Now that you’re convinced that gut health is actually legit, let’s look at what it actually is. The microbiome (also known as your gut flora) refers to the collection of microorganisms that live inside our bodies.
Your microbiome is developed when you’re just a wee bebe and it can be influenced by your DNA. As you grow, your microbiome is exposed to a bunch of different foods, diets, environmental factors and medicine. This combination results in a healthy, flourishing biome or place you at a greater risk of disease. More on that later!
It’s strange to think about, but there are about 100 trillion tiny bugs, bacteria and fungi that live inside and along your gastrointestinal system. Having a balanced mix of them helps your body to function properly. Some researchers even consider the microbiome a whole extra organ!