Setup Instructions

Samples

Please submit your samples within seven days.

Your gut microbiome is a fascinating, emerging area of science and wellness. DNA Genotek will report your microbiome diversity and bacterial pattern. Follow the instructions and complete your collection within seven days. For detailed collection instructions, click here.

We’ll send you everything you need to collect a small stool sample and ship it back to an external, independent lab. Your sample tube will have a barcode associated with your Arivale account to ensure your sample is tracked correctly. Your stool sample is buffered with a solution to preserve the DNA molecules. Once your sample gets to the lab, the DNA is extracted from the cells in the solution, and the bacterial DNA is separated from the human DNA. The lab does not sequence the entire pool of DNA from the stool sample, but targets a specific gene (called the 16s ribosomal gene). Then, using a DNA sequencer, the lab sequences all 16s fragments in the sample and sends our research team the sequence files. Because each type of bacteria has a slightly different version of the 16s gene, the research team can use these differences to profile your individual gut microbiome composition. This composition data is then published to your Arivale dashboard, giving you an overview of what types of bacteria are most prevalent in your gut.

To measure how your cortisol—an important stress hormone secreted by the adrenal gland—fluctuates throughout the day, you’ll collect saliva at four different points in one day. Right after waking, just before lunch, just before dinner, and just before bedtime. It is important not to eat or drink anything (besides water) for two hours before each collection. For detailed collection instructions, please click here.

To measure how your cortisol—an important stress hormone secreted by the adrenal gland—fluctuates throughout the day, you’ll collect saliva at four different points in one day. Right after waking, just before lunch, just before dinner, and just before bedtime. It is important not to eat or drink anything (besides water) for two hours before each collection. We’ll send you everything you need to collect and ship your samples back to an external, independent lab. Each tube will have a barcode associated with your Arivale account to ensure your sample is tracked correctly.

Devices

Let's get you set up.

If you have a Fitbit tracker or a Fitbit Aria scale, you can link it to your Arivale Dashboard to automatically sync your weight each time you use it. First, make sure your device is properly linked to your Fitbit account. View Fitbit setup instructions here and Aria scale setup instructions here. Now, if you haven't already, sync your Fitbit account to your Arivale Dashboard. Log into your dashboard and navigate to your profile settings. Scroll down until you see the section called “Devices.” Click on the button to connect a new device and follow the prompts to log into your Fitbit account. This will sync your Fitbit account to your Arivale Dashboard. If you have any problems, please call Arivale Concierge at 206-981-5834 or send an email to concierge@arivale.com.

Once you have joined Arivale, download the Arivale app on the App Store on your iPhone. You can use your Arivale Dashboard username and password to login.

The app is a communication device and does not contain any personal health information. With the app, you can connect more easily with your coach, check off your action items while on the go, and track your progress towards your short and long term goals. The app also allows you to send pictures to your coach, which can be useful for meal tracking. Your dashboard hosts all of your data and resources from your coach. From your dashboard you can schedule your blood draws and check the dates for any scheduled appointments or calls. Like the app, you can also check off your action items from your dashboard.

Currently the Arivale app is only available for Apple iOS users. We are currently building a version of the app for Android phones. If you are an Arivale member and want to be notified when new versions come out, please send an email to concierge@arivale.com with your phone type.

Questions?

Contact Arivale Concierge at concierge@arivale.com or 206-981-5934.