The microbes that live on or in your body make up your microbiome — what microbiologist Martin Blaser of the NYU School of Medicine defines as “all the organisms that call us home, that live in us and that interact with each other and with ourselves.”

But just how many tiny inhabitants call our body home?  The answer may surprise you.

The Microbiome Numbers Don’t Lie
importance of microbiome

So, as illustrated above, your microbiome is 80-90% unique to you and outnumbers your cells 100 to 1. You and the microscopic flora and fauna that populate your body, especially in your gut, are intricately connected.

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