SIBO, short for “small intestinal bacterial overgrowth,” is a common but little-known condition affecting the small intestine. As its name implies, it simply means that the bacteria in your small intestine have become imbalanced. This can lead to a whole slew of unpleasant, often painful, and sometimes embarrassing symptoms, including:
- Body aches
- General malaise
As you can imagine, any one of these symptoms, let alone a combination of them (which most SIBO sufferers experience) can make life quite uncomfortable. Worse, they can contribute to serious health conditions if left unchecked.
SIBO: Not Just a Gut Thing
The small intestine is responsible for 90% of the nutrient absorption that takes place in your body. Normally, the small intestine is a pretty clean place, with a bacterial count of about 105/ml or less (less than half of what is found in the large intestine.) When bacteria here get out of bounds, it can interfere significantly with absorption rates. And that can wreak havoc with your entire system.
The long-term consequences of SIBO-related malabsorption—including deficiencies of Vitamin B12 as well as other vitamins and minerals—include the potential for chronic illness. SIBO is associated with a number of chronic diseases, including:
- Skin conditions
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Celiac disease
- Crohn’s disease
- Autoimmune diseases
- And others
(Watch the video above to hear what Dr. Young has to say about SIBO!)
What to Do if You Think You May Have SIBO
There are many other conditions that can present with the same or similar symptoms, and proper treatment differ between them. If you suffer from digestive symptoms, it’s about time you figured out whether or not you have SIBO. To rule out the possibility that you may be suffering from some other digestive issue, you’ll need to schedule an exam before we can know for sure.
If it turns out you are suffering from this condition, I have good news and bad news.
Let’s get the bad news over with first: SIBO is a chronic condition. It’s stubborn, and it won’t go away on its own.
But here’s the good news: SIBO is easily treated with a combination of natural therapies and/or traditional therapies such as antibiotics.
If you have SIBO, you’ll need to know:
- The right diet to eat
- The right supplements and/or treatments to take
- What to do to kill off the overgrowth
Those are things we can definitely help you with!
If you’ve tried everything: dietary changes, cleanses, probiotics, all those things—and you still have symptoms of SIBO, it’s time to call our Patient Care Concierge for a complimentary consultation. You can reach her directly at 408.761.6781, or schedule your appointment online here. Whether or not SIBO is the culprit, you definitely deserve to live comfortably again!