[podcast src=”https://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/5068821/height/360/theme/standard/thumbnail/yes/direction/forward/” height=”360″ width=”100%” placement=”top” theme=”standard”]Are we alone in the universe? Not at all. In fact we share our lives with trillions of other organisms. Where are they and what are they doing? Well you don’t need a telescope to see them but a microscope.

Each of us is made of trillions of cells but we are outnumbered by 9 to 1 by microbes that live in us and on us. So what are they doing to us or for us. Alanna Collen, Author of 10% Human: How Your Body’s Microbes Hold the Key to Health and Happiness reviews the important roll microbes living in our Guts, mouths and on our skin are living a secret life that can help us be health and happy. Although not all microbe are the same, many are necessary for us to function well and when they are absent or not in sufficient numbers or in balance with other microbes we can experience disease and mental health issues.

In this episode we will discuss:

  1. The role of microbes in health and disease
  2. The impact of overly clean environments on our health
  3. What we can do to cultivate a healthy environment for our microbes to grow and flourish.

Further Information

Alanna Collen (2015). 10% Human: how your body’s microbes hold the key to your health and happiness

American Gut: http://americangut.org