Microbes essay

Topics: Bacteria, Metabolism, Microorganism Pages: 2 (565 words) Published: February 2, 2014
Microbes in environment and health Micro-organisms are very dangerous but they can also help you. They cure you but they can also kill you. They have been around longer than dinosaurs. They can adjust to almost any environment. There are six types of microbes. There is Archaea, Bacteria, Fungi, Protista, Viruses and Microbial mergers. Microbes play a big part in people’s health and in the environment. Good

Microbes play a big part in people’s health. They mostly play bad parts in health even though the ratio of bacteria in your body is 85% good bacteria and 15% bad bacteria. In World War 1 more people died of illnesses caused by infection than the in actual war. Bacteria multiples really fast – like once every 20 minutes! So let’s say if you have 1 bacterium at 9am on Monday, by noon you will have 512 and 8 by 4pm you will have over 2 million and by the time you go to bed (8pm) you will have nearly 9 thousand million! Bad bacteria like the Clostridium family, of botulism fame, live in our guts and dine on our Western diets of high fat, high sugar and processed foods. These bacteria can produce toxins that are released into the bloodstream and could affect the brain in a bad way.

Microbes also play good parts in people’s health. The microbes that normally live in association with humans on the various surfaces of the body, such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium (which are found in yogurt), are known to protect their hosts from infections, and otherwise promote nutrition and health. It could maybe even be used for fighting cancer. We tend to think of microbes as bad—pathogens that need to be killed—but new research suggests that storing scores of them is paramount to our health and metabolism. It appears that bacteria can affect energy absorption. The amount of energy is small, but researchers wonder if over time this could be a factor in weight maintenance.

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