3 things you need to do if you think you have Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)

Updated: Mar 30, 2020

You've been told you have IBS but you think you have SIBO. Maybe you do, perhaps you have both.

Too often I see people trying to manage their health alone, and by the time they reach out for help, they are frustrated, confused and their symptoms have worsened. It breaks my heart to see this. To prevent this from happening to you and your health you need to do these three things.

1. Listen to your body

Are you someone that says ‘I look and feel six months pregnant’? Bloating is a key symptom of SIBO along with burping, reflux, intolerances to food (which may be getting worse), constipation, diarrhoea or a mixture of both. If these are symptoms you experience, you should consider exploring SIBO (1) with your health practitioner.

2. Don’t treat yourself with dietary restriction

This is really important. It may seem like a good idea to follow a low FODMAP diet as a way provide symptom relief, but you may be doing yourself more harm than good. If this low fermentable fibre diet is followed for a long time, the types and numbers bacteria in your gut may decrease(2,3).

Our bacteria play a crucial role in our gut-immune response to food(4), so if compromised, your food intolerance and digestive abilities may worsen. Eating a diet full of fibrous, FODMAP foods is vital for the survival and function of our bacteria, which is so important for our overall health(5,6), so it’s really important that the true cause of your issue is identified and treated properly.

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3. Get professional help and get tested

SIBO is diagnosed with a breath test that measures hydrogen and methane gases that you exhale. These gases are the result if your bacteria’s fermentation process, and can tell us about the type and amount of bacteria that your small intestine is housing(7).

Once SIBO is identified, the appropriate treatment consisting of diet, herbs and nutrients can be made for you. It also is important to identify and address risk factors that may have caused SIBO to thrive. Bottom line is: treating SIBO is a tricky and complex task.

As a health practitioner, my goal is to get your gut bacteria back in balance so you can eat without fear or apprehension, reduce your pain and discomfort and have you feeling happy and confident with your digestion!

Trust your gut feeling. Reach out and start your journey to optimal health today.