Do you suffer from any (or all) of the following: constant bloating, abdominal pain, and flatulence …
If so, you probably have considered the possibility of having SIBO.
There is so much hype and publicity surrounding the topic of SIBO. And why is this? Well, for one it’s very difficult to eradicate once you’re fairly certain you have it. And it’s reoccurrence rate is high for many reasons.
No matter how you look at it, SIBO is one confusing gut disorder.
So, the question is, how DO you eradicate it effectively?
And once you do, how do you keep your gut free from the reoccurrence of SIBO ravaging your small intestine in the first place?
Before you get into that, let’s first define what SIBO is …
Pronounced SEE-BOW, SIBO occurs in the small intestine of the human digestive tract. There are many ways that you can end up with SIBO but at its heart SIBO is an overgrowth of bacteria in the Small Intestine.
The small intestine is the first step of digestion out of the stomach. After food leaves the stomach it enters the small intestine where it is broken down by a plethora of enzymes. When SIBO occurs the small intestine becomes overrun with bacteria.
This bacteria comes from the large intestine or colon. When this bacteria backs up it causes a major disruption in the enzymatic breakdown of food. Normally, the large intestine has more than double the bacteria than that of the Small intestine.
When this “back up” takes place, malabsorption of nutrients occurs. As you can imagine, this can result in a host of symptoms.
One of the most severe consequences of SIBO is moderate to severe vitamin and mineral deficiency (1). This problem stems from the food in the GI tract not being absorbed into the body properly. Occurring minimally at first, this can explode into a major issue.
Not properly absorbing the vitamins, minerals, nutrients and amino acids from your food can lead to a long list of health conditions, not to mention the persistent bloating, abdominal pain, burping, flatulence and constipation that will continue until SIBO is uprooted in your small intestine.
With one of the main symptoms of SIBO being fatigue and malabsorption, Vitamin B12 deficiency is a major consequence of this disease down the road.
If SIBO is not eradicated properly, these symptoms will only worsen and no amount of supplementation will solve the issue.
Symptoms of SIBO
The symptoms of SIBO are as follows:
- Excess gas
- Stomach Distension
- Abdominal Pain
- Sudden Unintended Weight Loss
How To Eradicate
Now, let’s dig into what scientific research has to say…
What’s very interesting about SIBO is that it’s symptoms are often identical to IBS symptoms (mirroring symptoms of both IBS-C, IBS-D or a mix of both).
There are many theories floating around about ‘which came first’ … One theory is that IBS ignites the development of SIBO while another theory says the opposite.
Still another theory, based on a 2003 study from the GI Motility Program, Department of Medicine, published in the Am L Gastroenterol, states that SIBO is related to predominantly IBS-C.
This would make sense since SIBO symptoms clearly mirror those of IBS-C.
According to a 2011 study published in the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, they found that:
“… SIBO was more frequent in patients with IBS as compared to healthy controls. D‐IBS subtype, female gender & bloating were predictors of SIBO in patients with IBS. ”
So …how do you eradicate SIBO?
I know what you’re thinking…
“Oh my gosh, I probably have SIBO! Yikes!”
And I already can guess your next move. You naturally want to rush back into (or start for the first time) any or ALL of the following:
I. A Strict Elimination Diet like the LowFODMAP diet to avoid foods that will feed the bacterial overgrowth in your gut and lead to more gas, bloating, abdominal pain etc.
II. Go Back to See Your Doctor for SIBO Tests like Lactolose breath tests, testing for parasites etc trying to ‘get to the bottom of things’.
III. Research New Probiotic Supplements to try and find ‘the one’ that will help best mitigate SIBO.
You deserve to know something.
Strict elimination and restrictive diets alone do not eradicate SIBO and IBS. Secondly they aren’t healthy for you to adhere to as long-term approach to managing your symptoms.
How do I know this? The 2012 scientific research article published in The Independent Peer Reviewed Journal: Gastroenterology & Hepatology stated:
“…elimination diets can result in dietary restrictions that can be burdensome to (IBS) patients and can potentially compromise their nutritional health. In addition, there is a lack of randomized controlled data that show a symptomatic benefit with elimination diets.”
So, restrictive diets? Not going to work.
Third, you can get tested all day with Lactulose Breath Tests, but studies show they are 48% false-positive.
According to a 2016 study published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, they concluded:
” Almost half of positive results from glucose breath tests are false because of colonic fermentation.”
Did you get that? They aren’t even reliable.
So, Lactulose Breath Tests? Not reliable. A waste of time and money.
So, what are you going to do? Are you going to hop on more medications to kill all the bacteria in your gut? Only to be left with a gut that is even more a messed up than it was before?
When you go on antibiotics, you kill everything in your gut. That’s why most people have a high reoccurrence rate with SIBO after they’ve spent massive amounts of time and money trying to eradicate it. They take antibiotics, mess up their gut bacteria even more and then have their symptoms often come back with a vengeance.
So, what IS the answer? What DOES work?
Random rounds of anti-parasitic supplements? Probiotics? What’s there left to even do?
Well, I can tell you exactly what you need to do to successfully eradicate SIBO AND prevent it’s reoccurrence.
What you need to eradicate SIBO is a well formulated plan backed by, PROVEN and tested by Scientific Research AND Neuroscience to attack the root causes of your IBS and SIBO for good AND prevent their reoccurrence. This is crucial.
You need to go after the Deeper root problems that are at the cellular and neurological level with Hard Work, the RIGHT Approach, Dedication and Consistency.
Otherwise, you’ll stay on the vicious cycle of cutting out trigger foods, trying elimination diets, and endlessly researching while NEVER annihilating the ROOT problems of what’s causing your SIBO and IBS.
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