Microbes are the oldest form of life on earth

There are microbes everywhere. Your body contains 10 times more microbes than human cells. Each of us has a microbiome: our own community of trillions of single cell, living organisms. As we look after it, it looks after us. Most microbes are helpful and life enhancing; very few cause disease. In trying to kill the bad ones, we can strengthen them and make our environment and us sick.

Microbes complete the cycle of life through the process of fermentation and they are also powerful antioxidants. They break down organic waste in the cycle of life and use the remaining minerals and nutrients for regeneration.

Healthy biomes contain a huge variety of microbes doing thousands of different jobs, breaking down food in the gut, delivering calcium and vital nutrients to where they are needed, and generally boosting our health and that of our soils, plants and animals.


Lactobacilli are very good for gut health. They produce lactic acid, which may prevent harmful bacteria from colonizing the intestines. They also help the lining of the intestines to stay intact. There are lots of different species of lactobacilli which all do slightly different jobs.


Yeasts synthesise microbial and other useful substances needed for plant growth from the amino acids and sugars secreted by photosynthetic bacteria, organic matter and plant roots. Bioactive substances such as hormones and enzymes produced by yeasts promote active cell and root division and provide food for effective microbes such as lactobacilli.

Photosynthetic Bacteria

Photosynthetic Bacteria are a group of independent, self-supporting microbes, synthesising amino acids, nucleic acids, bioactive substances and sugars, all of which support healthy human, plant and animal growth. They use sunlight and soil heat as sources of energy.

Microbial Videos

Here are some videos made by us and some we find really interesting, all exploring the wonderful world of microbes. If you come across any microbial videos that you like or find interesting then please feel free to send them into us at info@microbz.co.uk 🙂

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  • The marvellous macro-mineral, magnesium
  • The gut flora: You and your 100 trillion friends: Jeroen Raes
  • Dan Knights: How we study the microbes living in your gut
  • Fewer flies thanks to Microbz
  • Chlorinated water and the affects on our gut health
  • Meet the microscopic life in your home and on your face | Anne Madden
  • Bio-Live for Women: the positive effects for pregnancy
  • Keeping your microbes
  • Probiotic Ceramic Water Pipes
  • Which Bio-Live should I take?
  • The cycle of life: helped by microbes
  • Introducing one solution: microbial cleaners
  • Bio-Live: Living health in a bottle
  • Introducing a probiotic made all the difference for Amber's son
  • Horses need probiotics too
  • What causes antibiotic resistance?
  • Nutritionalist Zara Kirk talks about discovering microbes
  • Broken Brain: Episode 2
  • Freshen your home with beneficial microbes
  • Elaine Hsiao: Mind-altering microbes: how the microbiome affects brain and behaviour.
  • Balance the bacteria in your pond
  • Robert Prill: Microbes in our food can save lives
  • Boost your plants naturally with a probiotic
  • Bio-Live - A Powerful Antioxidant
  • Jonathan Eisen: Meet your Microbes
  • Regeneration - An earth saving solution
  • How Microbes make us who we are

How Microbes Work

Microbes have been around for millions of years and successfully colonised every corner of the earth and every creature on it. Here are four fundamental principles that are the heart of their achievement.


In any environment only around 5% of microbes are beneficial or regenerative to life, and around 5% are detrimental or degenerative to life and the remaining majority are simply opportunistic. The opportunistic microbes support whichever microbes are dominant.

If the degenerative microbes become dominant, the opportunistic ones will gravitate towards them so there is a negative effect, for example a sudden bout of food poisoning, a tummy bug or a plant pest.

If the regenerative microbes are dominant then the opportunistic ones will support the positive effects. Using products that contain beneficial microbes boosts the numbers of regenerative microbes so that the detrimental ones do not have the chance to flourish.

The Cycle of Life

All natural environments have a cycle of life and death, and microbes are important at every step. They are the building blocks of life. They break down organic matter so it can be used again for regenerating life. Microbes are good at completing the cycle, a skill we humans have not mastered.

See our infographic on the cycle of life here and also watch Jeff’s video.


The healthy breakdown of organic matter is critical in the cycle of life process. This can happen in two ways: putrefaction or fermentation. In putrefaction matter is broken down, often without the presence of oxygen, producing a rotting smell due to toxic gases like methane and ammonia being released.

In fermentation matter is broken down into its constituent parts, mostly carbohydrates, nitrates and phosphates, which are then readily available for other organisms to use. Fermentation can take place with or without oxygen.


The presence of free radicals, or unstable molecules, subjects our cells to continuous damage, known as oxidation. This process makes us age, converts healthy cells into cancerous ones, elevates the blood pressure, hardens the arteries, promotes inflammation in arthritis and asthma, and causes infertility. Oxidation is exacerbated by pollution and our increasing use of chemicals.

Antioxidants keep us healthy by delaying or preventing cell damage. Antioxidants are found in a variety of foods including Bio-Live and bring health benefits by neutralising free radicals and protecting cell stability.

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At microbzforhorses.co.uk they make unique natural combinations of beneficial microbes designed to benefit horses, stables and paddocks.

Go to the microbz for horses website here.

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At microbesforfarms.co.uk they use beneficial microbes help to improve soil quality and reduce the need for fertilisers.

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