Relentless Problems With Your Stomach? Be Aware of SIBO!

Some people can struggle with digestive problems for years. It might be as simple, if unpleasant and irritating, as gas and bloating; or it could be more serious, such as persistent diarrhea or worse. When the problem is chronic, it’s usually more than something you ate; it’s a medical issue with the flora and fauna that live in your digestive tract.

Some harmful kinds of bacteria are on the rise, doctors are finding. And, in some cases, it can be a matter of a sharp increase in the number of bacteria within your digestive tract. That’s what SIBO is, Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth.    Some bacteria are necessary for normal digestive function, but even too many of the helpful normal bacteria can cause problems.    Most of your digestion and food absorption process happens in the small intestine.   If you have an overgrowth of bacteria it can lead to bloating, cramps, stomachaches, diarrhea, constipation, allergies and food intolerance, IBS, low stomach acid levels and or skin rashes.

Normally, in the small intestine, the contraction of the intestinal muscles move food through into the large intestine. As this occurs, bacteria will move with the food, and both are pushed into the large intestine. When this process doesn’t happen, bacteria that would normally be kept in check are instead allowed to linger in the small intestine and continue multiplying. Other causes of SIBO include issues with the stomach’s acids, which are intended to start breaking food down prior to it entering the small intestine. When the acids aren’t at the right strength, this too can affect digestion and let bacteria run rampant.

Common causes of bowel dysfunction:

  • Antibiotics
  • Birth control pills
  • Proton pump inhibitors
  • Antacids
  • Thyroid disease
  • Diabetes
  • Parkinson’s

Key Points:

  • 1SIBO may be present in over 78% of IBS cases.
  • 2If you have not had any treatment success for your IBS, SIBO may be at the root of your problem.
  • 3There are things you can try at home (apple cider vinegar) and dietary changes you can make that may help.

Having healthy intestines depends on many factors and that is why many aspects affect the intestinal ecosystem to remain in balance and in good condition.

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