“You could be sitting alone and still be completely outnumbered for your body is home to trillions upon trillions of tiny passengers – bacteria. Your body is made up of around ten trillion cells, but you harbour a hundred trillion bacteria.” says the Science Discover Magazine, in a fascinating article on the Microbiome: Your Body Houses 10x More Bacteria Than Cells.
Did you know that for every gene in your genome, there are 100 bacterial ones? The human microbiome is the population of more than 100 trillion microorganisms that live in our gut, mouth, skin and elsewhere in our bodies. The total number of genes associated with the human microbiome exceeds the total number of human genes by a factor of 100-to-one.
This is your ‘microbiome’ and it has a huge impact on your health, your ability to digest food and much, much more. We, in turn, affect them. Everything from the food we eat to the way we think, from the drugs we use to the way we’re born, influences the many species of bacteria that take up residence in our bodies over our lifetime.
Wikipedia lists the micro biome as: “the ecological community of commensal, symbiotic, and pathogenic microorganisms that literally share our body space.” These microbial communities have numerous beneficial functions relevant to supporting our life. Science has only now discovered that they are needed (in fact essential) for us to digest food, to prevent disease-causing bacteria from invading the body, and to synthesize essential nutrients and vitamins. Read More