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Healthy people do indeed tend to have a wider diversity of microbes in their guts, but it’s not obvious whether one causes the other.

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Some simple tips from uBiome:

It can help to eat fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi and kombucha.

Consuming fiber-rich foodstuff such as beans (a prebiotic) will give your new healthy bacteria something tasty to munch on.

Avoid meat from animals which have been dosed with antibiotics (often used as a growth agent).

And last but not least don’t overdo it with the antibacterial hand cleanser.

In short, treat your gut with the same kind of respect we should all be paying to the rainforest, and you won’t go too far wrong.

Also on the uBiome page is this Jessica Richman talk about citizen science.

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