Your Microbiome = Your Happiness
What is the microbiome, anyway?
Each of us is a collection of microbiomes that connect into one big super-system. There’s a microbiome alive in our bodies and on them, in our living spaces, just about everywhere. Each of us has a distinct microbiome but it’s always in flux based on environmental, behavioral & lifestyle factors. Sit on a chair, open the window, give a hug, pet a dog – you’ve influenced your micros.
Why Should I Care?
Microbiomic health is key to overall health, especially our immunity, digestion and inflammation response. Scientists are finding links to obesity, depression and anxiety, autoimmune diseases, certain cancers and much more.
We spend 95% of our lives indoors
The air inside is up to 500% more polluted than outside
You contain 100,000,000,000 microbes
In the case of our microbiome, our outer world shapes our inner one.
I Contain Multitudes
The microbes within us and a grander view of life
by Ed Yong
Joining the ranks of popular science classics like The Botany of Desire and The Selfish Gene, a groundbreaking, wondrously informative, and vastly entertaining examination of the most significant revolution in biology since Darwin—a “microbe’s-eye view” of the world that reveals a marvelous, radically reconceived picture of life on earth.
I Contain Multitudes is the story of these extraordinary partnerships, between the creatures we are familiar with and those we are not. It reveals how we humans are disrupting these partnerships and how we might manipulate them for our own good. It will change both our view of nature and our sense of where we belong in it.
Meet your Microbes
TED Talk by Jonathan Eisen
Our bodies are covered in a sea of microbes — both the pathogens that make us sick and the “good” microbes, about which we know less, that might be keeping us healthy. At TEDMED, microbiologist Jonathan Eisen shares what we know, including some surprising ways to put those good microbes to work.
More kinds of bacteria live in your house than your yard
Discovery Magazine’s Blog