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Our Science

The key to better health & fitness is in your gut.

We are as much bacteria as we are human - trillions of microorganisms in and on our body, most residing in our gut. We have 100x more bacterial genes in our body than human genes. The microbial ecosystem, known as our microbiome, dramatically affects our development, functionality, and health. Our microbiome is shaped by diet, environmental exposure, antibiotic consumption, geography, and physical activity.

We believe the road to fitness runs through the gut. That’s why we’ve decoded the biology of elite athletes to bring next-generation probiotics to the equation: helping activate what is already inside you to give you an edge when you’re at the edge of your limits.

Years of Science-Led Research

We developed our athlete microbiome technology at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. We are big believers in form fits function and taking a cue from natural selection - seeing what works in super performers to support their physiological demands and then applying those learnings to develop novel nutrition modalities.

This process entails extracting bacterial genetic information from microbiome samples for next-generation sequencing and bioinformatic analysis. We then assess athlete microbiome compositions - how they compare to non-athletes, how they differ between athletes from other sports and how they change over time. We look to identify strains that are unique or enriched in athletes, or that change over time between performance and recovery phases. Once identified, we use microbiology and culturomics techniques to purify, validate, and develop our strains for functional testing and commercialization.

However, we’re not done. We discovered that the strain Veillonella increases in abundance in ultra-marathon runners post-race (Nature Medicine). This specific strain offers a heightened ability to process lactic acid and in turn may offer endurance benefits.

 

Watch the science behind fitBIOMICS featured in National Geographic Explorer