Your gut microbiome is located in your large and small intestines and contains all of the good microbes that your body needs, including certain bacteria, viruses, fungi and yeasts.
These all come from the various foods and drinks we consume on a daily basis, with any that survive the stomach acid moving into the intestinal tract and your gut’s microbiome.
Ideally, the healthier the gut microbiome is, the better you’ll feel. But factors like your diet, any medications you take and illnesses you pick up can all impact it in a negative way.
What does the gut microbiome do?
The gut microbiome offers many important functions within the human body. These often include:
- Supporting your digestion and helping you absorb nutrients
- Aiding the immune system and controlling how your body responds to an infection
- Producing essential vitamins and metabolites (a substance that is made or used when your body breaks down food or tissues to help create energy)
- Helping to maintain your gut barrier’s integrity