It seems like we learn something new about gut health and the microbiome every day. But while we incessantly hear about the role of good bacteria in optimizing gut health, there’s a part of our gut’s ecosystem that’s been almost entirely ignored—fungi. As the scientist who named the mycobiome—our body’s fungal community—I'm working hard to change this. For over 40 years, I have studied the role of medically important fungi in our bodies, resulting in NIH funding for over two decades, over 400 peer-reviewed publications, and my work being cited by scientists over 18,000 times. I'm also the founder of BIOHM, the first microbiome company to create products and tests that help optimize the gut’s total microbiome of bacteria and fungi.
It’s been fascinating to be on the forefront of this research over the last few decades. As a result, at least a few times a week, someone asks me, "What does your diet look like?"