Love this post on how the microbiome affects everything! @zachbushmd
The microbiome is the extraordinarily complicated and massive ecosystem of bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses that fill every nook of the planet, and the human body itself. The soil, water and the air harbor unique subsets of this extraordinary web of life.
The microbiome can interact with one another within a species, and across species with a variety of communication methods, including microRNA that affect the gene expression of nearby organisms, electrical pulsations, electrolyte (potassium for example) pulses, infrared emission, and peptide/protein production.
The microbiome in our bodies and in the environment around us is the foundation of energy production, digestion, detoxification, and distribution of resources.
In soil for example, bacteria, parasites, and fungi breakdown organic materials to liberate macronutrients like the fuels of carbohydrates and fat, or the building blocks of amino acids and proteins.
In addition, they process micronutrients into bioavailable resources such as the elements of selenium, calcium, etc.
The mycelium within the soil is then able to function like a superhighway system, delivering needed nutrient resources to distant sites that are signaling a deficiency of said nutrient.