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Microbiome

Your Microbiome: The Ecosystem Inside

For a long time, the medical establishment treated viruses and bacteria as the enemy — alien invaders to be exterminated with antibiotics or attacked by the immune system as soon as they breached the body’s walls. Over the past several years, though, scientists have shown that the body is an ecosystem made up of more than 100 trillion microbes that, in order to maintain a person’s health, must be properly balanced and cared for. These various viruses, bacteria, fungi and protozoa in our bodies — called the microbiome — supply us with critical vitamins, help fight dangerous pathogens, keep the immune system in balance, and modulate weight and metabolism by extracting energy and calories from the food we eat.