The other contributing factor to poor gut health is an imbalance in your microflora or “gut” flora. Picture your gut like a garden, which needs healthy soil to thrive. Your gut flora is the soil, and is home to trillions of bacteria. When in the right balance your bacterial flora directly provides protection from infection, regulates your metabolism and comprises more than 75% of your immune system. On the flip side, imbalanced  gut flora has been linked to diseases ranging from autism and depression to autoimmune conditions like Hashimoto’s, inflammatory bowel disease and type 1 diabetes.