The GI tract is made up of everything from the mouth all the way through to the anus. The body houses a variety of bacterial ecosystems. The gut, known as the small and large intestine, has its own microbiome of bacteria not found anywhere else in the body. There are over 400 bacterial species, mainly found in the lower bowel. The stomach is more acidic, housing sparse amounts of bacteria. The gut is responsible for absorbing nutrients, housing both helpful and harmful bacteria, and excreting waste. The primary function is to absorb the nutrients from your food, so the body can function optimally. Improving gut function and health has been scientifically shown to improve skin health, immune function, mood, and energy levels. Because the skin and the gut both share several similarities, we know there is a gut-skin axis. Both host individual microbiomes and play key roles as defenders against pathogens invading from the outside environment.
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