EPISODE 319: Why You Are Only One Percent Human
There are more than 10 times as many microbe cells in your body as human cells, but interestingly, we’re exposed to our first bacteria at birth—and from there, the process begins. While two humans are almost identical genetically, their microbiomes can be dramatically different, which accounts for differences in the way they digest food, the way they smell, and even more dramatic differences such as their hormonal response.
Microbiome research is fascinating, but still in its infancy. Supplement-makers are quick to label ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria, but they are cherry-picking a couple dozen strains from thousands—many of which are still unknown. Advances in lab testing will likely give average people like us the greatest health advantages in years to come; there are already amazing options available to early adopters.
Enter microbiome testing.
How does it work? You send in a stool sample and get back a detailed report showing exactly what is growing inside you. This can be information overload, for sure, but even with the limited research currently available, you can learn a great deal about how your unique bacterial body functions.
On this week’s show, you’ll meet the founder of Viome, a company on the forefront of microbiome testing.
What You’ll Learn:
- Why the food that is great for you could be kryptonite for someone else
- How your bacterial body can affect everything from your mood and digestion to your hormones and sleep patterns
- Why lab testing empowers average people to better understand their bodies and maintain a healthy lifestyle
ABOUT OUR GUEST
Naveen Jain is an entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the founder of several successful companies, including Viome, Moon Express, Bluedot, TalentWise, Intelius, and InfoSpace. He is a regular contributor to Forbes, WSJ, INC, and The Huffington Post.
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