If we want to achieve optimal health, we have to tend to our gut health. And because of the close link between the intestinal microbiome and our overall health, probiotics are a staple in most great wellness regimes.

Most probiotics contain beneficial bacteria, which bolster not just our digestion but our immune health, mental health, and metabolism as well. But what about the rest of the microorganisms in the gut? Most people recognize the benefits of certain bacteria, like Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, but most don’t know what role fungi play in gut health. Do they also have health powers—or do they actually pose a threat?

The truth about fungi and your gut health.

Have you ever heard of the mycobiome? It’s basically the microbiome but for fungus. Types of fungi include yeast, mushrooms, and mold. You also have naturally occurring fungi in your body. One type of yeast called Candida albicans is famous for causing a variety of issues when it grows out of control. But not all fungi are bad news; turns out, there are actually a bunch of fungi living in your gut that have beneficial properties, such as breaking down digestive plaque that can cause issues and imbalance in the gut.

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The bacteria-fungi relationship you should know about.

If you’re wondering why you didn’t know about this before, we hear you. The more we learn about the human body, the more we realize that everything is connected. Our mental health is connected to our energy levels and our immune system to our guts—and the same is true about the many microorganisms living in our guts. In recent years, research has revealed the important relationship between beneficial bacteria and fungi in our body and the ways in which they work together, and keep each other in check, to keep our health in tiptop shape.

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Why you’re going to want fungi in your probiotic.

We hear all about the bacterial composition in the gut, but really, the microbiome is about the entire community of microbes inhabiting the GI tract—and that means fungi, too. Knowing this, it only makes sense to include fungi in your probiotic. And that’s where BIOHM’s Probiotics come into play. BIOHM’s formulation includes a combination of beneficial bacteria and beneficial fungi infused with a powerful enzyme that helps break down digestive plaque. Taking your daily dose of beneficial bacteria and fungi can help improve your digestion and support your immune system.

Originally posted at: https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/your-probiotic-may-be-missing-this-ingredient.