Your microbiome is a bacterial ecosystem that lives in your gut. It makes up most of your body and your immune system, according to Mindbodygreen.com.
The bacteria in your body actually outnumbers your own cells times ten. According to the U.S. News website, there are about 1,000 unique species in your intestines.
Your bacteria have a symbiotic relationship with you. You house and feed them, and they digest your food, manufacture some nutrients, defend you from toxins, and help to maintain your immune system.
1) Your Microbiome
If it sounds like your microbiome is in the driver seat as your puppet master — it is. Microbes manufacture, manage and manipulate how you feel, how you look, what you think, and what you do to an amazing extent.
The physical effects of the microbiome can also cause mental and emotional problems like depression and anxiety.
Your microbiome is also affected by your mental, emotional and physical health. It is, for instance, affected by leaky gut syndrome, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth known as SIBO, a compromised immune system and stress.
2) Leaky Gut Syndrome
A leaky gut could literally be the cause of some serious and unpleasant health problems but unfortunately it also can't be confirmed by a particular lab test. Getting a diagnosis can be tricky, as the specific causes of gut problems are not always clear cut.
Perhaps the symptoms don't seem to be related or don't fit the profile of a particular illness. Maybe more than one health problem is present.
Intestinal permeability, or worse yet, hyperpermeability, may be allowing substances in the digestive tract to enter into the bloodstream. This happens, for instance, to people who have Crohn's disease and celiac disease.
For many conditions, trial and error is needed to determine what foods if any are causing problems.
2) Immune System
The health of your gut microbiome is closely tied with the health of your immune system. An unhealthy microbiome can also make for a compromised immune system.