SIBO testing now available with Dr. Kamila McClean!
Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) is the over colonization of bacteria in the small intestine. While the entire digestive tract contains bacteria, there should only be a small amount in the small intestine compared to the amount in the large intestine. These bacteria can be normal/healthy or pathogenic. These bacteria ferment the food we eat and then cause digestive as well as systemic problems. Some of the symptoms of SIBO are similar to those of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). These include bloating, abdominal gas, flatulence, abdominal cramps, burping, diarrhea, and constipation. SIBO has also been associated with anemia, hypochlorhydria, acne rosacea, H. pylori, hypothyroidism, intestinal permeability (“leaky gut”), restless leg syndrome and histamine intolerance.
As part of the fermentation process, bacteria produce hydrogen, methane and hydrogen sulphide – the first two of which can be tested. These gases consume nutrients and promote systemic inflammation. Based on interpretation, if positive, a patient is placed on a protocol of three phases – Phase 1: Eradication, Phase 2: Diet Modifications, Phase 3: Repair and Rebuilding. SIBO can be measured directly using a 3-hour breath test that is currently accessed through referral. In-house testing will be available soon.
For more information, book an appointment with Dr. Kamila, ND to discover if SIBO is the culprit of your digestive issues.