Alba Health offers a wellness-focused approach to understanding your child's gut health and providing tailored recommendations for their well-being. It is not intended for medical diagnosis or treatment.

  • If you are proactive about your child’s health & diet

    Learn how you can start now to optimize your child’s health during the first 1,000 days and feel the good effects for life.

  • If your child has taken antibiotics

    Antibiotics have disruptive effects on the gut microbiome and are associated to symptoms and health conditions later in life.

  • If you gave birth via C-section

    C-section is often associated to a disrupted gut microbiome and to health conditions later in life.

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What you get with Alba's test

Detailed results and insights report

Get a breakdown of your child’s gut health and how it relates to immune system development, metabolic health & brain health. We compare your child’s results to a reference dataset of healthy kids in the same age range.

Personalized action plan for your child's health

Get clear recommendations on what you can do to optimize your child’s lifestyle, based on a comprehensive questionnaire and gut health test results. We cover foods to introduce, foods to swap, supplements (if needed), environment and behavior.

1:1 consultation with a certified Nutrition & Health Coach to help you take action

Get hands-on advice to overcome your obstacles and implement your action plan. For example: how to handle a picky eater, hacks to optimize food preparation with a busy schedule, simple tips to increase fiber content in your child’s diet while keeping it delicious. Ask us anything!

  • Rebecka

    ★★★★★ (Verified Alba Health user)

    I want to know everything related to my son. Alba explains the WHY behind the way my son's gut microbiome looks and provides simple actions that I can easily manage in everyday life.

  • Adam

    ★★★★★ (Verified Alba Health user)

    The service is simply amazing. Initially I was a bit sceptical to what we could learn from doing this but the service absolutely amazing and we got concrete advice on changes we could make and things to look out for!

  • R.G.

    ★★★★★ (Verified Alba Health user)

    This is a legit service. You get a test kit, take a sample, and send it in. The process was pretty simple. After some time, you receive a test report, which was very interesting and helpful for adjusting our baby's diet. Definitely a cool idea for parents!

  • Lisette

    ★★★★★ (Verified Alba Health user)

    Our son was born premature, and received a lot of antibiotics. In the few months that followed we had some feeding issues (not gaining weight) and he was also fussy and crying.The procedure is really easy: send in some stool with the toolkit. We got the results fast and the meeting with expert was very helpful. The results were explained and we got useful advice. For us as new parents this has been very helpful. It was especially important to us that this was not some advice but it was based on scientific evidence.

  • Laurentiu

    ★★★★★ (Verified Alba Health user)

    As first time parents we try to be aware (maybe even in control) of everything related to our baby. We initially thought Alba will just help us fulfill this need of ours a bit by providing us with more information we can use to raise a baby with a healthy gut. But this experience turned out to be more than that. "..." The report we received, while very informative and rigorous on the scientific data, still managed to be easy to put into practice through the recommendations and recipes it pointed to.

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FAQ

What age is Alba for?

Currently, Alba is for children 0-2 years old. The gut microbiome develops greatly in the first years of life; it starts to develop at birth and it reaches a unique composition over time. That means that the gut microbiome needs to be analysed differently depending on the age: what looks "common" at 1 year old does not necessarily look common at a later age.

Alba helps you discover your child's microbiome in relation to their specific age.Alba Health is the first and only company in this space to have a proprietary study (the PREVENT Study) collecting gut microbiome samples from children over time, to plot gut microbiome development over time.

We are working hard to expand age ranges and be able to offer Alba for children up to 18 years old!
Sign up to our waiting list and be the first to know when we expand our test's age range.

What is the microbiome?

We are inhabited by 39 trillions of microorganisms that live on our skin, mouth, genitals, respiratory tract and gut. They are bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites and they are essential for our health - in fact, we couldn’t survive without them! The gut microbiome is the collection of all of our microbes in the gut, and their DNA. It has a fundamental role in digestion, immune system health and brain health. Imbalances in the gut microbiome have been associated with most chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes, asthma, celiac disease and even cancer.

References: Ghosh, T.S., Shanahan, F. & O’Toole, P.W. The gut microbiome as a modulator of healthy ageing. Nat Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol (2022); Vijay, A., Valdes, A.M. Role of the gut microbiome in chronic diseases: a narrative review. Eur J Clin Nutr 76, 489–501 (2022).

Why is the microbiome important during pregnancy?

During pregnancy, the mother’s gut microbiome changes drastically, until birth. It is closely related to her own as well as to the baby’s health and it is thought to help:

1.Maintain a healthy pregnancy. Imbalances in the gut microbiome have been associated with complications such as gestational diabetes, obesity, preeclampsia, digestive disorders, and autoimmune diseases;

2.Promote the baby’s healthy development, especially their immune system and brain. Several animal studies have shown that the expecting mother’s gut bacteria produce compounds that might help educate the baby’s immune system and promote neurodevelopment;

3.Prepare the gut microbiome transfer from the mother to the baby at birth, which lays the foundations of lifelong health. During a vaginal birth, the baby gets covered in the mother’s microbes, and that is a good thing! Those microbes are the first colonizers of the baby’s gut and will form the baby’s microbiome.

References: Turjeman, S., Collado, M. C., Koren, O. The Gut Microbiome in Pregnancy and Pregnancy Complications. Curr. Opin. Endocrine. Metab. Res. (2021); Yao Y., Cai X., Chen C., Fang H., Zhao Y., Fei W., Chen F. &  Zheng C.. The Role of Microbiomes in Pregnant Women and Offspring: Research Progress of Recent Years. Front. Pharmacol. (2020).

Why is the microbiome important during childhood?

The microbiome we have in the first years of life has a major influence on our development and on our long-term health. In fact, scientists have found that imbalances in the early-life gut microbiome predisposes children to diseases in early and later life. Such imbalances are associated to colic, asthma, eczema, diabetes, allergic diseases, obesity, cardiovascular diseases, and neurological disorders.

Gut microbes and lifestyle in the first 1000 days of life are particularly important because the foundations of metabolism, immune system and brain health develop in this critical time window.

References: Linehan, K., Dempsey, E., Ryan, A. C., Ross, R., Stanton, C. First encounters of the microbial kind: perinatal factors direct infant gut microbiome establishment. Microbiome Research Reports (2022); Sarkar, A., Yoo, J.Y., Valeria Ozorio Dutra, S., Morgan, K.H., Groer, M. The Association between Early-Life Gut Microbiota and Long-Term Health and Diseases. J Clin Med. (2021); Robertson, Ruairi, C., Manges, A., Finlay, B., Prendergast, A. The Human Microbiome and Child Growth – First 1000 Days and Beyond. Trends in Microbiology (2019).

How is a microbiome test performed?

From a stool sample, we are able to collect the DNA of all gut microbes. From their DNA we can tell exactly which bacteria are present and what they are doing in your gut.

We analyze bacterial DNA only and we do not analyze your own DNA!

What can you tell from a microbiome test?

In children, it depends on the age. The baby's microbiome is constantly evolving from birth to adulthood, so monitoring its trajectory and development over time is even more informative than looking at only one snapshot.

From one microbiome test, you will discover:
- Share of friendly bacteria, promoting healthy development
- Share of unfriendly bacteria, as some types of bacteria are known to be unfriendly when in large share, being able to cause infections and inhibit friendly bacteria
- Gut microbiome development, as the rate at which the microbiome matures is important for growth
- Share of bacteria protective to the immune system
- Share of bacteria producing important metabolites such as butyrate
- Ability to maintain a healthy gut barrier function
- Ability to metabolize vitamins, proteins and lipids
- Associations to crying, fussing, and BMI later in life.

Most importantly, you will receive a set of personalized recommendations covering diet, personal care products, environmental exposure and supplements (if needed) reviewed by our medical experts and discussed with you in a 1:1 consultation with a certified Nutrition & Health Coach.

References: Stewart CJ, Ajami NJ, O'Brien JL, Hutchinson DS, Smith DP, Wong MC, Ross MC, Lloyd RE, Doddapaneni H, Metcalf GA, Muzny D, Gibbs RA, Vatanen T, Huttenhower C, Xavier RJ, Rewers M, Hagopian W, Toppari J, Ziegler AG, She JX, Akolkar B, Lernmark A, Hyoty H, Vehik K, Krischer JP, Petrosino JF. Temporal development of the gut microbiome in early childhood from the TEDDY study. Nature (2018);

Can I do anything to my microbiome?

Yes! The microbiome is dynamic and we can influence it with relatively simple and low-risk lifestyle changes. The microbiome is a very small community of microorganisms at birth and it develops massively in the first years of life. Over the years, the microbiome "settles" on a unique composition that we will maintain throughout adulthood (although it is possible to change our microbiome as adults too!).

Factors that affect the baby's gut microbiome (and that can be changed) are:
- Mother's diet during pregnancy
- Mother's gut microbiome at birth
- Type of birth (vaginal /C-section, at home / in hospital, medicated, etc.)
- Breastfeeding and breast milk composition
- Duration of breastfeeding‍
- Mother's diet while breastfeeding
- Infant formula and type of infant formula (if used)
- Use of antibiotics and type of antibiotic used
- Use of other medications‍
- Evidence-backed probiotics‍
- Evidence-backed prebiotics and fibers‍-Vitamin D and other supplements
- Baby's diet (especially quantity and diversity fibers)
- Timing of weaning‍
- Exposure to nature and furry pets‍
- Home environment‍
- Exposure to household cleaning and personal care products
- Exposure to anti-microbial products e.g., hand sanitizers
- Exercise and movement
- Viral infections‍

- Stress

References:   Wong, E., Lui, K., Day, A., Leach, S. Manipulating the Neonatal Gut Microbiome: Current Understanding and Future Perspectives. Archives of Disease in Childhood - Fetal and Neonatal Edition(2022).Derrien, M., Alvarez, AS., De Vos, W. The Gut Microbiota in the First Decade of Life. Trends in Microbiology (2019).

How often should we test?

It depends on your individual situation and on your latest results. We stand for personalised recommendations and support, and part of our service is to guide you to take the most informed decision for your family's health.

Each time you test with us, you will have a 1:1 consultation with a certified Nutrition & Health Coach, who will recommend the best path for you.

Where do you ship to?

We're currently available in Sweden and Germany.

How do you store my data?

Your sample data is stored in the European Union according to GDPR. Your name and address will be separated from the rest of your submitted data, so that it cannot be tracked to you. Your sample data will not be transferred outside of the European Union and is stored securely. Read or Privacy Policy.