Why the Gut Microbiome Is Crucial for Our Health?
The human body is full of bacteria, viruses, and fungi. They are collectively known as the microbiome, and their totals are impressive, numbering in the trillions.
While some bacteria are associated with disease, others are extremely important for your immune system, heart, weight, and many other aspects of health.
What is the Gut Microbiome?
Bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other microscopic living things are referred to as microorganisms, or microbes, for short.
Trillions of these microbes exist mainly inside your intestines, with some also known to be on the skin. It is here that most of the microbes in the intestines are found, in a “pouch” at the junction of the small and large intestine called the cecum. The microbes found in the cecum are generally referred to as the gut microbiome. For various reasons, bacteria are widely studied even though many different types of microbes exist inside us. [Read more…]