SIBO: Everything you need to know



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SIBO is a relatively new term that has recently gained traction in the medical community. But what is SIBO? And can you get it more than once? In this article, we will explore what SIBO is, how it grows in the body and some of the root causes of the condition. We will also discuss whether or not SIBO is permanent and if there are any steps you can take to prevent it from coming back.


What is SIBO?

SIBO stands for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. It is a condition in which bacteria overgrows into the small intestine. This overgrowth of bacteria can lead to several different symptoms, including bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, and fatigue. SIBO is often associated with other conditions such as IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), Crohn’s disease, and Celiac disease.


How does SIBO grow in the body?

Several different factors can contribute to the growth of SIBO in the body. One of the most common is the intestine's slow motility or slow movement. This can be due to a number of different conditions, such as diabetes, hypothyroidism, and a chronically up-regulated nervous system.

Another common factor is a structural abnormality in the intestine, such as an obstruction or blockage. This can be due to scar tissue, tumors, or inflammation. Finally, SIBO can also be caused by the use of certain medications, such as antibiotics, proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), and steroids.


Root causes

There are a number of different root causes of SIBO. One of the most common is a diet high in carbohydrates. This can be due to the overconsumption of processed foods, sugary drinks, and refined grains. Other common root causes include stress, a sedentary lifestyle, and a lack of sleep. These factors can all contribute to a decrease in motility and an increase in the growth of bacteria.


Overall, the root cause of SIBO can vary from person to person. We suggest checking with your doctor or naturopath to see if there is an underlying condition that allowed SIBO to grow in your body.


Can SIBO be permanent?

SIBO is not a permanent condition. However, it can come back if the root causes are not addressed. This is why it is so important to identify the root causes and take steps to prevent them. Some of the most effective measures include following a healthy diet, managing stress, getting regular exercise, and getting enough sleep.

If you think you may have SIBO, it is important to speak with your doctor or naturopath. They will be able to perform a number of tests (usually a breath test) to confirm the diagnosis. Once SIBO is confirmed, there are a number of treatment options available. These include dietary changes, probiotics, and antibiotics. With the proper treatment, SIBO can be controlled and even cured.


Be sure the probiotics you're using are meant for YOU, and not the general population. While most people recommend probiotics, the wrong strains can promote SIBO, increasing the overgrowth of bacteria.


Can SIBO Come And Go?

Yes, SIBO can come and go. However, it is important to identify the root causes and take steps to prevent them from coming back. Some of the most effective measures include following a healthy diet, managing stress, getting regular exercise, and getting enough sleep.


Following specific food protocols, especially in times of increased stress can help mitigate symptoms and recurrence. We suggest the SCD protocol, low FODMAP, or a combination of the two.


What To Do If You Think You Have SIBO?

If you think you may have SIBO, it is important to speak with your doctor. They will be able to perform a number of tests to confirm the diagnosis. Once SIBO is confirmed, there are a number of treatment options available. These include dietary changes, probiotics, and antibiotics. With the proper treatment, SIBO can be controlled and even cured.

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