When I was way younger, I hated taking a dump. I hated it so much that I would average one bowel movement per week. Frankly, I’m not sure if I would poop once a week because I hated to or because poor nutrition and lack of exercise lead to a lack of bowel movements. The rest of the time, I would hold it all in. When I finally did use the restroom, I would have some severe constipation where I felt like an elephant was struggling to get out of my ass.
At one point, it got so bad that my mom took me to the doctor who recommended doing a colonoscopy. I was only 16-years-old at the time. Aren’t colonoscopies for older men and women over 50? After doing the colonoscopy, the doctor claimed that I had very large intestines which made my bowel movements less frequent than average, but I soon realized that the real culprit was a complete lack of exercise, terrible nutrition, and the fact that my body had appeared to become accustomed to bowel movements once a week.
Nowadays, I have a bowel movement about twice a day on average and I rarely get constipated because I eat pretty well and exercise very regularly.
Now, I understand this idea that your gut is a great indicator of your overall health. Apparently, there is also a relationship between your gut and your brain. So I recently ordered one of those gut tests where they send you a kit in the mail and have you send them back a labeled vial containing a small sample of your poop.
I sent in the vial towards the end of April and received the results online towards the end of May. The whole process took about a month.
Now, what did the results of the test tell me?
- My “gut wellness score”
- My “gut diversity score”
- Deficiencies that I have in certain bacteria and resulting issues
- Food recommendations based on the deficient bacteria
- A list of all my gut bacteria and their percentages of the total composition
Gut Wellness Score
Gut Diversity Score
Deficiencies in Bacteria
This is the most useful portion of the results since I am told what problems I am likely to experience given the gut bacteria found in my poop. Certain bacterial deficiencies increase the likelihood of certain health problems. Here is mine:
- More likely to have abdominal pain – Faecalibacterium
- More likely to feel beset by worries – Bacteroides, Bifidobacterium
- More likely to feel bloated – Faecalibacterium
- More likely to have constipation – Bifidobacterium
- More likely to feel fatigued and tired – Bacteroides, Bifidobacterium, Faecalibacterium, Ruminococcus
- More likely to have itchy and dry skin – Ruminococcus
- More likely to have trouble maintaining a healthy weight – Bifidobacterium, Alistipes
Based on my bacterial deficiencies, recommendations are provided in order to improve my gut health. These recommendations can come in the form of certain vegetables, fruits, legumes, meats, herbs, spices, juices, or grains.
List of Gut Bacteria
This list of all bacteria along with the percentage composition that was found in my sample can also be useful since I can do my own research on each bacterium to find out the existence of each one impacts my health.
Overall, I think it was worth it to do this test because it provided a ton of insight that I can use to make actual changes in my diet. The test only cost me $80.53 after using the code “thegutclub30” to save.