Episode 85

How Fungi Living in our Mycobiome Influence Bloating, Brain Fog, and Even Mood

With Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum
& Afif Ghannoum

Most people understand the importance of a healthy gut microbiome for overall health, but have you heard of the mycobiome—the fungi that live inside our bodies, and how it impacts our health?

Today on The Broken Brain Podcast, I’m joined by my good friends Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum and Afif Ghannoum to talk about the mycobiome and how it can directly influence our weight, digestion, immune system, and mood. We discuss how fungi work in the human gut, in ways that are beneficial, neutral, or detrimental to our health. We also talk about how it can take months or years to shift your gut bacteria in a significant way, but you can alter your gut fungi profile for better or for worse in just 24 hours by changing your diet. Dr. Ghannoum and Affi also explain how their product, BIOHM, helps to maintain the balance of bacteria and fungi in the gut, all while breaking down digestive plaque. 

For more on Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum and Afif Ghannoum, be sure to follow them on Instagram@biohmhealth, @dr.microbiome, and @afifghannoum, as well as on Facebook @biohmhealth. Check out their website https://biohmhealth.com and https://drmicrobiome.com. You can find Dr. Ghannoum’s book, Total Gut Balance: Fix Your Mycobiome Fast for Complete Digestive Wellness, right here: https://drmicrobiome.com/preorder.

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I hope you enjoyed this conversation as much as I did.
Wishing you health and happiness.
Dhru Purohit

In this Episode, you will learn

  1. he mycobiome and how it impacts our health
  2. What happens when our fungi get out of balance
  3. The damage antibiotics can cause when it comes to the mycobiome
  4. Biofilm and how it impacts the mycobiome
  5. How you can alter your gut fungi for better or worse in just 24 hours
  6. Foods that traditionally get a bad rap and how might they have a positive impact on our mycobiome
  7. What we should be eating to take care of our fungi community
  8. How sleep impacts our gut health
  9. How environmental factors positively or negatively impact the mycobiome
  10. How Dr. Ghannoum started his career
  11. Where to learn more about Dr. Ghannoum and Afif


Dhru Purohit

Dhru is the host of the Dhru Purohit Podcast, a top 30 health podcast with over 30 million downloads. His interviews focus on the inner workings of the brain and the body and feature the brightest minds in wellness, medicine, and mindset.

Dhru Purohit is also a serial entrepreneur and investor in the health and wellness industry.

Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum

Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum is a tenured professor and director of the Center for Medical Mycology at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Ghannoum is the scientist that named the mycobiome, the fungal community in the body, and was dubbed “the scientist who is now known as the leading microbiome researcher in the world” by the Washington Post. He is also the founder of the leading antifungal clinical testing company in the world, Next Trillion Sciences, and has been involved in the development of 95% of the antifungals that have come to market since the 1990’s.

Afif Ghannoum

Afif Ghannoum is a biotechnology attorney by training. He has turned his biotechnology innovations into consumer products that have sold in over 27,000 retail locations in the United States. He has also licensed a technology to a global pharmaceutical company that is now sold in over 100,000 retail locations. Afif is currently the CEO of BIOHM Health, where he has commercialized consumer probiotics and microbiome testing kits around the dual role that fungi and bacteria play in the digestive tract.

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