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IBS symptoms? It could be SIBO

Updated: Dec 6, 2023

Have you ever suffered from bloating, nausea, pain in the abdomen, joint pain, fatigue, diarrhoea, constipation, wind pain, GORD or cramping?

Well, these symptoms & more may be caused by SIBO.

SIBO stands for 'Small Intestinal Bowel Overgrowth'....and it's far more prevalent than you may know.

So why does SIBO cause all these symptoms?

Well as the name suggests, SIBO is due to an overgrowth of bacteria in your small intestine - an area in your digestive system that is generally somewhat sterile. The small intestine is where nutrient absorption takes place, and large amounts of bacteria can interfere with this process. Generally, bacteria normally live in the large intestine, where they have a multitude of activities that they perform including breaking down (fermenting) foods they come into contact with.

This causes damage to the absorptive wall of the small intestine, reducing the ability to absorb nutrients from food. At worst, this can lead to malabsorption of vitamins & minerals, leaky gut, & heightened immune response to foods.

This can happen as the result of infection, reduced stomach acid levels, stress, medications & altered anatomy.

In many cases, SIBO is implicated in IBS, IBD, reflux, coeliac disease, rosacea, fibromyalgia and CFS, amongst others.

The good news is that there are various dietary & lifestyle changes that can be made to successfully manage SIBO and aim to treat the underlying cause.

Get in touch to see how I can help you manage SIBO or any other digestive issues.

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