Did you know there are more bacteria on earth than there are stars in the universe?
Scientists from the University of Georgia estimate the number of bacteria on our planet to be five million trillion trillion – that’s a five with 30 zeroes after it.
That makes them something to talk about.
We typically think of bacteria in a negative light – they cause infections such as strep throat, food poisoning, and Lyme.
But thankfully not all bugs (not even most) are bad.
In fact, many are essential to keeping us, and the planet we live on, alive. We have many species of helpful bacteria living in our digestive tracts and on our skin that help support digestion and are an essential part of our immune system.
This month we are exploring all things bacterial, including what we can do to support a healthy relationship with the bugs we like and resist the ones we don’t.