The human microbiome was first discovered in the mid-1880s when Austrian paediatrician, Theodor Escherich, uncovered the presence of Escherichia coli – a species of bacteria typically found within the stomach and intestines. While the 20th Century saw the identification of multiple microorganisms from nasal passages, oral cavities and skin, it wasn’t until the introduction of the Human Microbiome Project (HMP) in 2007 that microbial science became mainstream.
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The world of science and medicine is only just beginning to uncover the full extent of the gut microbiome’s effect on overall health and wellness, which makes it an exciting time in the sphere of gut-mediated wellness. Father of modern medicine Hippocrates claimed over 2000 years ago that ‘all diseases begin in the gut’ and while we know this is an oversimplification, modern scientific research has shown that the gut microbiome is a lot more pivotal to overall wellbeing than first thought.