Just so we’re clear, we all have our own little ecosystems to take care of and should be aware of it. Now that we know, we need to nourish it. Take care of it. Love it.
No more baths or showers, no more antibacterial soap soaked loofahs. Just stick with your fuzzy navels.
Maybe the hippies had the right idea all along.
The following excerpt is from a recent Nat Geo article. Be sure to hit the link at the end to read it in its entirety.
From 60 belly buttons, the team found 2,368 bacterial species, 1,458 of which may be new to science.
Some belly buttons harbored as few as 29 species and some as many as 107, although most had around 67. Ninety-two percent of the bacteria types showed up on fewer than 10 percent of subjects—in fact, most of the time, they appeared in only a single subject.
One science writer, for instance, apparently harbored a bacterium that had previously been found only in soil from Japan—where he has never been.
Another, more fragrant individual, who hadn’t washed in several years, hosted two species of so-called extremophile bacteria that typically thrive in ice caps and thermal vents.
Click here for the full article.
Pic by National Geographic.