough blood.

Everyone has life ambitions and goals from starting a family, achieving success in a career, achieving a fitness milestone or just traveling the world. But sometimes our life ambitions get delayed or even derailed by our bodies. Sometimes it can be as simple as bloating and inconvenient bathroom behaviors. For others, it might be more serious health conditions that need to be managed.

Figuring out the root causes can be tricky. Some people spend a lifetime and a small fortune trying to figure this out and still feel frustrated. Other people float from the latest solution to the next without much success.

This is because everyone’s body, especially their gut health, is unique. The more scientists study the gut, the more we realize the significance that gut health has on our overall health, including our mental, emotional and physical fitness and wellbeing. Certain things we eat and drink as well as key missing ingredients can make our gut angry and inflamed, making it hard to live the lives we want to live.

Dr. Erika Ebbel Angle co-founded Ixcela to make this easier to figure out. She received her PhD in Biochemistry from Boston University School of Medicine and a BS in Chemistry from MIT. She worked with Dr. Wayne Matson, PhD who is the Chief Scientist of Ixcela and is known as the father of metabolomics. What they discovered in their work of analyzing over 40,000 samples across numerous disease states is that there were a handful of metabolites that were either risk factors for certain conditions, disease progression markers, or markers of overall health and wellness. When they took a step back to ask: Where do these metabolites come from? They discovered that they were related to the gut microbiome in some way—the metabolites were either produced by special bacteria in the gut, secreted by the gut lining, or regulated by the gut.

Together, Erika and Wayne created the ultimate health assessment tool to benchmark your internal fitness and give you specific and surprisingly simple nutrition, supplement, mindfulness and fitness recommendations to make you feel better near term and be healthier long term. They developed a highly accurate personalized pinprick blood test to measure 11 different metabolite levels in your blood. You receive a kit in the mail, do a quick and easy finger prick to get a few drops of blood to send it in to our proprietary labs. About 10 days later, you get an online score in five areas—Gastrointestinal Fitness, Immuno Fitness, Emotional Balance, Cognitive Acuity, and Energetic Efficiency—as well as an overall score and tailored recommendations about what to do next to help you achieve your goals.

After the test, you connect with a registered dietitian to help you craft a simple action plan of what to keep doing, start doing, and stop doing. Each action plan is tailored to your level of readiness and willingness to take action in how you eat, drink, sleep, exercise and the supplements to take. These experts meet with you via video-conference. If you join one of the 90-day packages, a registered dietitian will design simple steps for you to take, keep you accountable, and help you make course corrections as needed.

Performance athletes found simple changes like avoiding garlic, onions, and peaches to dramatically reduce bloating, improve sleep, and improve athletic performance. Others with chronic conditions changed their diet based on Ixcela and lost 0.4 pounds per day resulting in over 20 pounds lost. Others added a simple 20-minute mindfulness walk per day to reduce brain fog.

Ixcela’s test takes decades of rigorous gut health science and gives you a simple set of scores that you can measure and manage your life with. The program matches you with empathetic experts who help come up with a set of surprisingly simple changes in how you eat, drink, and live that make a dramatic difference in how you feel day to day and also for your long-term health.

The metabolites Ixcela tests include: