We have well over a trillion little microbes made up of bacteria viruses, fungi and other organisms just chillin’ in and around our body, mostly in our large intestine (also known as our gut “microbiota”).
It’s a bit like a tropical jungle with loads of different species living and working in harmony.
Now, if you’d told us this a couple of years ago, we would’ve wanted to chuck them right off our turf and out onto the street without an eviction notice, HOWEVER, it turns out, we need them…a LOT!
All of these microbes are exceptionally clever little things which help to control your blood sugar, produce vitamins, manage cholesterol and hormonal balance, prevent you from getting infections, control the calories that you absorb and store, communicate with your nervous system and brain, influence your bone strength and so much more.
Once you get your head round this bit, the next confusing element is understanding the difference between the Gut Microbiome and Microbiota – we’ve made a wee infographic to help you out. they help us out too!