By Narena Nerahoo ’24 and Jenna Bruckman ’24

The human microbiome is a collection of all the microorganisms that live within the human body. We have microorganisms that live in our gut, on our skin, and all over our body. What do these microbes do? While many of us know microorganisms as the cause of illness, the majority of microbes on and in the human body are actually there to support you. The “good bacteria” help you digest food, fight off infection, maintain your reproductive health, and even play a crucial role in your mental health.

Bailey Health Center shares tips on how you can support a healthy microbiome, and the dietary resources available to you.