The Secret World Inside You

The American Museum of Natural History is exploring the symbiotic relationship between humans and microorganisms. There are 100 trillion bacteria living inside each of us helping us maintain a healthy existence. 

Some highlights to explore at the museum are The Microbiome of Your SkinBuilding Your Microbiome from Birth, and The Microbiome of Your Gut.

Some fun facts:

Did you know that your skin is the largest organ of your body? Differences in skin temperature, texture, thickness, humidity and chemistry can determine the kind of bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms inhabiting your skin. These microbes are continually having turf wars that keep each population in check.

Did you know that you get your first dose of microbes from your mother? From the birth canal to breastfeeding, each individual is receiving a continuous array of microbes that help shape your immune system, your digestive system, and even your brain.

What changes your microbiome? Big shifts during your life such as, adolescence, pregnancy, old age, malnutrition, disease and using antibiotic drugs are all known to alter your microbiome.

Did you know that the vast majority of your body’s microbiome is in your digestive tract? It makes perfect sense if you think about the environment. This warm sheltered space is an ideal environment for microbes to thrive. They are important for our health, our moods,  and our behavior. 

Find out more fun facts about the many ways microbes help us live long and healthy lives. Visit the American Museum of Natural History.