IN & OUTside… Microorganisms are all over! Personal Care and Nutraceutical markets: their approach to Microbiota
FROM OUTSIDE TO INSIDE: THE VITAL ROLE OF GUT MICROBIOTA
Did you remember to take care of your skin microbiota last summer, while sunbathing, swimming in the sea, trekking and climbing mountains? Now that the importance and role of microorganisms’ community inhabiting our skin is getting more and more widespread, I am sure you did it, or at least you thought about your commensal friends that were relaxing together with you on holiday, laying on your skin! What about the rest of “friends” inhabiting our body? Probably you know already that microorganisms are not only inhabiting the skin, but, on the contrary, we can find complex ecosystem of bacteria colonizing different areas of our body (i.e. mouth, gut, airways, vagina) (1). Maybe you will be surprised by recent studies reporting that the number of microbial cells inhabiting human body is in the same order of the total number of human cells (2).
Historically, the gut microbiota is the most well-known, studied and recognized also in the public domain. When I was a child, my grandmother used to quote an Italian proverb, whose meaning was more or less “As long as you have smelling ... ...