• Joan Rothchild Hardin

Good vs Bad Bacteria in the Gut

Source: Aspen Clinic

Our gut microbiomes are home to several pounds of minuscule microorganisms whose jobs include helping digest our food, producing certain vitamins, regulating our immune system, and keeping us healthy by protecting us against disease-causing bacteria. A ‘microbiome’ is defined as the collection of microbes or microorganisms inhabiting an environment, creating a mini-ecosystem. (Baylor College of Medicine, 2017)

These tiny residents in our gut microbiomes include numerous colonies of bacteria, fungi, viruses, and  other microbes. Of the bacterial colonies living in our guts, some are probiotic (beneficial – good for us) and some are pathogenic (disease causing – bad for us). If your gut microbiome contains too few good bacteria and too many bad ones, you’re either already sick or on your way there.