Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, or SIBO for short, is a digestive imbalance in which bacteria have been given the space to multiply and overgrow in the small intestine.
In the clinic I often see people blaming other gut conditions such as Candida overgrowths, parasite infections and even food intolerances when in fact SIBO is the main culprit.
Frequently I note 3 symptoms that lead me to suspect SIBO.
Abdominal bloating and distention are the first key symptom that may be caused by SIBO. When you combine a bloated feeling or actual distention with other important information like the timing of your meals and what type of food you have eaten then SIBO may be likely.
Diarrhea or Constipation
SIBO is often accompanied by a significant change in bowel motions. This can be due to the excess gas production caused by bacterial fermentation. If you are noticing loose stools and diarrhea or constipation then there is a chance that SIBO may be present.
Farting or Burping
Extra burping or farting, especially after a meal, is the third symptom that makes me immediately think SIBO may be involved in your digestive troubles. Again, the excessive gas production, caused by bacterial fermentation in the small intestines may be to blame.
Putting the puzzle pieces together
When only 1 of the 3 symptoms listed above are present I tend to question whether SIBO is present. When 2 symptoms line up I am more confident that testing is required. If you have all 3 symptoms and fit the SIBO picture I am more confident and will frequently order a SIBO breath test to confirm my suspicion.
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