This is called the microbiome, or gut flora. These trillions of micro-organisms help absorb nutrients from the food you eat and provide the energy you need each day.
The gut microbiome contains more bacteria than anywhere else in the body and is thought to play a crucial role in maintaining your health and wellbeing.
Not only does the gut flora protect you from infection, but research has shown that the composition of the gut microbiome is altered in many diseases. This includes a reduction in the diversity of your gut flora.
Good gut health is important for your general wellbeing and can also have a profound effect on your health. The extent of which is still being explored by researchers. We already know that a healthy digestive system is associated with a higher quality of sleep, a stronger immune system, clearer skin, and better mood.