SIBO stands for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, sounds terrible huh? it is…essentially the gut microbiome (good bacteria vs bad bacteria) is out of proportion and it starts to cause an imbalance which triggers the inflammatory cascade. Digging down to the root cause of these issues could be the key to finding wellness.
SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth)
Sounds Gross! but these “gross” little bad bacteria overpower the good and it’s not pretty
Could YOU Have SIBO and Not Know It?
Symptoms of SIBO
4. Abdominal pain or cramping
5. Skin disorder such asÂ eczemaÂ and rosacea
6. Diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease
7. Food intolerance such asÂ gluten, casein, lactose,Â fructoseÂ and more
8. Chronic illnesses such asÂ fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, autoimmune diseases, diabetes and neuromuscular disorders.
9.Â B12 deficiencyÂ as well as other vitamins and minerals (iron andÂ magnesiumÂ are common)
10. Fat malabsorption
PC: Dr. Jokers
Healing SIBO and Notice the Correlation with Leaky Gut
1. Remove Â Â Â Remove the insult which are pro-inflammatory foodsÂ and irritants such as alcohol, caffeine or drugs. Inflammatory foods such asÂ gluten, dairy, corn, soy, peanuts, sugar and sometimes eggs, sometimes even an INFECTION can cause this and a short course of antibiotics is necessary before healing can begin (this can be the case with diverticulitis)
- There is testing that can look for SIBO you may require antibiotics short-term to kill the infection causing SIBO THEN focus on healing…
- Consider a Low FODMAPS diet (dietvsdisease.org is a fantastic and comprehensive resource for this, check it out!)
- Elimination Diet: Heres a sample of a very simple elimination diet to determine sensitivities repost originally by greatist.com
2. Replace:Â Â Bring back the good!Â Replace with GUT HEALING FOODS Add back in the essential ingredients for proper digestion:Â digestive enzymes, hydrochloric acid, and bile acids
3. Reinoculate:Â Restoring good bacteriaÂ Restoring beneficial bacteria to reestablish a healthy balance of good bacteria is critical. This may be accomplished by taking a probiotic supplement that contains beneficial bacteria such as bifidobacteria and lactobacillus species. Â In some cases, individuals with SIBO and gut problems do not do well withÂ lactobacillusÂ species and that is when I focus on spore forming soil based organisms.
I recommend anywhere from 30 -100 billion units a day. Also, taking aÂ prebioticÂ (food for the good bacteria) supplement or consuming foods high in soluble fiber such as beets, carrots, leeks, radishes, jicama,Â onions,Â garlicÂ and artichoke is important.
4. Â Repair: Â Providing the nutrients necessary to help the gut repair itself is essential. One of my favorite supplements isÂ L-glutamine, an amino acid that helps to rejuvenate the gut wall lining. Other key nutrients includeÂ zinc,Â omega-3fish oils, anti-oxidants and herbs such as deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL)Â and aloe vera.
Take Away Points
If you have any of the symptoms related to SIBO, cut out the obvious culprits and see what happens? what’s the worst that could happen, you could get better?
Gluten, dairy and lectin vegetables (night shades) are natural inflammation producers and irritate the gut lining eventually causing issues with intestinal permeability. LIMIT THESE IN GENERAL
If you DO HAVE A PROBLEM…ELIMINATE THESE FOODS and work on replenishing and healing your gut.
I really hope this helps!