SIBO – Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth
I have recently been to Australia’s first summit on SIBO. I’m really excited to learn the latest research on the condition, understand how prevalent it is and more importantly how to treat it successfully.
SIBO is surprisingly common and is the underlying cause of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Many studies have shown that the eradication of SIBO reduces the symptoms of IBS.
It’s estimated that 1 in 5 people suffer from IBS at some time. This could be more because a lot of people will suffer in silence because they don’t like talking about poo or think that their symptoms are normal. Let me tell you they are not!
SO WHAT’S SIBO?
SIBO stands for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. It’s normal to have trillions of bacteria in the large intestine but these bacteria accumulate in the small intestine, eat our food and make by-products that cause symptoms like bloating, pain and diarrhoea and/or constipation as well as brain and other symptoms.
Bloating, burping after meals, constipation, diarrhoea, alternating constipation and diarrhoea, stomach cramps, wind, reflux, food sensitivities, fatigue, joint pain, skin issues.
WHY IS SIBO A PROBLEM?
Aside from the unpleasant symptoms of SIBO and IBS, this condition can cause malabsorption of vitamins and minerals, and even protein and essential dietary fats. Low iron and vitamin B12 levels are often seen in people with SIBO.
SIBO also causes leaky gut. This is where the gases produced by the bacteria in the small intestine damage the gut lining, allowing food particles to enter the bloodstream and cause food intolerances.
RISK FACTORS FOR SIBO
Your chances of developing SIBO are increased if you have had a bout of gastro, frequently use antibiotics, take acid blocking medication, have had any kind of surgery, or if you suffer from conditions such as Celiac disease or Crohn’s disease. Chronic stress is also a big contributor to SIBO.
THERE’S NO NEED TO SUFFER!
SIBO can be tested for, treated and resolved. In my clinic, I test and work with many clients that have SIBO. It’s a really simple breath test which is done in the comfort of your own home.
Once SIBO is confirmed, I work my clients to incorporate a natural protocol to eliminate the harmful bacteria and replenish the beneficial bacteria in the gut. This is done through easy to apply dietary modifications, herbal antimicrobials, and natural digestive aids / nutrients.
Take this simple quiz to see how likely it is that you have SIBO.
If it is likely, simply call me on 0432 206 099 for a free 15 minute chat, to talk about how I can help you.