There are trillions of microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, fungi and more) inhabiting the human body. You can find these microscopic critters on your skin and in places such as your nose, throat and genitals. However, the largest collection of bacteria resides in your intestinal tract forming the gut microbiome.
Within the intestinal tract itself, billions of native bacteria coexist with human cells — influencing nearly every physiological function.
Researchers are still unraveling exactly how these microorganisms impact and interact with our biological systems, it’s become evident that the colonies of microbiota living in and on the human body actively impact our health and play a significantly role in maintaining homeostasis.
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- ➤ Vitamin C in citrus fruits and strawberries, as well as spinach, kale and broccoli
- ➤ Vitamin B6 in chicken, salmon and tuna, as well as green vegetables and chickpeas
- ➤ Vitamin E in nuts, seeds and spinach
- ➤ Regular exercise
- ➤ Spending time outdoors
- ➤ Meditation
- ➤ Yoga
- ➤ Doing something you enjoy
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