Chronic Inflammatory Intestinal Symptoms? SIBO could be the cause.

It might surprising to learn that bacteria living in our intestines make up a large percentage of our body's cells. When gastrointestinal problems become more common, it means it’s time to restore the health of your microbiota.

According to recent studies, more than half of those diagnosed with (irritable bowel syndrome) actually were suffering from SIBO (small intestinal bacterial imbalance). If you are one of the many Greater Houston residents who were under the impression that you suffer from IBS, you must pay close attention to the signs and symptoms we will discuss.

Six Indicators of Bacterial Overgrowth in the Small Intestine (SIBO)

The most difficult aspect of diagnosing digestive problems is that there is often significant bleed-over from one symptom to the next. Many diseases manifest in the same way, making it difficult to pinpoint the underlying cause. When it comes to SIBO, pay special attention to the following:

  • Gas, bloating, constipation and diarrhea were some of the symptoms you experienced when you were administered opiates or other pain relievers.
  • Adding more fiber to your diet while you're constipated appears to make the condition worse, not better.
  • Getting treatment for unrelated illnesses appears to help your IBS symptoms.
  • If you consume probiotics that also contain prebiotics, your bloating will increase.
  • You suffer from celiac disease or gluten sensitivity and haven't been able to find a way to manage your symptoms.
  • Your blood test results show that you have a serious or chronic iron shortage.
Six Indicators of Bacterial Overgrowth in the Small Intestine (SIBO)

If either of these scenarios sounds familiar, you should be concerned that you may have SIBO. You should also be aware of SIBO risk factors, such as a diet high in processed sugars and starches, previous episodes of food poisoning or antibiotic misuse, and insufficient digestive enzyme output.

What We Learn from Saliva Testing

SIBO Signs and Symptoms

As previously stated, different gut problems can be difficult to diagnose due to the similarity of their symptoms. It's also important to remember that each patient is unique, exhibiting different symptoms at different times. The following, however, are among the most common SIBO factors:

  • Burping or excessive gas
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Indigestion or acid reflux
  • Discomfort or pain in the abdomen
  • Acne, rosacea, and Hashimoto's thyroiditis are examples of autoimmune diseases.
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease are examples of neurodegenerative diseases.

It is also worth noting that IBS is frequently misdiagnosed as another chronic illness. It's known as "leaky gut syndrome," and one way to tell the difference is that your illnesses will be more closely related to your immune response than your gastrointestinal tract. However, the fact that many people with SIBO also have leaky guts can complicate matters. In the end, extensive, patient-centered testing is the only way to determine the source of your issues.

SIBO Treatment: It Is Not the Same for Everyone

Although many of us have been conditioned to expect simple, standardized treatment plans from our Functional Medicine doctors, this is an ineffective approach to health and fitness. SIBO treatment should be tailored to the individual's medical and nutritional history because everyone's body chemistry and microbiota are different.

Dietary modifications, herbal supplements, and, in rare cases, mediations are among the most commonly used treatments. For some people, switching to a low FODMAP (fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols, which are short-chain carbohydrates that the small intestine absorbs poorly) diet can be quite beneficial. It all depends on the type of fungi and bacteria discovered during the testing process.

What We Learn from Saliva Testing

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