WHAT IS SIBO

Bacteria in Your Body and SIBO

Sometimes these large populations of bacteria get motivated into looking for a new home. Unfortunately, a new home is often available in your small intestine.

Bacteria from the large intestine, overgrowing in the small intestine, interferes with the small intestines job to absorb vital nutrients from our food. The result is Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth, or SIBO. When the misplaced bacteria is allowed to feed on our body’s vitamins and minerals, it can lead to nutritional deficiencies, digestive issues, food intolerances, autoimmune disorders and other serious diseases.

Did you know that there is more bacteria living in your body than cells? About 10 trillion more. It is a fact that should not bother you, because it is not only normal to have bacteria living in your body, it is fundamental to our wellbeing.

Sometimes though, bacteria winds up in the wrong place, and that is when problems begin.

Vast colonies of important bacteria live in your large intestine. These bacteria are essential for digesting and fermenting indigestible foods, like fiber.

THE CAUSE

What causes SIBO?

One of the most common reasons for an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine is what I call an enabling event. As many as 20% of people labeled with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) became symptomatic after an acute bout of food poisoning or traveller’s diarrhea.

Another contributor to SIBO is anything that causes slowing or damage to the normal cleansing waves in your small intestine called Migrating Motor Complex, or MMC. These triggering factors can be anything from pain medications and acid blockers, to diseases such as Diabetes or hypothyroidism (Hashimoto’s).

  • Hypochlorhydria or low stomach acid
  • Pancreas disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Celiac disease
  • Endometriosis that extends to the bowel (An abnormal growth of tissue outside the uterus)
  • Surgery
  • Bowel obstructions
  • Dysfunctioning ileocecal valve (the gateway between small and large intestine)
  • Diverticulitis
  • Gender (Women may be more susceptible than men)
  • Normal aging

THE SYMPTOMS

Do you have SIBO?

THE SYMPTOMS

Unfortunately, Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth is often undetected because its symptoms overlap with a variety of other digestive disorders; most commonly IBS. In fact studies have shown, up to 84% of IBS symptoms may be misdiagnosed and would test positive for SIBO.

Do any of these common SIBO symptoms sound familiar?

  • Abdominal bloating and distension
  • Stomach pain or discomfort
  • Constipation, diarrhea or alternating with both
  • Acid reflux or heartburn
  • Excessive gas or belching
  • Nausea
  • Weight loss
  • Nutrient deficiencies and their associated symptoms
  • Joint pain
  • Fatigue

Are you tired of trying to fix symptoms like these?

I invite you to schedule a 1 on 1 IBS Breakthrough Strategy Session to help you reclaim your health.

IBS BREAKTHROUGH STRATEGY SESSION

Associated Diseases

Other Disorders Associated with SIBO

There are many associated diseases with small intestine bacterial overgrowth. SIBO can exist as a root cause, correlate with a single disease, or even with multiple diseases. Some of these include:

  • Autism
  • Lactose Intolerances
  • Malabsorption Syndrome
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Scleroderma
  • Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
  • Acne Rosacea and Vulgaris
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Scleroderma
  • Lyme disease
  • Anemia
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Liver disease
  • Diabetes
  • Parasites
  • IBD, Crohn’s disease and Colitis
  • Celiac disease or Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Atrophic Gastritis
  • Diverticulosis
  • Gastroparesis
  • Intestinal Permeability or Leaky Gut

Testing

Testing for SIBO

The small intestine is a difficult place to reach, making diagnosis of SIBO difficult by endoscopy, colonoscopy and many other methods supported by other practitioners. Fortunately, the presence of SIBO can be detected through what I believe to be the most accurate way of testing to date: a take home Breath Test. There are many laboratories offering several types of breath tests but not every laboratory and breath test kit is created equal. I can walk you through all my research and experience, proper preparation and submission, interpretation of the results and customizing a diet and healing protocol to support you in your journey towards wellness.

TREATMENTS

Now for the good news: SIBO can be treated and prevented

While there are several treatment options for ridding SIBO, your success starts with getting the right diagnosis. Working with a skilled practitioner can help you determine what kind of bacteria are misplaced, eliminate the overgrowth, maintain motility with prokinetics, rebuild your digestive tract, evaluate the gut brain connection, address the root cause...There are many factors to consider to not only eliminate SIBO but to prevent a relapse and rebalance your entire digestive system.
Clinical studied treatment protocols to eliminate SIBO include:
  • Specific traditional antibiotics
  • Herbal antimicrobials
  • Elemental diet
  • Specialized diets
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Hasn't this gone on long enough?

Most IBS/SIBO sufferers either deal with their symptoms in silence or spend years chasing symptoms with a variety of expensive practitioners, treatments and counterproductive supplement protocols. I know all of this first hand since I mistakenly followed this path and in the process, lost over a decade of my health and my life. I want to stop it from happening to you.