Here are some of our preliminary findings:
The American Gut project has many more samples representing more groups of people than other studies, such as the Human Microbiome Project, Global Gut, or Personal Genome Project.
The microbiome changes as we grow! As you get older, your gut microbiome becomes more diverse.
Antibiotic usage also affects our microbiomes, by reducing diversity and thereby creating a less healthy gut environment.
The more different types of plants a person eats, the higher their gut microbiome diversity.
Alcohol consumption also affects microbiome diversity-those who had at least one drink per week had a more diverse microbiome than those who abstained from alcohol.