For most of us, home is where the heart is, but for trillions of bacteria and other microbes that live inside you, home is your gut.
Microbes, or micro-organisms, are one-celled organisms like bacteria, fungi, and viruses that may help to either promote your health or harm it. Human beings acquire these microbes at birth during vaginal delivery when exposed to their mother’s bacteria.
Digestive diseases and disorders are very common in the United States today, responsible for over 22 million visits to the doctor's office annually. One reason for this alarming number is that there are so many different conditions that affect the digestive system. Combing through all of these conditions can raise more questions, starting with "What do all of these acronyms stand for?"