3 Fascinating Facts about Bacteria

1. Humans are 99.9% bacterial

Nearly everything that happens in our body is a result of something happening with bacteria in our bodies. Even though we are “germ crazy” it’s interesting to note that our bodies are in fact bacterial. The term “Mutualism” refers to the study of how different kinds of bacteria work together to perform functions that help support things like: attaining nutrients from food, sophisticated immune systems and balancing of emotions and cognition.

2. Breast Milk: The original probiotic

Breast milk contains over 600 types of bacteria, all of which are beneficial for newborn babies to develop important functions in the body. The milk also contains a rich amount of Saccharides, or “milk sugars”, that break down in the baby’s colon to provide nutrients and food to the growing baby.

3. Nutrients can only be absorbed with the help of healthy bacteria

Bacteria of many kinds will clump around by the thousands in your colon. Why? Because much of what we eat cannot be absorbed without the help of these thousands of kinds of bacteria. It’s an interesting part of who we are. Theoretically, a germ-free human would be by definition malnourished since bacteria is required.

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