NEW YORK CITY (PIX11) -- Dr. Don Satchell- Biochemist for Situ Biosciences.
"Our human bodies are covered in microorganisms. There’s no getting around it, it’s just a fact of life," Satchell says.
But what one inquiring mind from New York Magazine wanted to find out was exactly how many microorganisms were swarming on our little piggies when we wear flip flops.
The results were pretty nasty.
His feet were apparently filthier than an almost 2 mile stretch of the Gowanus Canal, which not only stinks, but is also considered one of the most polluted bodies of water in the country.
What’s another good comparison to gross you out? Take raw hamburger meat. When the perfect temperature, moisture and humidity and nutrients come together, our feet contain millions of microorganisms equal to a mound of ground beef.
Candida, a common yeast like fungus, Propionibacterium – which causes feet to stink -- and another foot fungus that can cause athlete’s foot are all found on sweaty feet after walking around in sandals.
Truthfully, Dr. Satchell says there’s really no escaping the micro bugs.
The solution to rid ourselves of some them is pretty simple: bathe regularly with soap and water.