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Explore your microbiome.

Learn about your microbiome and
join the thousands who have had
their microbiomes sequenced.

For citizen scientists and researchers

uBiome Explorer kits give you access to state-of-the-art tools to learn more about your microbiome. Using advanced DNA sequencing and building on research from the NIH Human Microbiome Project, we’ve perfected the technology to perform large-scale microbiome studies.

Researchers and citizen scientists are able to develop and execute their own independent studies with easy-to-use sampling kits, interactive insights and comparison tools using the world’s largest microbiome database.

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Gut Explorer

Gut Explorer

Sample once to get a snapshot of your gut microbiome.

From just one gut sample, you get a comprehensive breakdown of your microbiome, how it’s functioning, and how it compares to others’.

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Gut Time Lapse Explorer

Gut Time Lapse Explorer

Sample your gut three times: before, during and after a diet or lifestyle change.

Our most popular bundle goes a step further with multiple gut samples, to see how your microbiome changes over time.



A 25% discount off the normal Gut kit, and you get three timepoints for comparison.

How explorer works

1

Buy your kit

Buying your Explorer kit is quick and easy. Simply choose the bundle that works best for you, and we’ll ship it to you!

2

Sample at home

Clear instructions in your kit tell you how to self-sample. It’s fast and private, and takes place in the comfort of your home. Yes, really—check out how easy it is below.

3

Return your sample and get your results

After you collect your sample, stick it in the prepaid envelope and drop it in the nearest mailbox. Once it’s processed in our lab, we’ll send you a link so you can download your test results.

Explorer around the world

Citizen scientists around the world are learning about their microbiomes. Please join us in our discovery process to learn more about the microbiome.

 

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  • 1Sample tube

    This tube contains a special stabilizing fluid that preserves your sample during its journey to our laboratory.

  • 2Two sterile swabs

    Use these to take your sample.

  • 3Replacement sample tube

    Use this as a replacement only if you spill or lose your sample tube.

  • 4Sample return bag

    Place your sample in this bag before putting it into the return mailer.

  • 5Return mailer

    Your sample tube and return bag go inside the return mailer. Postage is prepaid by uBiome.

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  • 15 sample tubes

    These tubes represent one for each sampling site: gut, mouth, nose, genitals and skin.

  • 2Six sterile swabs




    Use these to take your sample.

  • 3Replacement sample tube

    Use this as a replacement only if you spill or lose your one of your sample tubes.

  • 4Sample return bag

    Place your samples in this bag before putting it into the return mailer.

  • 5Return mailer

    Your sample tubes and return bag go inside the return mailer. Postage is prepaid by uBiome.

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    Exploring your results

    Improve your lifestyle by understanding your flora

    Immediately after we’ve processed your sample, you’ll receive an email containing a secure online link to your results. Then you can view it confidentially at the time that’s right for you.

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    “I’m having my microbiome tested with uBiome. It’s the future.”

    Tim Ferriss Entrepreneur, New York Times Best-Selling Author, and Microbiome Geek

     

    Did you know? You can monitor your microbiome.

    Learn much more about your microbiome. Once a month, once a quarter or as often as you see fit, you can discover how your microbes change over time.

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    Interested in more than exploration?

    Our healthcare provider-ordered SmartGut test may be right for you.

    Looking for actionable insights? Need a test that detects beneficial and pathogenic microorganisms associated with specific infections, lifestyle choices, and gut conditions including Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)? Learn about SmartGut, the first sequencing-based clinical microbiome screening test.

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    Support

    Our customer support team is available by email or chat, and is happy to answer your questions about your test kit, results, and more.

    Email: support@ubiome.com

     

    FAQs

    • Probiotic Foods: The Good Bugs

      When you think of gut health, your mind may jump straight to the word “probiotic.” This isn’t surprising; a Google Trend Report indicated that consumer demand for probiotics has increased significantly since 2004.

      Additionally, since the mid-1990s, research has suggested that probiotics may “aid digestion and help maintain gut health.”

       

      What are probiotics?

      The World Health Organization defines probiotics as “live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host.”  

      According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, probiotics may help your body find the proper balance of microorganisms and “stabilize the digestive tract’s barriers against undesirable microorganisms.”

       

      Probiotic Foods

      Probiotics aren’t only available in supplement form. Many delicious foods are naturally full of probiotics!

      Yogurt, for example, is produced when a starter culture of bacteria – usually Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus bulgaricus –  is added to milk. The bacteria break down the lactose sugars into lactic acid.

      Pickling is a time tested technique for preserving vegetables and fruits. While pickling can involve immersing produce in vinegar to kill all the bacteria, a similar outcome can result from immersing produce in salted water for several weeks. In that briny environment, the Lactobacillus bacteria that naturally occurs on produce like cucumbers have a chance to produce lactic acid, which serves as a preservative.

      Another common category of probiotic-rich foods is fermented foods. Foods ferment when molds, yeasts, or bacteria produce enzymes that break down the food into smaller, simpler compounds. The fermented foods are often abundant in probiotic bacteria, such as Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, Pediococcus, and Weisella.

      Probiotic-rich foods include:

      • Yogurt
      • Pickles
      • Sauerkraut
      • Kimchi
      • Kombucha
      • Miso
      • Kvass
      • Cottage cheese
      • Many more!

       

      Curious if the probiotic bacteria in the food you’re eating is making its way to your gut?

      Explorer™ identifies microbes found in the most common probiotic foods and lets you see how your levels of these microbes compare to others who consume these foods.

       

      Use the code UNLEASH at checkout to get 50% off a Gut Explorer kit through the end of February 2019.

      If you’ve used Explorer and have a story to tell, we’d love to hear from you! Share your story on social tagging @ubiome and #UnleashYourExplorer. You’ll be entered for the chance to win 1 Gut Explorer kit each week during February and for the Grand Prize Drawing: a Gut Time Lapse set.*

      *All posts must tag @uBiome and use #UnleashYourExplorer to be counted as a valid entry. The first weekly contest will run Friday 2/1 to Thursday 2/14. Entries must be received by 11:59pm PST on Thursday 2/1. The Grand Prize contest will run Friday 2/1 – Thursday 2/28.  Entries must be received by 11:59 PST on Thursday 2/28 for the Grand Prize. Weekly winners will be announced at 10:00am PST on Friday 2/15. The Grand Prize winner will be announced by 10:00am PST on 3/1/2019.
    • Probiotic Foods: The Good Bugs

      When you think of gut health, your mind may jump straight to the word “probiotic.” This isn’t surprising; a Google Trend Report indicated that consumer demand for probiotics has increased significantly since 2004.

      Additionally, since the mid-1990s, research has suggested that probiotics may “aid digestion and help maintain gut health.”

       

      What are probiotics?

      The World Health Organization defines probiotics as “live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host.”  

      According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, probiotics may help your body find the proper balance of microorganisms and “stabilize the digestive tract’s barriers against undesirable microorganisms.”

       

      Probiotic Foods

      Probiotics aren’t only available in supplement form. Many delicious foods are naturally full of probiotics!

      Yogurt, for example, is produced when a starter culture of bacteria – usually Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus bulgaricus –  is added to milk. The bacteria break down the lactose sugars into lactic acid.

      Pickling is a time tested technique for preserving vegetables and fruits. While pickling can involve immersing produce in vinegar to kill all the bacteria, a similar outcome can result from immersing produce in salted water for several weeks. In that briny environment, the Lactobacillus bacteria that naturally occurs on produce like cucumbers have a chance to produce lactic acid, which serves as a preservative.

      Another common category of probiotic-rich foods is fermented foods. Foods ferment when molds, yeasts, or bacteria produce enzymes that break down the food into smaller, simpler compounds. The fermented foods are often abundant in probiotic bacteria, such as Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, Pediococcus, and Weisella.

      Probiotic-rich foods include:

      • Yogurt
      • Pickles
      • Sauerkraut
      • Kimchi
      • Kombucha
      • Miso
      • Kvass
      • Cottage cheese
      • Many more!

       

      Curious if the probiotic bacteria in the food you’re eating is making its way to your gut?

      Explorer™ identifies microbes found in the most common probiotic foods and lets you see how your levels of these microbes compare to others who consume these foods.

       

      Use the code UNLEASH at checkout to get 50% off a Gut Explorer kit through the end of February 2019.

      If you’ve used Explorer and have a story to tell, we’d love to hear from you! Share your story on social tagging @ubiome and #UnleashYourExplorer. You’ll be entered for the chance to win 1 Gut Explorer kit each week during February and for the Grand Prize Drawing: a Gut Time Lapse set.*

      *All posts must tag @uBiome and use #UnleashYourExplorer to be counted as a valid entry. The first weekly contest will run Friday 2/1 to Thursday 2/14. Entries must be received by 11:59pm PST on Thursday 2/1. The Grand Prize contest will run Friday 2/1 – Thursday 2/28.  Entries must be received by 11:59 PST on Thursday 2/28 for the Grand Prize. Weekly winners will be announced at 10:00am PST on Friday 2/15. The Grand Prize winner will be announced by 10:00am PST on 3/1/2019.