Have you ever heard about the “microbiome?” It kind of sounds like a creature from another planet. Instead, it is a collection of “creatures” existing within each of us. Although I am no means an expert on this topic, in this short blog I’ll highlight some tidbits on this evolving research.
Within our body, and especially on our skin, in our nose, and in particular within our gut, we have around 100 trillion bacteria, fungi and viruses, collectively called our “microbiome.” We have 10 times more of these microbial cells living in our body than our own cells. And, believe
it or not, without these microbial cells, we wouldn’t survive. Estimates vary, but it is estimated that there are over 1,000 different species of both protective and pathogenic microorganisms within our body.