What is SIBO?
SIBO stands for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth.
SIBO occurs when normal populations of bacteria begin to overgrow in the small intestine.
Unfortunately, SIBO can effect our whole digestive system, anything from our mouth to our anus not only the small intestine.
SIBO effects the entire body!
It is hard to diagnosed and difficult to treat.
It can be caused by a number of other underlying cause or an actual underlying cause can be the root cause.
What are the symptoms of SIBO?
-Abdominal bloating and distension
-Gas, belching, flatulence
-Abdominal pain and cramps, funny noises from our belly or lower back
-Constipation, diarrhea, or both, IBS
-Acid reflux or GERD
-Nausea or feeling overly full after eating
-Intestinal permeability, leaky GUT
-Food intolerances or sensitivities to certain foods such as gluten, diary, legumes, fermented food
-Joint pain, popping joints
-Skin irritations, eczema, rosacea, rashes, itching, redness
-Anxiety, depression, insomnia
-Chronic weight loss or resistant weight gain
There are about 40 different conditions, including
-Large intestine overgrowth or infection
-H. pylori infection
-Non-celiac gluten intolerance
-Inflammatory bowel disease
-Carbohydrate malabsorption, like lactose or fructose
-Hypchlorhydria (too little stomach acid)
-Cancer of the adbomen
-Pancreatic enzyme insufficiency
-Hypo or hyperthyroid
-Gastroparesis or stomach emptying
-Bile acid malabsorption
-VIPomas, or Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome
-Any kind of obstruction in the small intestine
-Mast cell activation
-Lyme and co-infections
-Various immune deficiency diseases
as a cause of digestive issues.
To be able to understand how bacteria can overgrow in the small intestine, we need to understand how our digestive system works.