Gut Check
The AMILI Blog

Your guide to all things to do with the microbiome, from what it is, to why it’s important for your health, to how to look after it!


What happens after our lab receives your sample? And how does your sample translate into a colourful report with straightforward findings and easy to follow recommendations? 

This is what happens in the AMILI lab.

What is the gut microbiome? What does it do? More importantly, why should we care about it? Read on to find out just how much work the little bugs in our intestines do!

Lactobacillus are a group of good bacteria that are crucial for our gut microbiome to function optimally. Learn more about the different Lactobacillus species, what they do, and how to get more of them here!

They’re the most common bacteria found in your gut, but chances are you haven’t heard of them. Read more about the delicate balance between Bacteroidetes and Firmicutes here.

Bifidobacteria are a group of bacteria commonly found in the gut microbiome. But what exactly do they do? Why are they important? How do we get more of them? You’ve come to the right place to find out!


Our dietetics advisor, Bibi Chia, gives us the scoop on five foods that are both delicious and great for your gut.

Send kelp! This unlikely hero packs a powerful punch of nutrients and has some unexpected benefits for your gut microbiome too. 

What exactly are pre- and probiotics? Why do we need them? How can we make sure we maximise their health benefits to us (and our guts)? We’ve got the details right here!

Pineapple tarts, love letters, bak kwa, oh my! What are the effects of these treats on the gut microbiome? Are there any gut-friendly foods we can indulge in this time of year? Find out now!


Dr Chong is AMILI’s Data Science lead advisor, helping us translate gut microbiome data into meaningful insights. But what exactly is bioinformatics? Why is it so important to microbiome analysis? 

Check out what Dr Chong has to say!

As part of our mission to advance human health through microbiome science, AMILI set up Singapore’s first stool bank.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at how we set it up, and why having a stool bank is so important.


How does the gut microbiome influence conditions like Inflammatory Bowel Disease? Why is the microbiome so important to our health? Can our microbiomes be changed? 

We speak with our scientific advisor, Gastroenterology Professor Michael Kamm to get the scoop – read on!

FMT and Alzheimer's Disease

A recent study has shown that faecal microbiota transplants could help to alleviate symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. 

How does it work? Could modifying the gut microbiome actually cure Alzheimer’s? Find out here!

An estimated one million Singaporeans are expected to have diabetes by 2050. 

Is this preventable? Does the gut microbiome influence diabetes? Most importantly, how can we treat our gut right to stay healthy? The answers are a click away!


What effect does smoking have on your gut microbiome? Are the two even related? Check out what the science has to say.

Could where you live have an effect on what bacteria live in your gut? The answer may surprise you!

What role does the gut microbiome play in weight management? What are some gut-friendly foods we can eat to better manage our weight?