Gut problems have always been a great problem for most of the people. When left untreated these gut problems may cause a series of health problems.
SIBO or Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth is one of those gut problems that can deteriorate your overall health if left untreated.
SIBO is a condition where there is an overgrowth of bacteria in your gut.
We have trillions of bacteria that live in our gut and are important for proper functioning of a body. These bacteria can be divided into good bacteria and bad bacteria. Because of certain underlying issues in some people there is an overgrowth of bad bacteria. This over growth of bad bacteria leads to the condition of SIBO.
With SIBO, overgrowth or overabundance of bad bacteria occurs mostly in the small intestine.
While it is very different from IBS, most people with SIBO are mislabeled as IBS.
So, it is very important to diagnose your gut problems properly at the right time for the betterment of your overall health.
But how do you know if you have SIBO? Here are a few symptoms that can indicate if your have SIBO problem.
Though these symptoms may seem normal at the first glance, it is important to know if the symptoms prevail for a longer time. And then, seek medical attention as early as possible.
With trillions of bacterias in your gut, maintaining the balance in the good and bad bacteria is highly important for health. With changing lifestyle and food habits, there are a lot of external and internal factors that can disrupt this balance.
Understanding what has caused your SIBO problem can help your Functional Medicine doctor provide the best treatment for you.
Various factors that can be the cause for your gut microbe imbalance include -
The most concrete test to diagnose SIBO used to be an invasive procedure to collect the samples of your intestine and identify if you have SIBO.
But now, with the advent of more advanced tests, simple breath tests can be done to diagnose SIBO. The test is called Hydrogen and Methane Breath Test. It helps measure the amount of hydrogen and methane gases in your breath to determine if you have SIBO problem or not.
The other breath tests include glucose & lactose breath tests.
Of these, I find the lactose breath tests to be more sensitive and also specific for diagnosing SIBO.
The conventional medicine often uses antibiotics that kills the bad bacteria. This will temporarily fix the SIBO symptoms.
But on the dark side, the antibiotics kills not only the bad bacteria but in turn causes gut microbe imbalance. This can lead to a whole lot of problem along with SIBO.
And this is why, Functional Medicine Doctors Make a comprehensive plan of treating SIBO.
I have developed a 3 step comprehensive protocol to heal your body and treat SIBO.
The 3 step treatment plan includes -
In this protocol I do not use Harsh antibiotics which have a lot of Side Effects. instead I use natural herbal antibiotics that research has shown to be equally efficacious in treating SIBO. in fact research studies prove that the natural oral antibiotics might give you a longer lasting improvement in SIBO symptoms.
Also it is very important to identify the underlying reason why you got SIBO in the first place. And this is one of those critical steps which most of the doctors do not pay attention to. through various testing methods we are able to identify the underlying root cause of your SIBO and we help you to reverse it.
The last thing that need to be done is to restore healthy microbiome balance in your gut. without that the SIBO will return back quickly within few weeks to months. I have seen several patients with SIBO, whose symptoms came back because their doctor never help them to restore the microbiome balance.
Get to know about this 3 step protocol to treat SIBO here.
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