You’ll probably know that our bodies are home to millions upon millions of microorganisms — commonly referred to as the human microbiome.
These communities of bacteria, fungi, viruses and protozoa thrive in areas of particular warmth and moisture in our bodies: primarily the gut, but also the mouth and, for women, the vagina.
Let’s explore the importance of the gut microbiome. What’s its role and can consuming probiotics help our gut health?
What is the gut microbiome?
The gut microbiome refers to the communities of microorganisms living in the human intestinal tract. Within this part of our body, there are estimated to be over 300 species of bacteria. Many of these are beneficial, but some can be harmful in excessive amounts.
Why is the gut microbiome important?
The gastrointestinal system is incredibly complex and there has been very compelling evidence of the