What Is SIBO?

SIBO is the acronym for “small intestinal bacterial overgrowth,” defined as excessive bacteria in the small intestine. While bacterium naturally occurs throughout the digestive tract, in a healthy system, the small intestine has relatively low levels of bacteria; it’s supposed to be at highest concentrations in the colon.

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The small intestine is the longest section of the digestive tract. This is where the food intermingles with digestive juices, and the nutrients are absorbed into the bloodstream. If SIBO is indicated, malabsorption of nutrients, particularly fat-soluble vitamins and iron, can quickly become a problem.

When in proper balance, the bacterium in the colon helps digest foods and the body absorb essential nutrients. However, when bacteria invades and takes over the small intestine, it can lead to poor nutrient absorption, symptoms commonly associated with IBS, and may even lead to damage of the stomach lining.

When you have SIBO, as food passes through the small intestine, the bacterial overgrowth interferes with the healthy digestive and absorption process. The bacterium associated with SIBO actually consumes some of the foods and nutrients, leading to unpleasant symptoms, including gas, bloating and pain.

Even when treating small intestinal bacterial overgrowth with antibiotics, relapse rate is high. This is a chronic condition that can be cured, but it takes patience, perseverance and a change in diet. In fact, SIBO treatment include a healing diet, and some foods should be avoided until the gut flora is back in balance. (source)

Symptoms Include:

  • Bloating
  • Cramping
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Alternating constipation and diarrhoea
  • Food sensitivities
  • Belching and flatulence
  • Nausea
  • Heart burn
  • Fatigue
  • chronic digestive complaints
  • Abdominal cramping and pain
  • Joint pain
  • Skin Symptoms
  • Iron and B12 deficiency
  • Respiratory symptoms (eg: asthma)
  • Mood symptoms e.g.: depression and anxiety

What does it do?

Instead of allowing the villi and the microvilli in your small intestine to absorb nutrients from the food, the bacteria digest it instead, causing it to ferment.  A bi-product of the bacteria’s digestion is methane and/or hydrogen gas, which is only produced by the bacteria and not our bodies.

These cause bloating, flatulence, cramping, diarrhea and more.  It is also believed tis gas can cause leaky gut syndrome where the cell wall of the gut becomes permeable and allows food particles through to the blood stream.

SIBO Summer Cookbook by Rebecca Coomes is based on the SIBO Bi-Phasic diet by Dr Nirala Jacobi ND.  It is a great resource which  I highly recommend and I have for sale in the clinic.  It has 60 recipes for people treating small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.

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This book is not just about recipes.  It teaches you about the foods to avoid and the foods to replace in your diet.  It informs and educates you, along with inspiring you to make easy changes in your diet to improve your health.

The diet and recipes in this book are designed around the 5 pillars of health.

1:  Awareness – being aware of your symptoms is the first step in your recovery

2:  Nutrition – nutrition is vital to a healthy gut life and essential to recovery

3:  Movement – our gut responds positively to movement

4:  Mindset – positive beliefs will support you to achieve wellness

5:  Lifestyle – the way you live your life is fundamental to recovery.

If you are concerned about your health or would like to talk more.  

Please contact Monica at Croydon Herbal Health.  Ph (03)  9723 9755

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