Here are the estimated shipping times for the DNA and/or Gut tests kits:
- India – up to 4 days*
- UAE – up to 3 days*
- Singapore – up to 2 days*
- KSA and GCC – up to 4 days*
- USA – up to 8 days*
- UK – up to 8 days*
*Please note that slight delays may occur due to country-dependent customs and handling.
The Gut Microbiome test is appropriate for individuals who are three years of age or older. Our current diet recommendations and complement service is available for adults above 18 years of age. Hence, the xNARA gut microbiome test is best suited for adults. Additionally, adults of any age can take the test to gain insights into their gut health. It is a non-invasive test that involves collecting a sample of fecal matter and sending it to a laboratory for analysis.
The DNA and Gut Microbiome tests are completely independent and do not have to be performed simultaneously. Therefore, you have the flexibility to choose when to take each test, as long as you adhere to the correct procedures for each test.
Great news! While certain medications may impact your gut microbiome, you can still take the test. The test will give information on any potential effects of your medication and lifestyle on your gut microbiome.
However, if you are currently taking or receiving treatment with any of the following medications, we strongly recommend that you consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet or treatment regimen. This will help ensure that your current treatment is not impacted:
- Immune therapy
- Cholesterol-lowering drugs
- Acid reflux medication
- Diabetes medication
While collecting a sample during menstruation is not recommended due to the risk of blood contamination, it is still possible to take the test if precautions are taken to avoid contamination.
The gut test kit includes the following items:
- Kit ID – This is used to register your kit on the xNARA website
- Feces catcher
- Fecal collection tube with a labeled barcode and buffer solution
- Plastic bag for storing the fecal sample in the collection tube
- Return shipping bag for courier collection
The test aims to provide you with comprehensive insights into your gut microbiome, including the variety and quantity of bacteria present. It will also assess your risk for developing various health conditions and complications, covering over 50+ health parameters such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, IBD, sleep quality, skin conditions, and your fitness and endurance levels. Using this information, you will receive personalized recommendations for diet and complements to support your health and well-being
We acknowledge that you have taken an important step towards bettering your health by choosing xNARA, and we are here to support you throughout the journey. While we understand your eagerness to see prompt results, several factors contribute to this process. The condition of your gut microbiome, as well as your overall health and fitness levels before initiating your new health plan, play a crucial role in how fast your body responds. However, we can assure you that noticeable enhancements in your gut microbiome should be visible within a period of 4 to 6 months.
We highly value you as our customer and want to offer you more tailored recommendations and Complements based on your specific needs through our Microbiome test. We sincerely hope that you decide to participate and proceed with the registration process, payment, and sample collection instructions. We guarantee that you won’t regret it!
Upon receiving your Gut Microbiome sample, the analysis process typically takes 4 to 5 weeks to complete, after which your results will be ready. Once your results are available, you will receive an email notification, and you will be prompted to securely login to our website to download a copy of your test report.
The science behind our test is complex, but we will do our best to simplify it for you.
Our test employs cutting-edge DNA technology to examine your gut bacteria. Specifically, we analyze the 16s sRNA gene, a gene that allows us to identify the various types of bacteria in your gut. We use the most advanced testing technology available globally to do this analysis. Using this information, we can determine your risk for different diseases and provide personalized recommendations for you in an easy-to-understand format.
We advise regularly checking your gut health by taking the test every six months, as your gut microbiome undergoes continuous changes over time. The foods that suit you presently may not necessarily be suitable for you in the future.
We strongly encourage you to retake the test after implementing our recommendations for at least six months, to assess the impact of your new health routine. Ultimately, the decision to schedule your testing is entirely at your discretion.
On rare occasions, your sample may be rejected for testing due to various reasons such as:
• Insufficient quantity of stool collected
• Sample not placed in the tube provided
• Cracked or damaged collection tube
• Loose cap on the collection tube
• Incomplete mixing of the sample with the liquid preservative solution
• Missing or damaged barcode that cannot be scanned
• Poor sample quality during shipping
We will make every effort to work with the sample provided, but accuracy is crucial for your test results, so we will inform you if there are any issues with your sample’s quality. If your sample is rejected due to insufficient stool quantity, you will need to purchase a new test kit.
If you receive a damaged kit, you can request a replacement by contacting our customer support team.
If you have any concerns about a rejected sample, please feel free to reach out to our team, and we will do our best to assist you.
We understand that collecting a stool sample may not be the most comfortable experience. However, we have made an effort to simplify the process and make it more manageable. A detailed guide can be found inside the test kit, and the following are the step-by-step instructions you can expect to follow:
- Use the collection paper included in the kit to collect your stool.
- Use the tool provided to scoop a small amount of your stool, about the size of a pea.
- Place the collected sample into the provided tube.
- Gently shake the tube to ensure the sample is thoroughly mixed with the stabilizing solution.
- Place the tube into the protective plastic cover and keep it safe until you’re ready to send it to us within 24 hours.
We also encourage you to watch our instructional video, which can provide additional help during this process.
It is essential that you tell us about any allergies and food intolerances or sensitivities you have in the health assessment. The gut microbiome test can detect gluten and lactose intolerances, but cannot reveal any other allergies or sensitivities.
Although we recognize that bowel movements can occur at different times of the day for everyone, we suggest collecting the sample from your first bowel movement of the day
Fasting is not required to take the gut Microbiome test.
The stabilizing solution in the Microbiome test kit ensures that the sample remains viable and stable for up to 4 weeks. It’s important to mix your sample with the solution thoroughly to ensure its effectiveness.
Congratulations on this special time of your life. Currently, we do not cater to the needs of pregnant women. However, we appreciate your interest in our services and will be happy to assist you post-pregnancy.
You can take the xNARA Gut Microbiome test at any point in your menstrual cycle. However, when collecting the stool sample, it’s important to avoid contaminating it with menstrual blood.
Great news! Even though some medications can affect your gut microbiome, you can still take the test. During the health assessment, you will be asked to provide a list of your current medications, which our experts will review to evaluate their potential impact on your test results. However, if you are taking any of the following medications or undergoing treatment, we recommend consulting with your physician before taking Complements or starting a new diet. This is to avoid any potential contradictions or negative effects on your health:
- Cholesterol-lowering drugs
- Acid reflux medication
- Diabetes medication
We can appreciate that you must be very excited to get started! The test kits are valid for six months from the manufacturing date, and they should be kept in an ambient temperature of 20°- 22° Celsius. When the time is right for you, open your test kit and use it within 48 hours of opening, and follow the enclosed instructions to collect your sample. It is essential to send the sample to us within 24 hours of collection to ensure the quality of the sample and the accuracy of the test results.
Several factors can impact your gut microbiota, including sudden lifestyle changes like traveling, new medication, a new diet, or events that affect you emotionally or mentally. To ensure accurate results, we recommend waiting at least two weeks after returning to your normal routine before collecting the sample. This will help to minimize any changes that may have occurred due to recent lifestyle changes and provide a more accurate representation of your gut microbiome.