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Should I test my gut microbes to improve my health?

Should I test my gut microbes to improve my health?

People are paying hundreds of dollars to have their gut microbes analysed, hoping the insights will allow them to adjust their diet and improve their health. But these testing services are based on science that’s still in its infancy, as we explain in our recent paper. So while there may be great promise for analysing our gut microbiome to help diagnose and treat people in the future, for the moment knowing what’s in your gut is mostly a curiosity. But aren’t these tests based on science? The idea of your gut microbiome – the whole community of gut microbes and their products – influencing your health is gaining momentum. Over about the past two decades, the gut microbio...