COVID-19 has led to renewed interest in how to support immunity and the role of food in ensuring the immune system is ready to react. Taking care of your immune system is not only important during a pandemic, but also for every stage of life (Part 2).

Gut microbiota, with its close links to metabolism and the immune system, could potentially be a factor that lies at the core of good health. This means it can be positioned at the heart of the processes that influence the risk of contracting different diseases.

A new study has found that laboratory mice that are transplanted with the gut microbiota of wild mice are less likely to die from a flu virus infection or develop colorectal cancer than laboratory mice with their own gut microbiota.