Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) is an extremely common condition that has been found to be the cause of up to 84% of those struggling with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
SIBO occurs when the small intestine becomes colonized by large numbers of bacterial flora that are normally restricted to the colon and terminal ileum (end of the small intestine). These bacteria feed on and ferment the small intestinal content and produce gasses (methane, hydrogen, hydrogen sulphide) that then result in the below symptoms.
- Cramping and pain
- Excess gas
- Altered bowels including diarrhea (linked to hydrogen overgrowth) and constipation (linked to methane overgrowth)
- Malabsorption and malnutrition (deficiencies of vitamins and iron)
- Weight loss
Manifestations outside GI system:
- Flu like symptoms
- Muscle pain
- Impaired cognition
- Rosacea and more..
To overcome SIBO
These misplaced bacteria must be eradicated and the body’s defense mechanisms against the onset of this condition must be restored. They include to name a few:
- Gastric acid secretion
- Intestinal Motility
- Intact ileocecal valve (exists between the small and large intestine)
- Immunoglobulin’s within intestinal secretions
- Anti-bacterial properties of pancreatic and biliary secretion