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.
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.