What is SIBO?
Experiencing bloating, reflux or IBS? If so, it may be worth investigating if SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) is the cause. SIBO occurs when bacteria overgrow into the small intestine – rather than residing predominantly in the large intestine where they belong. This results in abnormal carbohydrate fermentation and overproduction of gases including hydrogen and/ or methane in the small intestine and upper GI tract.
These gases cause a range of uncomfortable symptmos including bloating, flatulence, abdominal discomfort, diarrhoea and constipation. In many instances, SIBO may be the underlying cause of IBS and in one study was found to be present in up to 78% of IBS patients.
In addition, SIBO has also been associated with several extra-intestinal conditions and may play a role in fibromyalgia and restless leg syndrome. It is also an important consideration in mood disorders, skin complaints and several other complex health conditions.