Gas, bloating, belching, reflux, constipation, and diarrhea
Do you suffer from one or more of these gastrointestinal symptoms? If so, you may want to investigate if the culprit is small intestine bacterial overgrowth, which we call SIBO (see-bo). It is estimated that 16.8% of the United States population have SIBO, which is almost 1/5 of us!
If you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), then you may be interested to know that 84% of people with IBS happen to also have SIBO. In these cases, testing for SIBO, and treating it if positive, can be a key part of healing from IBS. Unfortunately, GI specialists do not always operate on what is current in research, and they not always test for SIBO in cases of IBS.
SIBO can be simple and straightforward to identify and treat, and it can also be complex, stubborn and chronic. Each person has a unique presentation.
This blog series is meant to educate you about this condition, in digestible pieces. The entire series is a guide to SIBO symptoms, testing, treatment, and relapse prevention from a functional medicine lens.
Let’s start with symptoms…
SIBO signs and symptoms
Every one of these 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.
If you have one or more of these conditions and want to learn more about SIBO as a possible cause, please read the next post in this series.