All the microorganisms (bacteria, yeast, fungi, viruses) living an a specific environment, called microbiome, in a host animal or plant.
The human microbiota corresponds to all the microorganisms that have colonized your body and with which you cohabitate: mainly bacteria, but also viruses, fungi, yeast and protozoa. Its composition differs according to the surfaces colonized: cutaneous microbiota, vaginal microbiota, urinary microbiota, respiratory microbiota, ENT microbiota and intestinal microbiota, also called the intestinal flora, by far the largest with 100 trillion microorganisms.
Where are the different microbiota of the body?
The ENT flora includes microbiotas from the ears, nose, throat and mouth. They contribute to the health of the sites they colonize, but under the influence of some factors, they can be disrupted and be associated to certain diseases. For example, the nose microbiota of asthmatic people is different from that of healthy individuals.Discover this microbiota
Lungs and bronchi were assumed to be sterile in healthy people for a long time, but we now know for a fact that they host their own microbiota, which has a complex and still poorly understood role. This flora has arguably a protective role against infections and allergies, and it could be involved in the development of chronic respiratory diseases when it is disrupted by tobacco, antibiotics...Discover this microbiota
The skin microbiota is made up of a complex mix of microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites) coating the skin, and serves as a barrier. A disrupted skin microbiota can be associated to skin diseases such as acne, psoriasis or eczema.Discover this microbiota
The gut microbiota includes all bacteria, viruses, fungi and other microorganisms that colonize our intestines. A balance between all the species contributes to our good health, but this balance can be disrupted by several factors (poor diet, antibiotics...) and then be associated to disorders such as diarrhea.Discover this microbiota
The urinary microbiota was recently discovered and still needs to be thoroughly investigated to be better understood. Its role is sometimes controversial, but it is assumed that it could contribute to the urinary tract health and that its imbalance could be associated to urinary disorders such as cystitis, prostatitis, urinary tract infection, etc.Discover this microbiota
Microorganisms living in the vagina are collectively called “vaginal flora” and are essential to a good female intimate health. Together they form a fragile ecosystem whose composition varies depending on the different stages of life (pregnancy, menopause...). Their imbalance may be associated to infections such as bacterial vaginosis or vaginal candidiasis.Discover this microbiota