Individuals with IBS are commonly prescribed laxatives, antidepressants, anti-diarrhoeals, and other agents that may provide minimal symptomatic relief, but do not address the cause. For the many individuals who have a bacterial or immune contribution to their IBS symptoms, testing for and treating SIBO can be a promising way to get closer to the root of the problem and address underlying causes.
Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) is a condition that is treated through a combination of modalities: pharmaceutical drugs, herbal protocols, elemental formulas, diet, and probiotics. Lifestyle modification is another element that many find is necessary to reach their ideal level of recovery.
In my experience, diet is an indispensable component of achieving symptomatic relief and healing from SIBO. However, making dietary changes typically requires a major lifestyle overhaul with an adjustment period and perhaps some grieving when individuals realize the discomfort and damage caused to their bodies by some of their favorite foods. A nutritionist well-versed in the needs of individuals making complex dietary changes can help ease the process and aid in the discovery of new favorite meals. A collaborative approach between nutritionist and client typically yields the best results.
Another element of treatment that can be a major obstacle for people to overcome is the length of time that it takes to heal. Symptomatic relief can take several months and resolution of all symptoms usually takes years. It is a journey marbled with ups and downs and lifelong changes are often needed to remain symptom-free. Remembering that there is a light at the end of the tunnel can be challenging on days where you do not feel your best. Building a support network of individuals who understand the process and can help troubleshoot your symptoms and remind you that healing from SIBO is a journey, not a sprint, can aid in your healing.
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