Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth is an increase in bacteria in the small bowel. This overgrowth can lead to improper digestion and malabsorption of nutrients. This can damage the small bowel mucosa, which can lead to leaky gut and other complications such as food allergies/sensitivities, inflammation and autoimmune diseases. Ultimately, the cause of SIBO is complicated and may involve several mechanisms. Some of the risk factors associated with SIBO include: irritable bowel syndrome, chronic pancreatitis, Crohn’s disease, Celiac disease, history of bowel surgery, low stomach acid, diabetes mellitus, moderate alcohol consumption, the use of oral contraceptive pills, overuse of antibiotics and organ system dysfunction.
7 Signs That You Have SIBO
- Bloating and excessive gas
- Abdominal pain/cramping
- Food intolerances
- Vitamin/mineral deficiencies
- Rosacea and skin rashes
Bacteria is important for healthy gut health especially that of the small bowel. Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth or SIBO is a medical condition that can result from the lack of healthy bacteria. It can lead to leaky gut syndrome and other symptoms. At Aligned Modern Health, we believe in helping our patients to restore their health. We offer functional medicine and clinical nutrition services to help those with gut issues such as SIBO.
Understanding the Small Bowel
The small bowel connects the stomach to the large bowel. Bacteria is present throughout the entire GI tract. Few bacteria generally live in the small bowel and the type that is present is usually different than that of the rest of the tract. The small bowel plays a major role in digesting food and absorbing nutrients as well as fighting infections. Normal bacteria also help it to produce nutrients that create waves that help to move intestinal content throughout the gut.
Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth Treatment
When it comes to gut issues, the sooner you treat them the better. As the condition progresses, symptoms may get worse and it may become more difficult to treat. At Aligned Modern Health, our professional team of medical staff and nutritionists can help treat patients with SIBO. With the help of functional medicine and clinical nutrition, we can help attack the bad bacteria and restore healthy bacteria in the entire gastrointestinal tract.
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