Gas, bloating, belching, constipation, and diarrhea
These are all symptoms of small intestine bacterial overgrowth, which we call SIBO (see-bo). 16.8% of the population in the United States have SIBO, which is a lot of us!
In addition, 84% of people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) happen to also have SIBO. We Functional Medicine clinicians discover that SIBO frequently causes IBS. Unfortunately, this SIBO connection to IBS tends to slip through the cracks in conventional medicine.
Although many clinicians know about SIBO, the general population is in the dark about this common condition. I recently attended a conference for SIBO specialists, therefore I’m excited to educate more lay people about it. I soaked up the latest information, and my wheels are spinning. In addition, I’m inspired because a plethora of my patients, as well as friends and family members either have SIBO symptoms, or test positive for SIBO. It’s rampant!
I deliver this series in digestible snippets. The entire series is a guide to SIBO signs, symptoms, testing, treatment, and relapse prevention.
SIBO signs and symptoms
Read this list, because every condition on it is a red flag for SIBO:
- Acne and rosacea.
- Anxiety and depression.
- All autoimmune diseases.
- Digestive symptoms: belching, reflux, gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, and indigestion.
- Food intolerances.
- High cholesterol, specifically high LDL.
- Low iron or ferritin, which don’t go up with supplementation.
- Numbness in extremities.
- Low bone density.
With any of these symptoms, I want to investigate SIBO as a cause. If you have any of these conditions, and want to learn more about SIBO as a possible cause, please read the next post in this series.
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