In a world overwhelmed with antibacterial products, did you know that there are about as many bacterial cells as human cells in a healthy human body? (Sender R, 2016). It’s not all the same bacteria species - we are still human, after all. The research suggests a dynamic community of over 10,000 microbial residents, commonly referred to as the microbiome.
Microbiome scientists study the balance of microorganisms in the body and their role in human health. The first wave of research focused on digestion and the microbiome of the gut, and for centuries, people have been taking probiotics to support digestion. In the last decade, the scientists behind ResBiotic turned their attention to how microbiome science can be used to support the lungs.
Recent studies have shown correlations between an imbalanced microbiome, also known as dysbiosis, and respiratory health. So, have you ever thought about how the microbiome of the gut affects your lungs?
Every breathing moment, there are non-stop conversations happening between microbes and cells in the gut and lungs. Certain bacteria consume prebiotics, like fiber, to produce metabolites that travel through systemic circulation to affect lung health.