The gut microbiome is characterized as living microorganisms, including bacteria and viruses, and genetic material found within the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. These microorganisms aid in the digestion and absorption of nutrients in food, and play an active role in the digestive process. However, recent evidence suggests that the gut microbiome is not only helpful in the digestion of food, but also could be linked to mental health and personality.
"The Gut Microbiome,"
Osmosis Magazine: Vol. 2019:
2, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholarship.richmond.edu/osmosis/vol2019/iss2/4