Biofilms could be causing your recurrent infections
By Sue Wilby - Naturopath and Nutritionist
Are you taking antibiotics and not getting any better? It could be because of bacterial biofilms.
Biofilms are produced by bacteria as a protective mechanism against antibiotics and an attack from our immune system. They are a slimy matrix which makes a protective shield over the bacteria, essentially allowing pathogenic bacteria to survive and keep causing havoc in your body.
Biofilms can consist of a single strain of bacteria or multiple strains of bacteria, including E. coli and Streptococcus pneumoniae.
Where are they found?
Tissue infections including, but not restricted to, chronic ear infections, chronic sinusitis, dental plaque, cystic fibrosis, biliary tract infections and gastro-intestinal tract infections.
Could You be the Victim of Pathogenic Biofilms?
If you are suffering from persistent infections, such as sinus infections or recurrent UTIs, it could be a result of biofilms. Or perhaps you have been prescribed antibiotics for an infection and they haven’t worked? This might be because bacteria have protected themselves against antibiotic attack with biofilms.
How Can you Treat Biofilms?
The nature of biofilms makes them notoriously difficult to eradicate. Therefore, a multifaceted approach is needed to firstly breakdown the biofilm matrix and then kill the bacteria causing the infection. There are several natural therapies that can be used to break down a biofilm, most notable is N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC), as well as berberine-containing herbs. Antimicrobials, such as garlic, can then be used to kill the pathogenic bacteria.
If you are suffering from recurrent infections and are after more information on biofilms and how to treat them, then come in store and chat with our naturopaths today.
About the Author
Sue is an experienced health care practitioner specialising in Nutrition and Western Herbal Medicine. She has spent the past 15 years providing consultations to clients to improve their health and lifestyle, with a proven record in the assistance of weight loss, stress reduction and general well-being treatment plans. Sue is known for her passion about nutrition, its impacts on health, and the benefits of herbal remedies and is a member of Australian Traditional Medicine Society.
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