Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) is a condition that is affecting an increasing number of patients. It is a condition where abnormally large amounts of bacteria are found in the small intestine. These bacteria proliferate and feed off carbohydrates from food, creating fermentation gases, specifically methane and hydrogen. It can be a cause of many health problems, including diarrhea, abdominal pain and protein and fat malabsorption.
Interestingly, it also plays a role in IBS diagnosis. The World Journal of Gastroenterology claims a definitive association between irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and SIBO, suggesting that SIBO be excluded before diagnosing a patient with IBS.
People struggling with these following conditions should be tested for SIBO:
- Common Conditions:
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Leaky Gut Syndrome
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Acid reflux
- Unexplained abdominal symptoms
- Gas and bloating
- The inability to tolerate sweet or starchy foods, fibre or friendly flora supplements.