Continuing our YD Holiday Giveaway series!
What’s in your gut? Wouldn’t you like to know! Now you can and it may even change your life. The science is in – what’s happening in our microbiome, basically the tiny ecosystem of trillions of microbes living in our gut, has a major affect on our every day health and has been linked to all sorts of things from arthritis and joint pain to cancer to obesity. And not only that, but now that we understand the effects we can affect them!
It’s all very fascinating. And now with today’s technology, the NIH Human Microbiome Project, and the smart people at uBiome, a microbiome sequencing service, we’re able to study our own individual microbes – which outnumber human cells 10:1, by the way – and learn even more about ourselves on a cellular, microscopic level. uBiome have created easy to use kits you use at home and then send in for analysis. What’s super cool is you get all the results back online with detailed information about the types, names, and functions of the microbes living in your own little rainforest of bacteria. (We imagine them all as characters form Inside Out. Or, maybe Minions. Sounds adorable, right?)
With this info you can dive even deeper by comparing your data to others through their secure database. We’re participating, too, so check out the vegan yogi category
WIN: Feel it in your gut! We’re giving away FIVE uBiome Gut Kits. These are simple kits complete with easy to use swabs and tubes you pop into an already postage-paid envelope and send back to the lab. We’ve done it, and it feels oddly satisfying in a nerdy home chemistry kit kind of way – with less explosions.
TO ENTER: We all know what that “gut feeling” feels like and to have “guts.” Since it’s the end of the year and it IS the holidays, share with us one experience from the past year where your gut feeling led you to something good, or where you had the guts – the courage! – to tackle something seemingly insurmountable. Share in the comments to enter.
Giveaway ends Monday, December 21, 2015. Five winners will be chosen randomly and announced soon after. Good luck!
More about uBiome: uBiome was founded in 2012 by UCSF and Stanford technologists after a crowdfunding campaign raised more than $350,000 from citizen scientists, triple its initial goal. uBiome is now backed by Andreesen Horowitz, Y Combinator, and other leading investors. The company’s mission is to use big data to understand the human microbiome by giving consumers the power to learn about their bodies, perform experiments, and see how current research studies apply to them.
Check out the video below for more on how it all works.
Update: Congrats to Nikki, Kelly, Barry, Christy, Jeff! Thank you to everyone for sharing your gutsy entries. They are truly inspiring.