Your microbiome is an astounding collection of microorganisms which comprises of a number of different types of bacteria, viruses and fungi. These microorganisms play a vital role in digesting the food you eat and absorbing nutrients. Bacteria make up the bulk of your microbiome – about 30-50 trillion cells. The human body itself contains about 37 trillion human cells, so actually, you’re roughly half bacteria and half human.
The human microbiome is as unique as your fingerprint, made up of hundreds of different types of bacteria; the specific number of bacteria cells varies throughout the day and is constantly turning over. This is good news if you’re trying to improve your gut health, as your microbiome population is easily affected by the introduction of live cultures and different types of food you eat.