Oct 26th

What is SIBO? (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth)

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Gastrointestinal tract

SIBO is a digestive condition that affects the small intestine. It involves a buildup of bacteria that causes fermentation in the small intestine. Fructose malabsorption sufferers also interchangeably have SIBO. Almost 60% of the human population have undiagnosed SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth). This is due to current lifestyle habits, diet and medications.

Common risk factors include:

-          History food poisoning

-          History gastroenteritis

-          History antibiotic use

-          Chronic constipation

-          Medications e.g. PPIs, reflux medication

Common symptoms of SIBO:

• Unexplained dramatic weight loss

• Chronic diarrhoea, not related to a specific food

•Gas, bloating, abdominal cramping

• Chronic fatigue

• Muscle weakness

• Developing new food sensitivities (e.g. histamine/salicylates)

• Nausea

• Vomiting, acid reflux

• Sensitive to carbohydrates

• Acne

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Naturopathic Treatment for SIBO 3-4 months depending on chronicity and other symptoms:

Phase 1, Reduce and Repair

The first phase reduces aggravating fermentable starches and fibers in order to starve the overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine and repairing the damage to the integrity of the intestinal lining. The SIBO diet is recommended by Dr. Nirala Jacobi. In my experience, I customize the diet specifically for the individual. An example is adrenal fatigue sufferers would have an individual elimination of coffee and stimulant drinks in their diet.

Phase 2, Remove and Restore

Phase 2 focuses on removing the remaining bacterial overgrowth from the small intestine.

In this phase, herbal antimicrobials are prescribed. Prokinetic herbs are also used during this phase to promote regular motility.

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