Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) is a condition that is believed to contribute to the symptoms experienced by many individuals with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and a variety of other chronic illnesses. The name “small intestine bacterial overgrowth” is an accurate description of the process that is occurring inside the body- there is an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine.
But aren’t we supposed to have lots of bacteria in our intestines? The answer is yes! But where we want them located is another story.
The large intestine is home to billions of beneficial bacteria, yeast, and other microorganisms. These critters play an important role in educating the immune system, regulating metabolism, and determining the overall state of our health. When the balance of organisms is disrupted by modern influences such as antibiotics, processed food, chronic stress, and other toxins, we become predisposed to poor health.
The small intestine is where we want to absorb nutrients from our food. But when the quantity of bacteria goes haywire, it causes excessive fermentation of food, resulting in inflammation and the malabsorption of nutrients. The result is unpleasant, uncomfortable, embarrassing, and damaging symptoms that severely reduce the quality of life for individuals with this condition.
Luckily, the symptoms of SIBO do not have to be forever. Dietary, herbal, and pharmaceutical remedies along with lifestyle modifications can result in dramatic symptomatic improvement that leave people feeling healthier than they have ever felt before. The journey isn’t easy, but it is certainly rewarding! To begin (or continue) your journey toward a SIBO-free life, check out the resources on this site and browse our services to determine how we can help support your wellness.