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The term was thrown at me as I was flipping through the pages of the newspaper one morning. I was intrigued to say the least. At first glance it seemed like a word that came with too much biological baggage, teaming with complex nuances, details and connotations. It was. According to the National Institute of Health, “The microbiome is the collection of all microbes, such as bacteria, fungi, viruses, and their genes, that naturally live on our bodies and inside us.” But the term was more than its technical term-heavy definition—the concept had its own, subtle ways of impacting human beings in nearly every aspect of their day-to-day lives—our sleeping habits, dietary patterns, even friendships, relationships and social lives. Wondering how? We got experts to give us the download.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
“Microbiome is referred to the community of microorganisms present in a certain environment. The gut microbiome in particular are the microorganisms present throughout the lining of the gut,” says Dr Eileen Canday, HOD, Nutrition and Dietetics, Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital.
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