What is SIBO? What can I do about SIBO?
SIBO is actually an acronym for a digestive condition called “small intestinal bacterial overgrowth,” which points to excessive bad or pathogenic bacteria in the small intestine.
Even though bacteria occurs naturally everywhere in a healthy digestive system, the small intestine is known to have relatively low levels of bacteria. The highest numbers of bacteria are usually found in the large intestine
The small intestine where the food mixes with digestive juices, and the nutrients from our food is absorbed into the bloodstream. This area of our digestive tract is the longest section. If a person suffers with SIBO or Small Intestine Bacterial Ovegrowth, nutrients are not absorbed properly causing malabsorption. This relates especially to iron as well as fat-soluble vitamins. Other symptoms, often present as well, are gas, bloating and even pain. This is often the case in people suffering with symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Small Intestinel Bacterial Overgrowth is very often treated with antibiotics. Unfortunately, although antibiotics reduce the bad bacteria overgrowth, it also kills off the good bacteria at the same time, which, in turn, depletes the necessary good bacteria.
In fact, a study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, showed that people with SIBO who were given antibiotics had a high recurrence rate and also that their gut-related symptoms increased during the recurrences.
Fortunately, a research study on herbal remedies have been found effective in treating SIBO as well. These include Oregano oil and Berberis that are mentioned in the study.
Taking a prebiotic that is known not to feed bad bacteria as well as a human strain probiotic has been shown to be extremely beneficial. Dr Jonathan Axe sites a pilot study from researchers at the Center for Medical Education and Clinical Research in Buenos Aires, Argentina, who found that probiotics have a higher efficacy rate than metronidazole for individuals with SIBO.
Dietary modification is extremely important. Follow the specific carbohydrate diet, or consider the FODMAPS or GAPS diet. Eat every 2 hours so you digest your food quickly and don’t have a lot of food sitting in your stomach at any one time resulting in damage to gastric juices. Low stomach acid is one of the main factors that result in SIBO because stomach acid kills bacteria in your upper Gastrointestinal tract.
1. Genova Lab’s Breath Test (GSD5000) done at home, successfully identifies whether there is an overgrowth of bad bacteria in the small intestine or not. Once identified, take the necessary steps to resolve it.
2. Several supplements help reduce symptoms of SIBO.
- Unlike Inulin and FOS, Partially Hydrolyzed Guar Gum PHGG is the one prebiotic that does not feed bad bacteria and may be used successfully to increase probiotic diversity. PerfectPass Prebiotic (PSN1000) is odorless and tasteless and easy to take in water.
- PerfectPass Probotic (PSN2000) is a human strain, bacillus formula, that does survive through the stomach acid 100% of the time. It is suitable for those suffering with SIB0
- Effective antimicrobials include Oregano oil (NHS1000), Grapeseed extract (CVR0621), Olive leaf extract (OLE1000) and Berberis (VTN2541).
- Consider taking Proteolytic Enzymes on a regular basis in between your meals. They help repair the gut lining (DWL1400).3 Dietary Changes
3 D ietary changes
The SCD Specific Carbohydrate Diet is an excellent way to eliminate those foods that tend to feed the bad bacteria. Breaking the Vicious Cycle (GOT1000) by Elaine Gottschall will give you information as well as recipes.
- Other diets to consider are