I am a great fan of TED talks – modern ideas for the modern world as I like to put it. A platform for some of the world’s brightest thinkers. In a previous blog I wrote about a diet to encourage healthy gut bacteria ‘The Microbiome – Bugs That Count’ with the principle that for optimum health we should cultivate the widest possible variety of these ‘good’ bacteria. Amongst other things these trillions of microbes contribute to our immune system, aid digestion and protect us from infection.
Living In Captivity
In his thoughtful TED talk, ‘How We Study The Microbes Living In Your Gut’ Dan Knights explains how primates in captivity have less variety in their gut bacteria than those living in the wild, and how this is connected to the poorer health of those individuals in captivity. He also relates the rather alarming finding that most US (human) citizens have even less diversity than primates in zoos. In essence the modern world is facing a decrease in gut bacteria diversity!
Watch video How We Study The Microbes Living In Your Gut