The microorganisms that live inside our bodies (intestines and many other parts of our bodies) are called our microbiome. Here is a definition of microbiome:
"The human microbiome is defined as the collection of microbes - bacteria, viruses, and single-cell eukaryotes - that inhabits the human body. Microbes in a healthy human adult are estimated to outnumber human cells by a ratio of ten to one, and the total number of genes in the microbiome exceeds the number of genes in the human genome by a factor of at least 200. Even though microbial cells are only one-tenth to one-hundredth the size of a human cell, they may account for up to five pounds of adult body weight."
Here is an interesting quote from an article we accessed in www.pubmed.org, entitled, The Human Microbiome and Autoimmunity (Curr Opin Rheumatol. 2013 Mar;25(2):234-40. doi: 10.1097/BOR.0b013e32835cedbf.):
"Autoimmune diseases are more likely passed in families because of the inheritance of a familial microbiome, rather than Mendelian inheritance of genetic abnormalities."
The amount of research on the human microbiome is unbelievably rich and interesting and demonstrates why eliminating food sensitivities and allergies from someone's diet and adding beneficial organisms (probiotics) along with anti-microbial support can not only help digestive problems and related symptoms but also may have a huge impact on decreasing expression of autoimmune symptoms. Not only is it true that "we are what we eat" we also are what lives in us and with us. Do you have the guts to be well?