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Could your IBS really be SIBO?

Ok, so if you are reading this, my guess is you have probably been diagnosed with IBS. 

You probably have had a few tests run that were negative and so you were told you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

This is a common story for many people and unfortunately,
they are left in the dark with no solution to their

  • abdominal pain/discomfort
  • flatulence,
  • abdominal bloating &
  • irregular bowel movements such as diarrhea +/or constipation.

The good news is that we are always continuing to learn more
about digestive health.

Research has shown that a proportion of patients with IBS are known to have SIBO!

So what’s this thing called SIBO?

SIBO stands for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth…WOW that’s a mouth full.

Unlike the large intestine which is meant to be packed full of
healthy bacteria, the small intestine is meant to have much small numbers of
bacteria. 

For various reasons there can become an overgrowth of
bacteria in the small intestine.  These bacteria
begin to ferment the food we eat creating the following symptoms:

  • abdominal pain/discomfort
  • abdominal bloating
  • flatulence
  • irregular bowel movements such as diarrhea +/or constipation.

Is this starting to sound familiar?

With such a big overlap between the symptoms of IBS and SIBO, when I work with patients experiencing these symptoms I always talk to them about SIBO testing and potential treatments if the test is positive.

Testing & Treating SIBO

If you think you might have SIBO, please reach out to me at rosie@amindfulhealthjourney.com so I can properly assess your symptoms and provide testing for SIBO as needed.  If you test positive I will be able to put together a plan that is specific to your individual symptoms and bacterial imbalance.

Resources

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5347643/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5495893/

https://www.biohealthlab.com/test-menu/sibo/