People who struggle with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) or celiac disease often also struggle with SIBO. In SIBO, bacteria that normally occupy the colon (large intestine) migrate up to the small intestines where they feed on the carbohydrates that we eat and multiply. This leads to inflammation, bloating, slow motility and many other symptoms all over your body.
Did your digestive issues start after a bout of food poisoning or after a few rounds of antibiotics?
SIBO is typically either hydrogen dominant, methane dominant, or hydrogen sulfide dominant. To determine which bacteria or archaea is overgrown, a lactulose breath test is typically performed.
You can make diet and lifestyle changes before SIBO testing if SIBO is suspected as they are low risk, but SIBO testing is always helpful for figuring out the best treatment protocol.
If you aren’t sure if SIBO or bacterial imbalance is your main issue, take the free digestive health quiz below to help you narrow down your root causes!
Leslie was such a massive help and light when I was miserable and honestly scared to eat because I would be in so much pain. Diet changes and the supplements she recommended helped me have hope I didn’t have to feel like this forever. It is amazing how few medical professionals and dietitians seem to know how to address SIBO. I was so thankful for your help!
- Jackie L.
In the past 9 years, I had been to 2 different regular doctors and 2 different GI doctors for my digestive issues. They diagnosed me with IBS and later SIBO and put me on a prescription medication, but I only got some relief. Thankfully the second GI doctor suggested I go to Leslie at Grace, Goals & Guts. She asked me lots of questions, took into consideration all my symptoms, and helped me figure out what the best course of action should be. I ended up finding out that I was sensitive to quite a few foods, plus have digestive distress when I have too many high FODMAP foods. With Leslie's help, I have been able to change my diet and heal my gut. This didn't happen overnight, but it has been life changing. Through it all Leslie was so patient and great at listening to my issues, symptoms and struggles. I have recommended several people to her and will continue to do so!
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