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๐Ÿฅ Believe it or not, not all bacteria are bad. In fact, some are really good for us. Our bodies are actually home to a couple of trillion bacteria, most of which live in our gut.

๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ The microorganisms that live on and in us play a significant role in the proper functioning of our digestive tract, immune system, skin, and other body systems.

๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿฝ Before weโ€™re born we have absolutely no microbes growing inside of us. Babies delivered vaginally are exposed to a whole lot of their mother's microbes before entering the world. Babies born by caesarean section pick up some microbes from the air and their motherโ€™s skin.

๐Ÿ So how exactly do the โ€˜good guysโ€™ keep us healthy? Well, they attack infective agents and prevent harmful microbes from colonizing our gut, help digest our food, synthesize important vitamins, and play a role in strengthening the immune system.

๐Ÿ˜ท A negative change in our microbial balance, where the bad guys overpower the good guys, is also known as dysbiosis, and it can make us more susceptible to illness and disease. Many different factors can contribute to dysbiosis including diet, medication, antibiotic use, smoking, and illnesses.


Resources

  1. Dr Megan Rossi - RD, Research Associate at King's College London, and Gut Health specialist (find her website here & Instagram @theguthealthdoctor here)
  2. Gut Health - a basic introduction
  3. Gut Health - the new kid on the block (Glow Gathering feature)