Is it IBS? Or Something Else?
How To Know You’re Dealing With SIBO
(Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) It’s one of the most common misdiagnoses around these days: Irritable Bowel Syndrome. With a wide range of symptoms like abdominal pain, cramping, bloat, gas, constipation, fatigue, food intolerances and more, it’s an easy mistake to make– especially when your doctor doesn’t perform the right tests. However, there’s a growing amount of research that suggests many IBS diagnoses are wrong. Once thought to be a rare condition, SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) is quickly becoming known as the real culprit of gut ailments. Millions of people are suffering unnecessarily because they aren’t treating the actual cause of their issues, putting them at risk for serious chronic health problems. And to make things more complicated, many people with IBS also have SIBO too.
The Most Common Causes Of SIBO
SIBO is a health condition where an excessive amount of gut bacteria are present in the small intestine. A healthy gut requires enzymes, muscles, nerves, and neurotransmitters to move the food you eat through the intestinal tract. It travels from the stomach to the small intestine to the colon. SIBO can arise when problems disturb this process. Damage to the muscles and nerves, physical obstructions, and medications like antibiotics and steroids can cause this disruption as well as conditions like diabetes, scleroma and Chron’s disease. However, one of the most common reasons people develop SIBO is through a diet high in sugar, refined carbs, and alcohol. A healthy gut biome needs a delicate balance of good bacteria to keep your body working properly. When bacteria become unbalanced, certain strains of bacteria can feed off of refined carbohydrates, and break them down into short-chain fatty acids which cause gas and bloating. Another strain of bacteria breaks down bile salts before your body can use them, and the third type of bacteria can produce toxins that damage the lining of your small intestine. This stops your body from absorbing key nutrients– much like what happens with leaky gut syndrome.
Is It IBS Or SIBO?
It’s not an easy task to separate IBS from SIBO. Although the symptoms are similar there are some differences. One possible sign you have SIBO instead of IBS is if your bloating starts within 90 minutes of eating. It’s believed that it takes 90 minutes for the meal you ate to reach the large intestine, so if the bloating starts before then, it might indicate that bacteria in your small intestine is responsible for the discomfort. Fatigue, weakness and weight loss are also symptoms of extreme cases of SIBO that are not usually seen in people suffering IBS.
Treating SIBO The Right Way
The first step to heal this bacterial overgrowth is by removing the foods that feed these bacteria in your small intestine. Sugar, alcohol, and carbohydrates like cookies, bread, cakes, and cocktails should be cut from your diet completely. Instead, eat plenty of non-starchy vegetables, leafy greens, lean proteins, and healthy fats, with minimal fruit. Plus, our FREE Gut Recovery Food Guide available here will give you 35-pages of foods and advice to help you balance your gut bacteria and fortify your health. If you suspect you have SIBO, there are specific tests to confirm the overgrowth of bacteria in your small intestine. A specialized breath test, stool test, or urine test run by experts who understand SIBO is needed for an accurate diagnosis. Only functionally trained, certified and experienced providers are qualified to identify and treat this disease. Plus, a comprehensive plan to heal your gut is crucial to eliminate the symptoms and restore your body to optimal health. You can also If you’re tired of chronic digestive troubles and your health care providers have no answers, it’s time to get to the root cause of your symptoms. Schedule a FREE Patient Discovery Call to start the rewarding journey to a happier, healthier life.
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