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Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)

Monday, May 10th 2021 10:00am 4 min read
Dr. Jessica Peatross dr.jess.md @drjessmd

Hospitalist & top functional MD who gets to the root cause. Stealth infection & environmental toxicity keynote speaker.

Do you experience discomfort within hours of eating a meal? Does your stomach bloat to the point of having to unbutton your waistband? Do you experience swelling, bloating, abdominal pain, and gas?

If so, these symptoms are frequently attributed to IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). However, many IBS sufferers are actually experiencing SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth).

What is small intestinal bacterial overgrowth? (SIBO)

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) is the overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine. The gastrointestinal (GI) tract has many different species of bacteria and other microorganisms, which are commonly called the gut microbiome. The largest amount of bacteria exists in the colon, and the small intestine has fewer amounts.

SIBO describes the result of some bodily dysfunction or consequence of an existing disease rather than being a disease itself. There is a two part method for treating SIBO:

  • Treat the excess bacteria
  • Identify and treat the root cause of the SIBO.

If you ignore treating the root cause of SIBO, you may have relapses. The root cause must be treated and resolved in order to manage SIBO.

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