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If our gut is healthy, then we are generally healthy.

Written by our lovely customer: Lucy O’Donnell | Cancer Wellness Adviser & Holistic Therapist | Cancer is my Teacher

As Hippocrates said, “All disease begins in the gut”. The gut is responsible for 85 per cent of our immune system. So it goes without saying, that as somebody who is living with cancer, I take very seriously what I put in my mouth. But we cannot be perfect all the time (I am certainly not – and yikes – Christmas is coming up!). It is very easy for our gut to get disrupted and out of balance with things like antibiotics, and other forms of medication and so forth. Not to mention just everyday living such as stress, lack of sleep, or grabbing a not-so-healthy snack when on the run.

As Hippocrates said, “All disease begins in the gut”

If our gut is healthy, then we are generally healthy. A healthy gut, as well as keeping your immune system in good shape also keeps inflammation at bay. Inflammation in our bodies is something that can lead to a host of ailments from joint pain, fatigue, stomach upset, diabetes, insomnia and plenty more.

So I thought I would give myself a little “Gut test” – just to keep on top of things. That is where Qlu comes in. I researched several companies that provided this and Qlu appeared to be the most simple, efficient and thorough test to take.

How it all works

Once I had registered on their website I was given a kit code and then I popped in my details. The registration was straightforward and easy to perform plus I wasn’t asked too many questions. Before I knew it, my testing kit arrived.

The very attractive box with simple but stylish packaging lay on my dressing table for rather a long time. This was because the other three tests you can take with Qlu (NutriQluCardiacQlu, and CancerQlu) rely on saliva swab tests. GutQlu involves a poo sample which in theory can be a little off-putting, to put it mildly. But if I had read the collecting instructions as soon as I had received them, I would have realised that actually, it is a very simple procedure and literally takes a matter of minutes. The instructions were so clear and concise that I was rather cross with myself that I had been putting it off for so long.

After that, the only thing I had to do was to place the sample in the pre-paid packaging and post in a local post box. Easy peasy – no standing in long queues in the post office, and no hanging around the house waiting for a courier.

So I thought I would give myself a little “Gut test” – just to keep on top of things.

The results are in

Qlu said that my results would come back in 3-5 weeks and for me, they arrived in 3. I think the speed at which this test comes back is probably due to the fact that the labs are UK based – which is always comforting. Again I was reticent to log in and check my results and I thought I might be confronted with something frightfully complicated that I couldn’t understand. I was wrong – the layout, the images, the text – everything was easy to digest (no pun intended) and I was able to get an extremely good idea of how my gut was behaving.

The results were very human-friendly and provided a detailed microbiome report analysing over 100 different organisms with suggestions on how to achieve optimal gut health. It clearly showed me where I might improve and how to improve as well as showing me where I was also doing well.

I was also really impressed with their customer service and on-going support and also the confidentiality.

In my case, I felt I was provided with all the information I needed. If I had wanted to speak directly to a gastroenterologist or a nutritionist, I could have been referred to one of their professionals at Dr Morton’s Medical Health www.drmortons.co.uk

I was also really impressed with their customer service and on-going support and also the confidentiality. Because you get your results by logging into your portal they cannot inadvertently send you the wrong report. This was very important considering all the data breaches that are occurring nowadays.

The Verdict

So all in all, the whole process was very friendly, easy, valuable and informative. I could almost say it was pleasurable! Now I just have to decide which of the 3 other tests I want to take next.

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