Doctors may have discovered the key to fighting disease, staving off obesity, and even keeping our heart healthy – and it has to do with the trillions of bacteria that live inside us, also known as the microbiome. A thriving microbiome consisting of healthy bacteria is the key to overall health. Welcome to the new science of your gut. Here are four ways to make sure you're keeping your microbiome in order.
3. Embrace germs.
Spend time outdoors, in teeming ecosystems like forests and oceans. The greater the diversity in the outside world you travel in, the greater the diversity in your gut, says Leach. If you have to be indoors, open the window and let the bacteria in the air blow in. Leach calls this the "rewilding" of your microbiome.
Gardening provides healthy hands-on, hands-dirty contact with the microbes in the soil, as does having a pet.
Exposure to the bugs that ride on cats and dogs may build the diversity of your own microbiota. People who are raised on farms, for example, are less prone to autoimmune disorders.
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