What is SIBO?

SIBO stands for Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth which is a bacterial colonization of the small intestine. These bacteria normally colonize the large intestine, but not the small intestine. The bacteria interfere with normal digestion and absorption of food, and are associated with damage to the lining or membrane of the small intestine.

What are the Symptoms of SIBO?

The hallmark symptom of SIBO is bloating. After eating. After eating anything. This is what can sometimes differentiate it from other causes of bloating. If there are particular food sensitivities, bloating can usually be traced to certain foods, which can then be avoided. If you have a deficiency in a certain digestive enzyme (two of the best-known examples are the enzymes that break down lactose or gluten) that bloating is usually accompanied by other fun symptoms like flatulence and/or diarrhea. But the list of possible symptoms associated with SIBO goes on and on, here is a list of symptoms if you suspect you are suffering from SIBO:

  • Bloating
  • Belching
  • Cramps
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Heartburn (reflux or GERD)
  • Nausea
  • Food sensitivities
  • Headaches
  • Joint pain
  • Fatigue
  • Skin rashes
  • Respiratory symptoms (such as asthma)
  • Mood symptoms (such as depression)
  • Brain symptoms (such as autism)
  • Eczema
  • Steatorrhea (fatty stools)
  • Iron deficiency anemia
  • Flatulence
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vitamin B12 deficiency

To read more about SIBO, treatment and testing, visit our blog: https://yaletownnaturopathic.com/what-is-sibo/

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