Over the years, emerging research has illustrated how bacteria and fungi function in harmony in the body. When one population becomes deficient or overgrows, it has a profound effect on the delicate ecosystem of your gut. This is a concept we discuss in depth in episode 26, which is all about Candida and SIFO.
In today’s conversation, we are going to discuss one specific function of this relationship: the joint colonies that bacteria and fungi form to ensure their survival. This defensive strategy is called a biofilm, and the presence of these fortresses in the gut is one reason why antibiotic or antimicrobial treatments like those used to target SIBO can fail.
Many practitioners will recommend taking a “biofilm buster” as a prong of your SIBO protocol. In this episode, I’m joined by Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum, the author of the new book Total Gut Balance, to discuss how biofilms work, various strategies for their eradication, and how small tweaks to your diet can aid in the process.
If you’ve been trying to treat SIBO and keep failing, learning more about biofilms may help you come up with a more effective plan B for beating your bacteria.
A quick taste of what we’ll cover:
- How “digestive plaque” works similarly to plaque in our mouth
- Long-term gut damage that these biofilms cause
- The biological evolution of biofilms as a means of antibiotic resistance
- How quick and where they are most likely to form
- The connection between the oral microbiome and gut microbiome
- Which food ingredients are naturally biofilm busting
- And so much more…
Resources, mentions and notes:
- Mahmoud Ghannoum’s website
- Mahmoud Ghannoum’s book, Total Gut Balance
- Biohm Probiotic
- Allicin Garlic
- EP 26 | Yeast and Other Beasts with Dr. Ami Kapadia
- Phoebe’s book, The Wellness Project, on her journey with Hashimoto’s
- Join the SIBO Made Simple Facebook Community Page
- Subscribe to receive a free low FODMAP cookbook
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Disclaimer: The information in this podcast does not provide medical advice, professional diagnosis, opinion, or treatment. The information discussed is for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical or professional care.