The gut microbiome is a dynamic living ecosystem made up of 100 trillion microbes in the intestinal tract. This complex system of viruses, bacteria, and fungi protects against foreign pathogens, helps regulate the immune system and control inflammation, and may even affect your mood— among its many other functions. In this clip from our full interview, we talked to Dr. Gerard Mullin, associate professor of medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and renowned integrative gastroenterology and nutrition expert, about the importance of probiotics and prebiotics for the health of the gut microbiome.
The information contained in this article comes from our interview with Dr. Gerry Mullin, MD, a medical doctor board-certified in internal medicine, gastroenterology, functional medicine, and nutrition. He is an associate professor of medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, as well as the co-founder of the JHH Nurse Practitioner Fellowship Program. He is a founding member of the American Board of Integrative Medicine and serves on the editorial board of numerous journals for gastroenterology, nutrition and integrative medicine. He has more than 20 years of clinical experience in the field of integrative gastroenterology. His qualifications and training include a doctorate from UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, and a residency at Mount Sinai Hospital. You can read more about Dr. Mullin here.