As per ScienceFocus.com:
“In any human body there are around 30 trillion human cells, but our microbiome is an estimated 39 trillion microbial cells including bacteria, viruses and fungi that live on and in us.
We have around 20–25,000 genes in each of our cells, but the human microbiome potentially holds 500 times more.”
Pretty amazing stuff, right? It’s like our body is its own universe, or galaxy.
Did you also know that 29% of all the microbes in the body are in the gut and 26% of all the microbes in the body are in the mouth? So the gut and the mouth hold more than half of all the body’s microbes!
No wonder we have an epidemic of memory-related diseases! The health of the gut and the mouth directly impact the health of the brain. Often, these microbes are unhappily trying to survive in severely compromised environments, leading to brain fog, dementia, Alzheimer's and more!
The World Health Organization states that 55 million people worldwide currently have Alzheimer’s. They project 78 million people will have it worldwide by 2030; and that number will mushroom to 128 million by 2050.
But mull over this: The average life expectancy 100 years ago in the U.S. was 41 years. The United Nations estimates that there were about 95,000 centenarians in 1990 and more than 450,000 in 2015! By 2100, there will be 25 million!
So living longer explains some of the rate of increase in our global population. The other big reason is nutritional deficiencies.
I envision those Alzheimer’s numbers going down, because people will have stopped eating so much sugar and processed foods. Toxins like Round Up and plastic lids on coffee cups and arsenic in beauty care will no longer be used or enter our bodies. We will eat whole foods, mostly plants and healthy proteins. We will have less stress and we will heal from life’s traumas. Our emotional and spiritual health will be strong.
Functional Medicine will be the standard of care, so when you go to your doctor, you will be able to get into the root cause of your illness and heal it holistically.
We will have reversed the epidemic of thyroid disease, autoimmune diseases, Parkinson’s, ALS and Alzheimer’s disease. We will die from natural causes more often than not because our inflammation levels will be down.
What does this mean for our microbes?
Our guts, our brains, our mouths will have healthy microbiota. We will have learned how to live healthfully with our human and microbial cells.