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  • Your Defences! - Inside Your Guts - Microbe Magic
    defence is the outside of your body and it stops microbes from getting into your body The second line of defence inside your body is made up of lots of different cells that patrol your body and fight bad microbes To learn more about your body s special defences and defenders click on the links Copyright Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre Disclaimer Privacy Policy Terms Of Use Your 1st line of defence

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  • All About Microbes - Microbe Magic
    friends you have are microbes like GI Jake that help to keep you healthy and fight disease Microbes are really pretty cool click on the links to learn more Copyright Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre Disclaimer Privacy Policy Terms Of Use The good the bad the ugly GI Jake a good guy How bacteria works The good bacteria The bad bacteria The ugly bacteria What are probiotics How viruses work The good

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  • Your Immune System - Explore Your Body - Microbe Magic
    at work keeping you healthy Click on the links to find out more Your blood How your blood clots Your white blood cells Your red blood cells Your platelets Your immune response Your antibodies What is vaccination Copyright Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre Disclaimer Privacy Policy Terms Of Use Your mouth Your oesophagus Your stomach Your small intestine Your large intestine Your rectum anus Your blood How your blood clots Your white

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  • Your Digestive System - Inside Your Guts - Microbe Magic
    one big stretchy pipe You can help your digestive system by drinking lots of water and eating a healthy diet that has lots of fibre rich foods like fruit and vegetables If you think you can digest more information click on the links Copyright Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre Disclaimer Privacy Policy Terms Of Use Your 1st line of defence Your skin Your sweat Your tears Your mouth Your nose Your digestive

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  • Healthy Living - Microbe Magic
    keeps your body fit and muscles like your heart strong Healthy living also means you are sensible about things like sunshine which is very good for you but can also be very very bad You also know all about how bad smoking is for your body Healthy living is easy when you know how click on the links to find out more Copyright Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre Disclaimer Privacy Policy Terms

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  • All About Microbes - Microbe Magic
    your skin There are some common villains that cause these diseases and these are usually put into groups according to what shape the bacterium is Cocci these are like little spheres or balls Streptococci cause a lot of sore throats and its cousin Streptococcus pneumoniae causes the more serious lung infection pneumonia A cocci bacterium also causes Meningitis an infection that causes the membrane around the brain to swell Pneumonia and meningitis can be very serious indeed although with better medicines today less people die than did before Bacilli these are shaped like rods There are two very well know causes of food poisoning salmonella and Escherichia coli called E coli Salmonella is usually found in chickens and eggs that have been contaminated and anything that has been made using contaminated chicken or eggs E coli lives in your large intestine and doesn t do you any harm If E coli gets into other parts of your body though it can cause a lot of problems The most common reason people get sick from E Coli bacteria is if they drink water or eat food that has been washed in water that has untreated sewage in it Sewage contains the waste water from toilets and it is usually processed to make it safe The other common reason people get sick from E Coli poisoning is people not washing their hands after they have been to the toilet ugh Make sure you always wash your hands after you go to the toilet before you prepare or eat food There are other bacteria that cause more serious diseases tetanus botulism and tuberculosis Botulism is a nasty type of food poisoning while tetanus makes a toxin that makes muscles go stiff Neither of these are very pleasant but tetanus can be prevented by getting an injection from the doctor when you have a serious cut especially if you are cut by rusty metal Tuberculosis TB lives in the lungs and destroys them Until medicines were found to treat TB it caused a lot of people to die The drugs that treat a lot of diseases caused by bacteria are called antibiotics There are micro organisms that defend themselves by making antibiotics that kill other micro organisms Penicillin is the best known antibiotic it is actually made from a mold Penicillin was discovered by the scientist Sir Alexander Fleming in 1928 He found that mold growing with a colony a group of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria was killing them It wasn t long before scientists found out what part of the mold was killing the bacteria and they began to make lots of it and people were able to recover from bacterial infections more easily The problem was that bacteria are really very clever The more antibiotics that people took the more the bacteria learnt to get around them so today there are a lot of bacteria that penicillin used to kill but it cannot kill any more The bacteria had adapted to the antibiotic

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  • Nutrition - Healthy Living - Microbe Magic
    help your body to grow and stay healthy Some foods are more nutritious that others it is important to know what foods are good for you so that you can give your body the nutrients it needs to work at its best For more nutritious information click on the links Protein Carbohydrates Fats Vitamins Minerals Water Copyright Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre Disclaimer Privacy Policy Terms Of Use Grains Vegetables Fruits Oils

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  • Your Platelets -Your Immune System - Explore Your Body - Microbe Magic
    out To find out more about how platelets help you out of sticky situations click on Find Out More Copyright Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre Disclaimer Privacy Policy Terms Of Use Your mouth Your oesophagus Your stomach Your small intestine Your large intestine Your rectum anus Your blood How your blood clots Your white blood cells Your red blood cells Your platelets Your immune response Your antibodies What is vaccination Your heart

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