We are the home to over 100 trillion microorganisms outnumbering our mammalian cells by 10 to 1. Scientists often refer to them as our ‘second genome’. This rich ecosystem of bacteria, fungi, viruses, and more, live in and on the human body – including our nose, lungs, skin, gastrointestinal tract, and reproductive tract.
Our partnering relationship with microorganisms plays a critical role in human health and sustaining life. Without them, there would be no life. The gastrointestinal microbiome, also known as the gut microbiome, is the ‘center core’ of our immunity, metabolism, nervous system, and even our brain. It has been considered by the scientific community as a ‘new organ’.
“The science of the microbiome has critical impacts on human health. Incorporating the microbiome into the diagnosis and management of disease provides important evidence regarding disease progression and treatment — particularly in inflammatory, immune, and systemic diseases.”
~ American Journal of Public Health
Our microbiota are continually involved in a complex crosstalk between our gut and our brain.
“The Second Brain.”
70% of our immune system is housed within the gut. There is a constant ‘interplay’ between our gut microbiota and our immune system.
Our microbial partners have a pivotal role in health to treat… “The Root Cause.”
Our microbial partners are protective and disease preventing. The human gut microbiota is a complex biological community that has an essential role in maintaining systemic health.
Humans rely on microbes to perform critical biological functions that we cannot perform ourselves
~ Dr. Joseph Petrosino, Ph.D.,
“The Microbiome in Precision Medicine: The Way Forward.”