Gut health, or lack of it, also effects your immune system. So people with poor gut health are more susceptible to sicknesses and viruses. Our prevalence as a society to become germaphobes allowed our immune systems, especially in younger americans, to never fully form. “Our anti-microbe mission has been accompanied, in industrialized countries, by an explosion in the prevalence of chronic noninfectious diseases and disorders. Diabetes, allergies, asthma, inflammatory bowel diseases, autoimmune diseases, autism, obesity and certain types of cancer are at an all-time high”. The consequences of our modern diet, excessive use of antibiotics and over sanitization have altered the microbes that affect our immune systems.