Microbiome Awareness Month! The 5-Second Rule?

During this month of frantic, frenzied days, as you are running out the door, noshing on something, what if your snack falls on the floor?  

You’ve probably come across the “Five-Second Rule,” a kind of working hypothesis that supposedly tells you whether it’s safe to eat an item of food you’ve dropped on the floor.  This rule was the subject of a rigorous study conducted by Rutgers University in New Jersey, published in the American Society for Microbiology journal. Continue reading “Microbiome Awareness Month! The 5-Second Rule?”

Microbiome Awareness Month! Nails – Bacteria Havens under Your Nails?

Getting your nails done? Read on…

Regardless of how much you might wash your hands, there are always bacteria present on the surface of your palm, which is known as the stratum cornea. Basically this is your good guys fighting off the bad ones.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reminds us, of course, just how important it is to keep hands clean. It says good hygiene can prevent about 30% of diarrhea-related illnesses, and around 20% of respiratory infections (colds, for example).

Besides the skin surface of your hands, there are ten other places on your hands in which bacteria can really flourish: under your fingernails. There can be a ton of microbes lurking in the space under your nails.

In 1989 a group at the VA Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota looked into bacteria beneath artificial nails, finding that nurses wearing them had considerably more bacteria beneath them than were found under natural nails.
Their recommendation? Short, clean nails are better, even if the salon industry might disagree.

For more information on microbes and nails, read our classic blog post.

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Your Gut Bacteria Might Need a Nap

It’s not easy getting the recommended eight hours of sleep this time of year.  Did you know that an interruption in your regular sleep pattern could also mean an interruption to how well your gut bacteria function?

Although early microbiologists believed bacteria had no internal clocks, it is now known that microbes possess a circadian rhythm. Continue reading “Your Gut Bacteria Might Need a Nap”

Microbiome Awareness Month! Holiday Stress Edition

Stressed out by the upcoming holidays? Maybe some interesting studies about the microbiome could be a good distraction.

Your brain acts on your gut, shaping its microbial makeup, while your gut is busy manufacturing neurotransmitters including dopamine, gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and serotonin.

In fact the vast majority of your serotonin originates in your intestine. Continue reading “Microbiome Awareness Month! Holiday Stress Edition”

January 5-for-1 Sale!

Do you track how well your new year’s resolutions are working? Why not get a snapshot of your microbiome today, and see how it changes as you do. Here’s to the very best of health for you in 2016.

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Season’s Greetings – Time Lapse Kit for $89

Happy Holidays from uBiome – hope you’re staying warm!

‘Tis the season of giving, and also aspirations for the new year.

Give the gift of a gut microbiome kit to three different people for the price of one with our 3-for-1 holiday deal!

More of a Scrooge type? Keep all 3 kits for yourself and see how your new year’s resolution diet affects your microbiome.

Starting right now, Gut Time Lapse kits are only $89. That’s three gut kits for the price of one.

Offer valid until Friday at midnight, or while supplies last.

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We wish you the most joyous of holiday seasons!

Your friends at uBiome