Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO): Like the name suggests, SIBO is where bacteria enter your normally sterile small intestine and begin to colonize. Studies have indicated that potentially up to 80% of patients with IBS may in fact have SIBO.
Common symptoms and reasons to test for SIBO: nausea, flatulence, diarrhea, constipation, malnutrition, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD), Leaky Gut Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Rosacea, Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), Fibromyalgia, Gastroeseophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Celiac Disease & Diverticulitis.
Get tested with our Hydrogen and Methane breath test to diagnose SIBO. If you are positive for SIBO, the bacterial overgrowth will produce excess quantities of Hydrogen and/or Methane gas. These gases are not produced by humans but are the metabolic byproducts of carbohydrates produced by intestinal bacteria. The breath test measures these gases and is therefore an indirect test. What is nice about the breath test is that it specifies which gases are present, as well as the location and severity of SIBO.
Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth is associated with all manners of digestive misery – including abdominal bloating and distension, discomfort/tightness soon after eating, excess belching, excess flatulence, nausea, and diarrhea. So what can we do to kick-start the healing process?
- Avoid FODMAP foods – Choosing a low-carbohydrate diet will keep symptoms under control by starving the bacteria in your small intestine. Bacteria typically feast off of carbohydrates and produce gas and other irritating byproducts. FODMAP stands for:
Fermentable – meaning they are broken down by bacteria in the large bowel
Oligosaccharides – “oligo” means “few” and “saccharide” means sugar. These molecules made up of individual sugars are joined together in a chain
Disaccharides – “di” means two. This is a double sugar molecule.
Monosaccharides – “mono” means single. This is a single-sugar molecule.
Polyols – these are sugar alcohols
- Take digestive enzymes
- Eat gut healing foods – It’s important to include gut healing foods in your diet. Foods that are supportive of system management, gut health and balance include: bone broth, pastured meats, low-starch vegetables such as bok choy, and low-starch fruits such as blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries.
- Chew your food thoroughly – Most people chew their food a few times and proceed to swallow, sending partially chewed foods into the stomach, which requires more work from digestive juices to break the foods down.
- Eat smaller meals slowly – Eating smaller portions can help ensure that complete digestion takes place. Eating smaller meals gives digestive enzymes a greater chance to fully break down food before it enters the small intestine.
New to SIBO Canada? Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth (SIBO) is a serious condition affecting the small intestine. It occurs when bacteria that normally grow in other parts of the gut start growing in the small intestine. That causes pain and diarrhea. It can also lead to malnutrition as the bacteria start to use up the body’s nutrients. Studies have indicated that potentially up to 80% of patients with IBS may in fact have SIBO. Common symptoms and reasons to test for SIBO: nausea, flatulence, diarrhea, constipation, malnutrition, IBS, IBD, leaky gut syndrome, chronic fatigue, acid reflux, rosacea, restless leg syndrome, fibromyalgia, GERD, celiac disease, and diverticulitis.