Is your vegetable wash strong enough to kill parasites? Pesticides and residue aren’t the only reasons to wash your fruit and vegetables. Studies show that up to 60% of produce contains parasites.
The microbial family Enterobacteriaceae includes genus such as Klebsiella, Enterobacter, Citrobacter, Salmonella, Escherichia coli, Shigella, Proteus and Serratia. This family as well as the Bacteroidales family, are capable of symbiotic cross feeding. What does this mean?
If you have SIBO you’ve probably heard of the more common contributors to SIBO, such as C. jejuni, E-coli and Methanobrevibacter. These microbes are heavy hitters for your body and immune system. But, let’s talk about some of the lesser known contributors. And some of the ones that are typically “commensal,” but can turn opportunistic under the right circumstances.
We know that our microbiome produces thousands of different compounds every single day. Some of these compounds are of benefit to our health, while others can actually contribute to disease. Specific microbes within our microbiome produce a compound called TMA when they ferment choline, lecithin, betaine and l-carnitine. This compound enters systemic circulation and then is processed by enzymes in the liver to become TMAO. Depending on whether the liver up or downregulates the conversion we may have higher or lower levels of TMAO, which is both associated with and predictive of renal, heart and metabolic disease.