The microbiome refers to the complex community of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other microbes, that reside in and on our body.
The human microbiome is essential to human health, playing a critical role in digestion, immune function, metabolism, and even mental health. The microbiome in the gut is particularly important and is responsible for breaking down food, producing vitamins, and preventing harmful pathogens from taking over. The microbiome on the skin is also important for protecting against harmful bacteria and maintaining healthy skin.
Recent research shows that imbalances in the microbiome, known as dysbiosis, may contribute to a range of health problems, including dandruff, eczema, cradle cap, inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, and even certain mental health conditions.