All the good bacteria in and on your body constitute what is known as your microbiome. Your microbiome is made up of bacteria, viruses, fungi, archaea, and protozoa. There are 10 times as many of them as there are cells in your body, and they even have their own genome, or DNA!
Specific microbes (microscopic organisms) live in specific parts of the body where they perform specific functions. The microbes located in the hair follicles on your head are different from the microbes in your nose, which are different from the microbes in your large intestine.
These microbes that make up your microbiome perform a variety of functions in the body. They help us digest our food, produce vital nutrients such as folate and vitamins K and B12, and they prevent us from getting sick. Without the microbes in and on our bodies, we wouldn’t be able to survive.
Most of these microbes are good microbes. We want them because they take up space so bad microbes have no place to park. Many illnesses have now been linked with too many of the wrong microbes ending up in the wrong part of the body, or simply not enough microbes. These illnesses include mental illness, colitis, autoimmune diseases, autism, obesity, asthma, and of course, cancer.
Given how important the microbiome is the good health, what can we do to heal and maintain it? Here are some tips:
Good digestion is the basis of good health. Supporting your microbiome will go a long way to ensuring lifelong good health.