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Episode 3: Biofilms, Digestive Plaque and Your Health

In part 3 of the series, Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum joins Andrea to talk about how the organisms around and in us form biofilms to protect themselves from threats, such as antibiotics and our immune system. In part 1, we covered the basics of the microbiome. In part 2, we discussed fungi. If you haven’t listened to those episode yet, we’d recommend starting there.  

Think of organisms as microscopic animals. To survive, they need a few basic things: food, waste disposal, and security. In today’s episode, we’re talking about how microbiota keep themselves safe using biofilms.

Biofilms act as a Jell-O-like layer that encase bacteria and fungi, allowing them to swiftly deflect attacks. In our guts, biofilms are called digestive plaque and they play a big role in determining our health and disease. For example, when pathogenic or virulent strains of bacteria and fungi set up a biofilm in the intestines, they can begin to break down the delicate lining as well as gain access to our bloodstream.

On the other hand, when beneficial strains build biofilms along our gut walls, they also act as protective mechanisms that can aid in our survival.

On this show, our resident microbiome expert, Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum, tells us why we’re starting to hear more about biofilms and gives us tips on how to minimize them in our day-to-day lives.

Episode 3 [Biofilms]

Released Dec. 20, 2018

In part 3 of our three part series, Dr.Ghannoum is back talking about biofilms and digestive plaque. An often-overlooked part of health and disease, biofilms exist all around us, and in the body in places such as our mouths and guts. On this episode, Andrea talks to Dr.Ghannoum about what biofilms are, how to deal with them, and whether they’re necessary for health.  

Here’s what you’ll learn in Episode 3:

  • What is biofilm? [2:07]
  • Busting up biofilms [5:48]
  • How do we prevent biofilms [8:11]

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