Biofilms in the gut
What are biofilms, and what do they mean for your gut health?
Biofilms are slimy, sticky layers of bacteria that adhere to surfaces inside the gut. They can form anywhere in the digestive tract but are particularly common in the small intestine. Biofilm busting abilities are essential for products designed to treat SIBO, as biofilms can protect bacteria from eradication. In this blog, we will discuss what biofilms are and why they are important for gut health.
Microorganisms are everywhere – not just in nature but in the human environment, too.
What are biofilms?
Why does the gut have biofilm?
What happens when biofilms become problematic?
Symptoms of biofilm overgrowth
Symptoms of biofilm overgrowth in the gut are often nonspecific and can include:
- abdominal pain
- bloating- diarrhea
- constipation- fatigue
- brain fog- joint pain
- skin problems (rashes, acne, eczema)
More specifically, biofilm can lead to nutrient malabsorption, gut inflammation, and alterations in gut microbiota. In addition, biofilm overgrowth has been associated with several systemic diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
While more research is needed to confirm a causal link between biofilm and these diseases, the growing body of evidence suggests that biofilm may play a role in developing these conditions.
Treating biofilm overgrowth
Why is treating biofilm overgrowth difficult with antibiotics alone?
Some herbs are effective at reducing biofilm overproduction. Red thyme oil, oregano oil, sage leaf, peppermint oil, and lemon balm leaf extract are ingredients that can be found in naturally sourced products that offer a health benefit to those who often suffer from gastrointestinal issues such as bloating, gas, stomach pains, and cramping.
When these essential oils are formulated correctly, they work together to create a product that is stable and effective in maintaining gut health. Each ingredient has unique properties that work together to provide a soothing effect for those who experience discomfort due to gastrointestinal issues.
- Red Thyme oil has strong antimicrobial properties, which help kill off harmful bacteria or fungal overgrowth.
- Oregano oil has been found to have a broad spectrum effect that helps reduce bacterial overgrowth.
- Sage leaf contains anti-inflammatory properties and aids in the smooth functioning of the digestive system.
- Peppermint oil is an antispasmodic used to relieve any muscle spasms caused by gastrointestinal issues.
- Lemon balm leaf extract is gastro-protective, and its active ingredient has anti-inflammatory effects.
All these properties work together to create a product that is soothing and effective in maintaining gut health.
Supplements for biofilm overgrowth
As anyone who’s suffered from SIBO knows, it can be a frustrating and uncomfortable experience. The good news is that there are natural supplements that can help. Fix No2 contains clinically proven ingredients that promote a healthy digestive and microbial environment.
The biofilm-busting properties assist in breaking through any mucilage protecting a community of unwanted bacteria and other microorganisms. At the same time, the ingredients promote gut microbiota balance, restore disrupted flora, and prevent microbiota shift.
In addition, 70% of the immune system exists in the gut, and Fix No2 supports immune function and the body’s natural detoxification processes via the liver and gallbladder. So if you’re looking for a natural way to ease SIBO symptoms, Fix No2 is worth trying.