Author: Dr. Michelle Durkin on 3 April 2018
But what exactly is SIBO and what are 5 things you should know about it?
SIBO is an acronym for small bowel intestinal overgrowth. It occurs when there is an overgrowth of normal commensal bacteria in the small intestine. These bacteria should be located primarily in the large intestine, not the small intestine.
Symptoms that patients will complain of can include: gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, cramping, and food intolerances. In fact, 60% of IBS cases can be attributed to SIBO.
So what do you need to know to get the correct diagnosis?
So how can you test to see if you have SIBO and not just IBS?
The first one rules out any immune reactions to food that could be causing the symptoms and the second one determines whether there is a bacterial and/or fungal overgrowth in the gut.
These tests are available to any patient at Quinte Naturopathic Centre. if you are not a patient you would be required to complete an initial assessment with one of our doctors.
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