YOU’RE ONLY 10% HUMAN
…The rest? Bacteria. Meet upto 100 billlion friends you don't know. Once we understand that there is a vast, complex ecosystem of microorganisms supporting us, it’s worth getting to know them a little bit more.
How do bacteria get into our system? How many of them actually are there? And how long have they been around? Here are a few facts about our beautiful bacteria:
Scientists believe bacteria has been living in harmony with larger life forms for over 500 million years.
- Firstly, bacteria and humans go way back. Five hundred million years back, in fact. Even though we are only coming to recognise this whole microbial world now, our little friends have known about us for much, much longer. Scientists believe bacteria has been living in harmony with larger life forms for over 500 million years. Giving them plenty of time to hone their health-promoting activities, like fighting off toxins and generating energy.
- Fact number two: these little guys outnumber us. Quite substantially, in fact. It’s thought that for every one human cell there are up to 10 bacterial cells. This means we’re essentially 90% bacteria, 10% human. A little overwhelming, isn’t it? And another reason to make sure we keep them happy.
- If there are so many of them, where are they? Well, these microorganisms live up to their name: they are pretty microscopic and far too small to be seen with the naked eye. If you were able to see them, however, the largest concentration would be visible in your intestines and the second largest in your mouth. There are thought to be over 700 different types of microorganisms on your tongue, lips, cheek, and throat alone.
4. This diverse mix means something else pretty special. Our bacterial composition is as unique as a fingerprint – it’s been speculated that in the future, different people could be identified simply by looking at their community of bacteria. Even now, you can send off samples to see a breakdown of your own individual bacterial blend . Great if you want to compare your prevotella to your helicobacter pylori...
5. One last fact: if you did one of these bacteria studies in your mouth – that important bacterial hub – just one millilitre of saliva would give you a huge 100,000,000 microorganisms. Considering such big numbers, it’s no wonder these guys may have a significant impact on our health.
Luckily, there are a few ways to take care of this community. Zendium helps introduce lost nutrients to oral bacteria, enabling it to cleanse itself and maintain a healthy balance. If you want to give it a go, try the 14 week challenge. Research shows just 14 weeks of using Zendium can change the pattern of microorganisms in your mouth to ensure a good balance of in your unique oral microbiome.