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Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth Causes

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.

 

Mind Your Meal Times

Your gut is an incredible machine. It uses its muscular design to sweep food through the machinery of digestion, absorption and excretion. However, you probably didn’t realize that the machine has a self-cleaning cycle called the migrating motor complex (MMC). These rhythmic waves of contraction are designed to sweep away any digestive leftovers, and they are also thought to help control the growth of bacteria in the small intestine.

In order to optimize the migrating motor complex (MMC), you need to adequately space your meal times because these waves occur post absorption. While it varies between individuals, the migrating motor complex will occur typically 90 minutes post digestion and absorption. This is big news for a nation of constant snackers. If you are eating every 1-2 hours, you are less likely to access that self-cleaning cycle. A smarter approach? Do your best to space your eating opportunities four hours apart and try not to eat before bedtime.

Referenced from: Bio-K Community

October 2018 BCNA Conference

We spent an awesome weekend at the BCNA Conference from October 12 – 14th, held at the Vancouver Convention Centre!

Our team at SIBO Canada thoroughly enjoyed enhancing relationships and connecting with our ND Community.

SIBO Canada provides the Hydrogen and Methane Breath Test Kits, as well as over the phone advice and consultations with our Naturopathic Physician, Dr. Alison Vandekerkhove.

We were also excited to giveaway an Eminence Organic Skin Care Prize Basket, valued at $420.00! Congratulations to our prize winner, Dr. Adella Gerry, ND.

Welcome to SIBO Canada

 

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.