It’s not normal to be constantly belching after you eat or develop a huge belly that prevents you from being able to button your pants. It’s more than just a “sensitive stomach”. In this video we will discuss how these common symptoms can be something deeper.
SIBO or Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth is when there is an excessive amount of bacteria in the small intestine or the small bowel. The small intestine has a relatively low level of bacteria, bacteria is supposed to be at its highest concentration in the colon.
When SIBO is present, there can be malabsorption issues, which can lead to further dysfunction. Aside from bloating, SIBO can actually cause the following symptoms: abdominal pain, excessive gas, constipation and bloating, diarrhea, joint pain, fatigue, depression, and even skin issues.
SIBO can be caused by motility problems like constipation, and it can be caused by Pancreatitis, Diabetes, and even Diverticulosis. It can also be caused by immunosuppressive drugs or PPIs.
Symptoms of SIBO can consist of a constant bloating sensation, especially after you eat along with bloating, excessive gas, diarrhea, and even constipation.
Anytime I see a patient that has these complaints, I will search for the root cause not just treat the symptoms. When we treat patients who experience gut issues, they’re often told, well, they have Irritable Bowel Syndrome. However, it’s important to determine if they have IBS, or SIBO or both. It’s important to get the right type of test and because with the right testing, you’ll get the right type of treatment. This is why we use a combination of a breath test and stool testing and combining the right nutritional protocols.
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