Maintaining the Microbiome: The Art of Balancing Colonization & Infection
Conventionally, we only think about the microbes on our skin and bodies when we become sick with an infection. Yet in reality, our microbial friend inhabitants have a much greater effect on our overall health and well-being than once understood. There is a significant relationship between our environment and the interaction with others on our body’s microbial flora. And now there is an increased focus on our “microbiome” and how it relates to our health. So what is our microbiome? And, what happens when it is altered and why would we purposefully remove some of these bugs (decolonization)?