Do our intestines contain germs?

No. The intestines do not contain germs. It is because the human body has innate immunity through which the immune system recognises and kills toxic foreign particles. The term “germs” comprises microscopic fungi, bacteria, viruses and protozoa that cause diseases. 

However, all bacteria are not bad. A study has shown that some good bacteria live in the human gut to boost digestion and support the immune system by maintaining a healthy environment. Another study has shown that there are ‘approximately 300 to 500 bacterial species’ in the human gut. Also, ‘the number of bacteria within the gut is approximately 10 times that of all of the cells in the human body, and the collective bacterial genome is vastly greater than the human genome’.

In conclusion, bad bacteria in the gut can cause diseases like allergy, IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease), obesity, diabetes, and cancer. Whereas good bacteria are an essential part of the gut microbiome that helps maintain good health and prevent various diseases.

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