Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)

SIBO Overview:

SIBO is a condition involving a change in the distribution of the gut microflora. The small intestinal flora begins to look more like the distribution of the large intestine microflora. This results in changes in fermentation which can cause a variety of symptoms depending on the flora distribution.

 

Aetiology:

SIBO can be caused by stasis in the gastrointestinal tract and/or reduced gastric acid secretion. 

It can cause poor fat absorption, IBS symptoms, and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). 

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Symptoms:

Bloating

Flatulence

Abdominal Pain

Diarrhea

Dyspepsia

Weight Loss

 

Diagnostic Considerations:

  • Hydrogen breath test
  • Signs of unexpected weight-loss;
    • Fat-soluble vitamin deficiencies
    • Vitamin B12
    • Low iron
    • Serum bile acids (low?)
    • Red blood cell folate (low?)
 

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Differential Diagnosis:

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Herbs For SIBO:

Herbal Medicine

  • Echinaceae
  • Calendula
  • Hydrastis
  • Citrus seed
  • Melissa
  • Thyme
  • Pau D'arco

Nutritional medicine

  • Zn
  • A
  • C
  • E
  • Omega 3
  • Quercetin
  • Probiotics

Diet

  • Less caffeine
  • Elimination diet - food intolerances
  • Prebiotics
  • Garlic

Lifestyle

  • Stress management
  • Excercise
 

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Author:

Justin Cooke

The Sunlight Experiment

Updated: November 2017


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