When asked about how the microbiota, or more specifically how prebiotic chicory root fiber, can improve your metabolism, Prof. Raylene Reimer (University of Calgary) explained several ways in which the metabolism can be influenced.
Most of us learned in high school biology that the colon plays an essential role in our digestive system. What most people don’t realize, however, is that the colon is also one of the most important participants in the immune system because it houses the body’s largest microbiota colony.
Babies are born with an immature immune system and a nearly sterile gut. Programming of their systemic immunity begins soon after birth and is strongly influenced by the multitude of bacteria that colonize the gut in their first days and weeks to form the body’s microbiota.