Microbiome 101

July 27 2022 – Genevieve Chaplin

Microbiome 101

Microbiome 101

Firstly, what is the microbiome?

Most people have heard about the gut microbiome, but we also have a skin microbiome, mouth microbiome, genital microbiome and even a nose microbiome! Put simply, a microbiome is what we call the entirety of micro-organisms that live in and on your body. 

Roughly, the number of microorganisms is the same number as your own human cells. This means, you are 50% bacteria! 

Everyday, we are learning more about the microbiome and how important it is to our overall health. This is not just a trend, but a subject in health that will stay for a very long time. These microbes protect you, fight for you and even synthesis some of your food and hormones. 

Why is the microbiome new?

Considering it has quite literally always existed, why are we ony just starting to discuss and learn about the microbiome? Because basically, until now, we weren't able to even see these tiny microorganisms! 

3 facts about the microbiome..

- It is entirely unique to you, and no two microbiomes are the same!

- The microbiome consists of bacteria, virus, fungi and other populations (not just bacteria)

- Studies are now expanding into whether or not we have a brain microbiome!

If you would like to find out more about the microbiome, you can watch the TED talk but Rob Knight