Oral Probiotics to Complete Your Gut Health Needs
Beneficial Bacteria and Fungi in Gut Health
If you’re eating probiotic-boosted yogurt or taking a daily probiotic, but you’re still tired, bloated, and experiencing the spectrum of digestive issues, don’t be disheartened. It’s not you, it’s that your probiotic is missing a key ingredient: good fungi.
Good bacteria — what a traditional probiotic contains — is essential, but it can’t right your digestive health on its own; it’s only half of the equation.
Most oral probiotics only focus on this half of the issue, but Dr. Ghannoum addresses the other side of the issue with his research.
Mahmoud Ghannoum, Ph.D., the scientist who coined the term mycobiome, has spent his 40-year career researching how fungi affect the body — including the digestive system.
“Up until now, good bacteria has been the focus,” he says. “The critical role fungi play in our health and wellness has largely been ignored.”
Due to his research, that’s starting to change.
“We have to study fungi because when you disrupt this balance you are causing other problems,” he says.
He coined the term "mycobiome" to identify the environment of fungi species inside the body. He further insists that an overgrowth of bad fungi strains and bad bacteria will endanger the digestive tract.
This overgrowth of bad bacteria and fungi strains in the gut creates a digestive plaque which directly weakens the immune response. In turn, this leads to gut health imbalance and more complex digestive conditions.
Good Fungi vs Pathogens
Dr. Ghannoum, The Scientist Who Named The Mycobiome
In terms of digestive health, a deficit of good fungi can cause issues like bloating, cramping, gas, and other gastrointestinal issues. You become a host to an overgrowth of Candida albicans or yeast infections and gut inflammation.
What are Candida albicans? This is a pathogenic strain of fungus naturally living in the human gut flora that causes infections with uncontrolled growth.
When fungi in the gut are off balance, says Dr. Ghannoum, “It can actually slow down the time it takes for food to move through your system, which disturbs your gut’s ability to absorb and process nutrients.”
Meanwhile, the presence of good fungi improves nutrient absorption — which allows you to actually derive the full benefit you assume you’re getting from the foods you eat.
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Fungi's Role in Eliminating Digestive Plaque
In the case of good fungi, it’s not possible to have too much of a good thing.
Your body is constantly, naturally recalibrating — and more good fungi can only help improve system function. In part, because there’s another factor here: digestive plaque.
The product of bad bacteria and bad fungi, digestive plaque lines your gut and functions as a protective barrier for those bad microbes. These microbes then develop into potentially life-threatening diseases.
And it’s something that no amount of good bacteria can eliminate on its own, but rather it requires good fungi as well as good bacteria, plus an enzyme capable of breaking down plaque.
The right probiotics work to eliminate these digestive plaques. Unfortunately, finding the best probiotics containing both good bacteria and fungi can be quite hard.
BIOHM Probiotics for a Healthy Gut
Finding no probiotics on the market that addressed those issues, Dr.Ghannoum created BIOHM, a suite of probiotics specifically engineered to address the gut’s total microbiome of bacteria and fungi.
Based on a decade of his research studying the DNA of the microbiome, he also created a suite of microbiome tests, including the BIOHM Gut Test Kit — the most comprehensive gut analysis that’s ever been available to consumers.
The kit results come with proper nutritional advice from certified professionals to address the possible gut imbalance.
Meanwhile, the results of this report offer data from real people to the continued research into the mycobiome and microbiome. The more diverse the data are, the more information can be processed for the study.
Aside from the report, BIOHM also carries prebiotic and probiotic supplements to address the body's need for both beneficial bacteria and good fungi strains. BIOHM Super Greens, meanwhile, can be added to recipes or smoothies for added prebiotics and probiotics with your meals.
Optimize Your Microbiome with Oral Probiotics and More
So what can you do to optimize your total microbiome?
Oral probiotics that also focus on the gut's mycobiome like BIOHM Probiotics can do just that. Then again, don't stop there.
In addition to supplements like BIOHM, it's critical to eat prebiotic and probiotic foods that facilitate the growth of good microbes (e.g. fermented foods, garlic, avocados, peas, whole grain bread, and unpasteurized soft cheeses) and finding ways to manage stress can help balance the fungi in your gut, says Dr. Ghannoum.
With the nervous system's intricate connection, stress can affect your gut health. Practice meditation, breathing techniques, and relaxation methods to manage stress.
Exercise also stimulates your gut, improving digestion and producing hormones to improve your body's functions. The endorphins produced when you exercise also boosts your food.
Learn more about Dr. Ghannoum's recent discovery in this video from BIOHM Health:
So grab that green smoothie, opt for the grilled salmon, and feel even better about that avocado toast. But if you want to make sure you’re actually absorbing the nutrients from healthy food choices, don’t forget about the fungi in your gut.
Take oral probiotics that work with the natural probiotics in your diet to optimize both your microbiome and mycobiome. With a healthy gut, you can lead a healthier life.
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Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum
Dr. Ghannoum is widely considered the leading microbiome researcher in the world. He is also the scientist who named the mycobiome. He is the founder of BIOHM, the first company to engineer elegant products and tests that address the total microbiome of both bacteria and fungi, allowing consumers to maintain total digestive health.
During his career, he has published several books on fungus and over 400 peer-reviewed scientific papers. His work has been cited almost 18,000 times by other scientists. He has received over $25 million in funding for his research from the National Institutes of Health. To learn more about Dr. Ghannoum and BIOHM, click HERE.
Editor's Note: This post was originally published on August 31, 2017, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.