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Farmers may cultivate better gut microbes than nearby city dwellers

But ideal flora could vary based on where you live.
rural area

Researchers compared the gut microbiomes of people living in a rural community in Nigeria to those living in a nearby city.

We rarely give much thought to the bacteria that take up residence in our guts. It’s hard not to forget creatures you can’t see or interact with. Despite their discreteness, researchers have come to understand that as a whole, these microbes do a lot for our health—helping us to digest food, regulate our immune systems, and coordinate how our hormones work. Because of all these bacterial benefits, scientists have recently begun to try to figure out how

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