The gut microbiome is defined as the trillions of microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, fungi and others) that are located in the gut. They have several roles in our bodies, such as helping with the metabolic functions of the body, break down compounds that could make us sick, and stimulate our immune system. Each person has a unique microbiome that is also influenced by our DNA, as well as the environment, our lifestyle and diet.
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