Can you still have a drink with a Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth diagnosis?

The SIBO Specific Food Guide shares that the occasional alcoholic beverage (in a moderate amount) is approved with a low FODMAP diet. Their recommended choices include bourbon, gin, vodka, whiskey, scotch and wine. It’s important to choose your alcohol and mixers carefully. Choose juices that are low FODMAP including pure cranberry juice, fresh orange juice, or carbonated water. Ensure to stick within the approved amounts of juice and liquor to not off set your stomach (ie: 1/2 cup of orange juice over a two hour period.) Another handy tip is to have a well-balanced low FODMAP meal before drinking, such as a chicken breast over a bed of mixed greens with a side of buttered squash. Drinking water will also help slow down the drinking process.

Let’s talk about wine! The SCD Legal Wine Guide highly recommends dry wines. The wine list includes the following:

Dry Red Wines – Merlot, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Syrah

Dry White Wines – Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Brut, or Extra Brut Champagne

Another tip is to choose a wine with a 12.5% or less alcoholic content and only enjoying one regular sized glass 3-4x per week. Cheers!

Dr. Alison Vandekerkhove from A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic explaining the common causes of Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, also known as SIBO.

SIBO is caused when the bacteria from the large intestine can migrate into the small intestine or even into the stomach. This migration of the bacteria is what actually causes the issue. In our system, we have an MMC (migrating motor complex) which works like a dishwasher. After we’ve eaten the MMC rinses through our system to keep the bacteria at bay. Anything that causes the bacteria to move or the MMC to stop working properly can cause SIBO.

Common causes include general flu’s (with diarrhea and vomiting), chronic concussions, low stomach acid, and abdominal surgeries.

 

These delicious, SIBO-friendly meatballs only take 10 minutes to prep and 15 minutes to cook! With tons of flavor and moisture, eat them by themselves or make them into a wrap.

INGREDIENTS:
Meatballs
  • ¾ lb ground chicken breast
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • ½ tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos
  • ¼ cup minced basil
  • ⅛ cup mint
  • ¼ cup cilantro
  • Pinch red pepper flakes

For Cooking

  • Garlic-infused sesame oil

Wrap Ingredients

  • Red cabbage outer leaves or butter lettuce leaves
  • 1 carrot
  • Cilantro

Dipping Sauce (Optional)

  • 2 tsp fish Sauce
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 2 tsp coconut aminos
  • 2 tsp garlic infused sesame oil
INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Add all meatball ingredients into a bowl and mix well
  2. Heat skillet to med-high and add 2 tbsp garlic-infused sesame oil
  3. Form chicken into golf size balls and add to pre-warmed skillet
  4. Let meatballs brown on one side, then flip and let brown on the other side, flattening them a little bit once flipped
  5. Serve in a cabbage leaf with shredded carrots and cilantro
  6. Optional: try with the dipping sauce

Sourced from: http://sibodietrecipes.com/thai-chicken-meatballs/

Dr. Alison Vandekerkhove from A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic explaining the symptoms of Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (also known as SIBO.)

Some of the common symptoms include bloating (flat stomach in the morning, as you eat throughout the day it gets more and more bloated), constipation, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and anemia’s (it’s hard to digest B12, iron, etc. and your body isn’t properly absorbing the nutrients.)

Up to 80% of Irritable Bowel Syndrome is thought to be caused by SIBO.

Figure out exactly what is going on within your body with advanced diagnostic testing, such as Allergy Testing and the Hydrogen Methane Breath Test, to determine which food sensitivities you may have and how intense your Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth is. These sensitivities could also be affecting your body’s ability to absorb and digest nutrients. Talk to your naturopathic physician regarding which supplements could benefit your body, and keep your gut healthy for the long-term. Your naturopathic doctor can also help you create a nutrition plan that matches your lifestyle and individual health needs. It’s important that they understand and utilize the “4 R’s” of gastrointestinal and digestive health – Remove, Repair, Restore, and Replace.

Sourced from: Nava Center