Mind and Microbiome

We all know about the risks involved with exposure to outdoor environments (a 2017 Consumer Reports article tells how to minimize them) but many of us are probably unaware of some of the benefits. It’s been 30 years since a British scientist first proposed that lack of exposure to microorganisms as children was leading to weak immune systems in modern people. It was controversial but scientific studies have indicated that there’s something to the idea, and now there’s evidence concerning the mechanism by which the “farm effect” influences mental well-being. It seems that this is another way that getting in touch with the natural world can help build resilience. See the article linked below for more about the recently reported research.