Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth

What is it?

How is it diagnosed?

How is it treated?

Where can I get more info?

 

What is it?

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)  is where there an overgrowth of bacteria has set up in the intestines.  Normally the small intestine is free of any bacteria but once it has been infected it can cause painful symptoms that often get labelled as “Irritable Bowel Syndrome”.

The following are just some of the symptoms that are caused by SIBO:

Constipation, diarrhea, bloating and gas, GERD, fatigue,

SIBO often leads to leaky gut which in turn causes food sensitivities.  It is a complex health problem.

How is it diagnosed?

It is diagnosed using a simple breath test which detects abnormally high levels of methane and/or hydrogen that are put out by the bacteria

We have partnered with Sage Clinic in Vancouver who use a Quintron machine for testing SIBO.

 

Sage SIBO Center

 

How is it treated?

Our naturopathic doctors are trained in the treatment of SIBO.  It is treated using antibiotics (conventional or herbal) and by following a special diet.  We often recommend motility agents, probiotics and other products to heal the gut.

Where can I get more info?

A great website with a wealth of info can be found at siboinfo.com