The Biodiversity Hypothesis

The Biodiversity hypothesis states that contact with natural environments enriches the human microbiome, promotes immune balance and protects from allergy and inflammatory disorders.

Biodiversity is essential for the processes that support all life on Earth, including humans and any loss or deterioration in the condition of biodiversity has been shown to affect our overall health, particularly our immune system.

What is Biodiversity?

Biodiversity refers to the variety of living organisms; how many species, subspecies, genetic diversity, populations, and individuals are found in each area.

What is microbial diversity?

Microbial Diversity is referred to as invisible biodiversity: bacteria, archaea, genuine microbes as well as all viruses infecting these.

What is biodiversity hypothesis?

The Biodiversity hypothesis states that contact with natural environments also enriches the human microbiome.

The impact of biodiversity loss on our immune system

Scientific studies have shown a reduction in microbial biodiversity is associated with an increase in immune-mediated diseases.

With today’s increased sanitisation and urban dwelling, our skin’s exposure to natural microbial biodiversity has been significantly reduced. Exposure to nature’s rich biodiversity is essential to train the immune system and enable it to develop correctly.

Watch our short explainer video (6 mins)

MD, PhD, Professor of Virology at Tampere University Heikki Hyöty explaining Biodiversity Hypothesis and the scientific evidence to support it

How biodiversity on the skin works

Skin acts as a defensive barrier between our bodies and the surrounding environment. It also has a vital role as an immunological organ​. Microbes stimulate our immune response via receptors, and they influence the levels of important immunological proteins called cytokines. An incorrect balance of these will cause malfunctioning of the immune system.

The cost of modern life

Lost connection to nature

Due to the move towards more urban living and increased sanitation, our contact with rich biodiversity has been significantly declining throughout the western world.

Exponential growth of autoimmune disease

Autoimmune diseases are rising by between 3% and 9% a year with environmental factors playing a key role in this rise.

Public conversation and awareness

Consumers are now looking for health-enhancing beauty products with proven clinical efficacy.

Restoring biodiversity

Re-Connecting Nature is scientifically proven to stimulate the immune system and recreate a more natural balance that gives enhanced skin health, resilience, comfort and appearance.

Bringing you the microbial diversity of Finnish nature

Finnish soil's microbial diversity can promote health and well-being, and so we have created a ‘world-first’ ingredient which is safe and easy to use.

Scientifically proven to stimulate the immune system

A recent study by Uute Scientific showed a statistically significant reduction in the levels of seven pro-inflammatory cytokines.


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