Broad Spectrum Antibiotics Also Perturb Our Microbiomes

Our bodies contain trillions of bacteria that have evolved to live in humans. More than 38,000 different species live in the human digestive tract, and bacteria occupy at least 20 distinct niches on our skin. The microbes carried by each host are collectively called a microbiome. Humans have evolved to take advantage of the bacteria, and the bacteria gain advantage from us. Box 1-2 describes examples relating to obesity and pain. Some bacteria help humans digest food, whereas others protect from particular pathogens. For example,

Was this article helpful?

0 0
Keep Your Weight In Check During The Holidays

Keep Your Weight In Check During The Holidays

A time for giving and receiving, getting closer with the ones we love and marking the end of another year and all the eating also. We eat because the food is yummy and plentiful but we don't usually count calories at this time of year. This book will help you do just this.

Get My Free Ebook

Post a comment