What affects the microbiome?

There are many factors that impact our gut microbiome but I always like to make the distinction between two aspects:

  1. what affects the kinds of microbes we get in early life, that will become what I call the ‘foundation microbiome’
  2. 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)