Modern City Dwellers Have Lost About Half Their Gut Microbes

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Your gut bacteria can make you sick, but perhaps not how you would expect: they have an influence on your immune system and mental well-being. So, it’s quite scary to discover that many city dwellers have half the number of bacteria species compared to our primate cousins. This lower microbiome diversity are likely affecting us negatively, especially as the world becomes more urbanised. Some have argued that we may be experiencing more asthma and inflammatory disease cases because the good bacteria that help our immune systems have gone missing. Read full article here

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