This story was updated on Oct. 7, 2019 to reflect new study data.
There is new research that proposes that the best way to treat a bacterial infection in one woman’s vagina might be to transplant bacteria from another woman’s vagina.
Our bodies are home to a diverse ecosystem of bacteria. Different body parts host different bacterial communities and require a specific balance of microbes to stay healthy. In the vagina, one strain reigns supreme: Lactobacillus. One theory as to why Lactobacilli are beneficial is that they produce lactic acid, keeping the vaginal pH relatively acidic and killing off most…
The human gut contains a host of life forms with their own genes that make up our gut microbiome. Over 10 trillion microorganisms live inside human intestines, with some recent estimates putting the number as high as 39 trillion. That means people have more microbes in their large intestine than human cells throughout their body. The human gut is also home to a sophisticated network of over 100 million neurons , which many experts refer to as the body’s “second brain.”
These microbial environments are now revealing new insights about psychology and behavior.
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