Did you know you are home to millions and millions of invisible creatures?

Meet your microbiome, the ecosystem of microscopic organisms that call you home and help to keep you alive!

Art made from gut bacteria. Source: Nicola Fawcett // Wikimedia

For some, it may be unsettling to learn that our bodies are home to an endless array of single-celled inhabitants, but these invisible creatures are a vital part of your health and development.

Your microbiome starts to develop at birth, starting as soon as you make contact with the outside world. Everything from where you live, to the number of siblings you have, to a number of people you interact with, to whether or not you have pets leaves a microbial footprint on you as you grow up.

The microbiome is a fascinating subject, and to get us acquainted with the remarkable organisms that call us home we have a great video from one of our favorite YouTube channels, It’s Okay to be Smart!

If you want to learn more about the microbiome and how it changes over your lifetime, the University of Utah has a great subsite that’s definitely worth checking out.

As we continue to learn about and gain a greater understanding of our microbiomes we are sure to glean new insights into the vital role it plays in our health.

To me, it’s always remarkable to learn how little we really know about ourselves, and the processes that keep us alive. Though space, the deep sea, and the unexplored corners of the globe may get more publicity as great frontiers, our own bodies are, in some ways, as unexplored as the far corners of our solar system.

There is always more to learn, more questions to be asked, more connections to be made.

Stay beautiful & keep laughing!

-Liesl

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Notes:

  1. “The Invisible Creatures That Keep You Alive!” YouTube. It’s Okay To Be Smart, 08 Aug. 2016. Web. 17 May 2017. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEo3N9EOpgw>.

Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

COO Ever Widening Circles

Liesl is a camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often floundering—yoga lover. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV