According to some statistics and surveys between 5 and 15% of people who can be considered healthy have SIBO. In addition, 8 out of 10 individuals who are dealing with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) have SIBO. People, who claim that they have bowel problems, feel bloated and uncomfortable regardless of the food they consume, often have SIBO.
And what exactly is SIBO?
This term is used in order to describe the excessive growth of bacteria inside the small intestines. The level of the bacteria is low when the gut functions properly.
Pain or gas? Constipated or BLOATED? Bacteria Overgrowth in Your Intestine Could be to Blame
The food travels through the digestive tract, enters in the small intestines where is dissolved in smaller parts. Here the nutrients are absorbed.
After that, the food goes to the large intestine where it is exposed to more bacteria and this is where the gut absorbs water again and concentrates the rest of the food and prepares it for the stool.
People affected with the condition SIBO usually have high level of bacteria in the small intestines. If everything is normal, these bacteria should be located in the large intestine. The excessive bacteria fed with food residues in the small intestines before the food is fully dissolved and nutrients absorbed. Their feeding leads to aches, bloating, diarrhea, constipation and gases.
Excessive growth of bacteria also can cause inflammation which acts negatively on the small intestine’s lining. Due this specific nutrients like vitamin A,D and B12 are absorbed in low amounts.
What Leads to SIBO?
The reasons for this condition are several it could be due to birth control pills, antibiotics, antacid drugs, or excessive amount of alcohol and low amount of stomach acid.
How is SIBO Detected and Diagnosed?
The test that shows the presence of SIBO is taken by breath testing. This test assesses the amount of methane and hydrogen created by bacteria which is released from the lungs.
Before the test the people have to drink liquid based on lactulose. In fact this is sugar which can be dissolved only by bacteria. When the bacteria “eat” lactulose, they release a gas which gives us a clear view of the presence of methane and hydrogen in the system.
How to Deal with SIBO?
In order to get rid of SIBO you must find proper way how to get rid and eliminate the excessive growth of bacteria that occurs in this part of the digestive system.
Of course there a lot of medication for relieving this condition, but they are aboubda with chemicals and in fact you only need the allicin which can be find in nature products like in garlic, oregano, berberine, extract from olive leaves and other similar herbs with strong antimicrobial properties
Also you can use supplements and specific enzymes in order to weaken the defense mechanism of the bacteria.
Changes in nourishment are always a good start. If you can you can follow the low FODMAP diet – a diet based on low quantities of fermentable foods which is recommended by many people. Another good diet for SIBO is the Specific Carb Diet.
After every treatment make another breath test in order to see your level of bacteria and to make sure that the problem is solved.
For healing the intestine lining you can use L-glutamine proteins. This condition is more likely to return to patients so keep in mind to follow good healthy habits and avoid the things that cause SIBO.