Gut Bacteria - Why It is Good for You

Posted by M ws On Tuesday, October 29, 2013 0 comments
The trillions of gut bacteria that live in our bodies are often the unsung heroes of our good health. Here’s what happens when we disrupt their habitat.

We are vastly, ridiculously, hopelessly, humblingly outnumbered: For every one human cell, there are an estimated ten single-cell microbes in us or on us, at least 100 trillion in all, nestled in our guts and in our urogenital tracts, lying on our skin and happily ensconced in our mouths and noses—entire civilizations of fungi, protozoa, and (mostly) bacteria that eat, breathe, evolve, reproduce, and die.

Before you reach in horror for the hand sanitizer or industrial-strength mouthwash, keep this in mind: A profusion of research in just the past five years is showing that our microbial hitchhikers, collectively called the human microbiota (and so small that they account for only 1 or 2 percent of our body weight), play a key role in maintaining our health. And we disrupt them at our peril.

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