While it is well established that the large intestine (colon) is highly colonized with a diverse range of microorganisms, the small intestine is a relatively sterile environment.
Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) occurs when there is too much bacteria (>10^3 organisms/mL) residing in the small intestine producing a wide range of effects on the body.
SIBO often presents similarly to IBS-D/C, however, it is a challenging condition to diagnose and therefore its incidence is unknown.
Common Symptoms of Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO):
- Abdominal distension
- Abdominal pain/discomfort
- Steatorrhea (fat malabsorption)
- Micronutrient deficiency symptoms (Vitamin B12, A, D, E, iron, thiamine, nicotinamide)
- Weight loss/weight gain
There are many reasons why SIBO may occur, but the primary cause of SIBO is motility abnormalities. What this means is that the nerves responsible for movement through the digestive tract are impaired. Celiac disease, structural issues, head injury, food poisoning, organ dysfunction, and IBD are just some of the contributors that damage the digestive tract and nervous system functioning, increasing the risk of SIBO.
Work with me to overcome SIBO. You care includes:
- Review testing options to confirm SIBO diagnosis
- Treat overgrowth with herbal treatment or antibiotic treatment [with the guidance of your medical doctor]
- Try to identify the underlying cause of your SIBO
- Provide diet instruction and nutrition support to correct any nutrient deficiencies/insufficiencies
- Develop a maintenance plan to prevent recurrence of SIBO