Buzz­word: Mi­cro­biome

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Al­though mi­cro­biota and mi­cro­biome are of­ten used in­ter­change­ably, there are dif­fer­ences in the ter­mi­nol­ogy used to de­scribe your gut flora. Ac­cord­ing to Nutri­tion Re­views, mi­cro­biota refers to the mi­cro­bial cells har­bored in your gut, while mi­cro­biome is a cat­a­logue of th­ese cells and the genes held within them. Each in­di­vid­ual’s mi­cro­biome is as unique as their fin­ger­print and can be dras­ti­cally altered de­pend­ing on diet and ex­po­sure to tox­ins. But what ex­actly are your gut mi­crobes ca­pa­ble of? Re­search shows they af­fect health, im­mu­nity, mood, and on­set of disease. It’s im­por­tant to eval­u­ate your diet not just for spe­cific nu­tri­ents, but for foods that sup­port a bal­anced mi­cro­biome—such as fer­mented foods or those high in fiber. Source: Na­ture

10 TRIL­LION TO 100 TRIL­LION

The num­ber of mi­cro­bial cells hav­ing a party in your gut

3.3 MIL­LION

The num­ber of nonre­dun­dant genes in the hu­man gut mi­cro­biome

22 THOU­SAND

The es­ti­mated amount of genes in the en­tire hu­man genome

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