Why is the gut microbiome important?


our bodies are home to over 100 trillion

microorganisms these microorganisms are

found everywhere and make up microbiomes

over the course of evolution microbes

have evolved with us and have an

important role in the human body without

our microbiome we wouldn't be able to

survive microorganisms live all over the

body but have the highest density in

diversity within the gastrointestinal

tract the gut microbiome is vital for

digestion and helps us break down

complex carbohydrates such as starch and

potatoes and cereals and fiber from

fruits and vegetables the microbiome

also helps provide vitamins and minerals

needed to survive as well as aiding in

digestion the gut microbiome is thought

to play an important role in protecting

against disease stomachs with a healthy

microbiome are thought to be so diverse

that when pathogenic bacteria are

present such as Gila Kobach - pylori

which causes stomach ulcers they aren't

able to thrive and cause disease studies

have also linked a diverse microbiome to

improved heart and brain health weight

control reduced blood sugar levels and a

lower risk of diabetes an imbalance of

microorganisms in the gut is known as

microbial dysbiosis a gut was reduced

microbial diversity may make it more

susceptible to infection the microbiome

has also been linked to the nervous

system and mental health an inefficient

digestive system has been associated

with an over or under stimulation of

nerves carrying information from the

stomach to the brain and could be linked

to a range of conditions including

depression and anxiety it is thought

that the microbiome is essential to your

well-being and there are ways to promote

a diverse gut microbiota eating a varied

diet not using unnecessary antibiotics

and spending more time outdoors are a

few way to promote and maintain a

healthy gut