Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, or SIBO, occurs when the bacteria in your small intestine get out of balance and overgrow.

Most of your gut bacteria is meant to be located in your large intestine and colon, where they help to break down food, synthesize vitamins, and eliminate waste. When these “healthy” bacteria that are normally found in the large intestine and colon colonize the small intestine, SIBO occurs. (R1)

Why is this bad? the bacteria in your GI tract, which make up your gut microbiome, play a vital role in your immune system, thyroid function, bone health, and overall health.

Mechanism of SIBO

Carbohydrates feed SIBO → SIBO produces hydrogen → hydrogen feeds archaea → archaea produces methane

  • Methane-dominant SIBO is typically associated with constipation. 
  • Hydrogen-dominant SIBO typically leads to diarrhea (much more common)

#1 Signs you have SIBO: Feeling Unwell & Chronic Fatigue

  • Chronic illnesses such as Fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue syndrome and other autoimmune disease
  • Leaky gut
  • Gas, bloating and diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain or cramping
  • Constipation (much less common than diarrhea)
  • Diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Food intolerances such as gluten, casein, lactose, fructose, and histamine
  • Vitamin and mineral deficiencies, including vitamins B12 & Vitamin D & E

Testing for SIBO

You can confirm if you have SIBO by getting your functional medicine practitioners to organise for these lab tests : 

  • Breath test to measure your baseline levels of hydrogen and methane.
  • Urine test 
  • Stool test

Getting SIBO under control

  • First & foremost, you need to starve the bacteria. SIBO bacteria thrives on sugar, simple and complex carbohydrates, starches, and alcohol – so eliminate these ingredients temporarily. Instead, consume plenty of non-starchy vegetables, leafy greens, lean proteins, and healthy fats, with minimal fruit.
  • Secondly, treating SIBO with antibiotics will also do nothing to address fungal imbalances in the gut. Recommended supplement for SIBO will contain herbs that are both antimicrobial anti-fungal and also will heal leaky gut. You need to support digestion at every step, heal the gut lining, repair the damage SIBO has caused, systematically rebalance the gut flora, address mucosal immune dysfunction, and address gut motility. 
  • Finally, crucial to dealing with SIBO (or any chronic illness), is getting enough rest to give the body time to heal. Discovery how 8bioenergy supplement may help you to heal leaky gut & relieve SIBO symptoms. Let’s help you get your health back on track!