There are many factors that impact our gut microbiome but I always like to make the distinction between two aspects:
- what affects the kinds of microbes we get in early life, that will become what I call the ‘foundation microbiome’
- and what affects our microbiome once it has settled in our gut after infancy, our ‘established microbiome’
The following graphic includes some of the factors involved in shaping the microbiota. I hope you find it informative!
(I will progressively include more info on each factor)