Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth - also known as SIBO
Your entire gastro-intestinal (GI) tract, including the small intestine normally contains a relatively low amount of bacteria. Sometimes, not only is an abnormally large number of bacteria found in the small intestine but it is also very similar to the bacteria usually found in the colon. This condition is called Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth or SIBO.
The GI tract is a continuous muscle tube which digests food and propels it through the small intestine to the colon. When something interferes with this normal activity, it allows bacteria to stay longer in the small intestine and may allow this bacteria to move backwards from the colon into the small intestine.
Sibo or Bacterial Overgrowth in the Small Intestine symptoms include:
- excessive gas
- abdominal bloating and extension
- abdominal pain
If severe, SIBO may interfere with digestion and lead to vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Patients can lose weight, and suffer from body aches and fatigue.
SIBO should be diagnosed early as it is sometimes linked to leaky gut as well as neurological and muscular diseases.
Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth SIBO responds well to natural supplements that will help reduce the symptoms.
Dr. Pam recommends:
- Genova Lab's SIBO Breath Test (GSD5000) which is done at home and successfully identifies whether there is an overgrowth of bad bacteria in the small intestine or not. Once identified, the necessary steps may be taken to resolve it.
- 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 associated with SIBO 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 will survive through stomach acid 100% of the time. It is suitable for those suffering with SIB0
- Primal Defense, (GAN1036) a soil based probiotic or Dr Ohhira’s Professional Probiotics (OMX1030) are other probiotics that can help to alleviate symptoms.
- Effective antimicrobials include Oregano oil (NHS1000), Grapeseed extract (CVR0621), Olive leaf extract (OLE1000) and Berberis (VTN2541).
- 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) the book by Elaine Gottschall gives you information as well as recipes.
- Perfect Pass Digestive Enzymes help digest all kinds of food when taken with meals and will also reduce inflammation when taken between meals. Also consider taking Proteolytic Enzymes on a regular basis, They are antiinflammatory in nature and help repair the gut lining (DWL1400).
- If you need help selecting the right supplements for you, call for a consultation - toll free in the US 877-240-7528 PST 10-3