Our intestines contain trillions microorganisms, and over a thousand different bacterial species. Of these species, one third is common to most people, while the remaining two thirds are unique to each of us, which makes our intestinal flora as individual as fingerprints. The composition of bacteria that make up the intestinal flora changes over time and is affected by our diet and environment.
The total weight of the intestinal bacteria amounts to approximately two kilograms. In addition to helping with digestion, the intestinal flora fills other functions, such as playing an important role in the immune system. Imbalance in the intestinal flora can be linked to various conditions such as IBS, allergy, obesity and diabetes.
Groups at CMM working with microbiota: