Your stomach, colon and intestines are home to more than 100 trillion tiny living bacteria. This bacteria helps you digest food efficiently, extracting all the good stuff so it can be absorbed into your system.
Healthy gut bacteria synthesise vitamins, convert fibre into short-chain fatty acids, and support your immune system. They also help destroy harmful bacteria and other nasty microorganisms.
A gut that has too few good bacteria, and too much harmful bacteria, is not a happy gut.
An imbalance in gut bacteria, or a lack of diversity in the type of bacteria in the gut, can lead to weight gain, insulin resistance, inflammation in your body’s systems, bowel disease and even colorectal cancer. Yikes!