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WHAT IS IT?
The gut microbiome is a vast community of bacterial species residing symbiotically in our gastrointestinal tract (intestines).
- Trillions of bacterial cells (over 1013 cells)
- Thousands of species
- About 10X more bacterial cells in the human body than mammalian cells
- Approximately 2X genomic information than mammalian genes
- Constitute approximately 1-2kg of our body weight
WHERE ARE THEY FOUND? WHAT DO THEY DO?
Each human being has a unique microflora signature. The relative populations of our gut microflora is dependent on several aspects including: birth method (vaginal vs. cesarean), length of time breast-feeding, exposure to microbes during childhood, antibiotic usage and dietary habits. Based on the latter (diet), three distinct classifications based on the types of of bacteria present have been made. These are known as enterotypes and they are age, gender, body weight and location-independent.
UNHEALTHY MICROFLORA LEADS TO DISEASE
Without a diverse population of bacterial species, humans would succumb to a whole host of diseases. It has been clinically proven that imbalances (dysbiosis) in the gut microflora contributes to the onset or aggravation of.