Microbiome science is a rapidly expanding field of research that is uncovering the importance of the trillions of microbes that live on and inside our bodies. These microbes, known as the microbiome, play a vital role in human health and well-being.
The microbiome has been linked to everything from digestion and metabolism to mood and cognitive function. Increasingly, scientists are understanding that strategies to support the microbiome may be important for preventing or managing chronic diseases.
The gut microbiota, which is the largest collection of bacteria in the body, has been shown to be especially important for human health. The gut microbiota helps us digest food, synthesize vitamins and minerals, regulate our immune system and protect us from disease-causing bacteria.
There are many ways to support the gut microbiota, including eating probiotic foods and supplements, reducing stress, getting enough exercise and spending time outdoors. For more information on how to support your gut microbiota, see our article: The Importance of the Microbiome.