Many patients have been suffering the very unpleasant symptoms of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth for years, without being correctly diagnosed. Many of them have been prescribed lots of antibiotics in the past for various health issues have had their gut flora changed drastically as a result.
What is SIBO?
Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) refers to a condition, in which abnormally large numbers of bacteria (at least 100,000 bacteria per ml of fluid) are present in the small intestine and the types of bacteria in the small intestine resemble more the bacteria of the colon than the small intestine. This overgrowth also causes damage and inflammation to the gut wall.
What causes small intestinal bacterial overgrowth?
The gastrointestinal tract is a continuous muscular tube through which digesting food is transported on its way to the colon. The co-ordinated activity of the muscles of the stomach and small intestine propels the food from the stomach, through the small intestine, and into the colon. Even when there is no food in the small intestine, muscular activity sweeps through the small intestine from the stomach to the colon.
The muscular activity that sweeps through the small intestine is important for the digestion of food, but it also is important because it sweeps bacteria out of the small intestine and thereby limits the numbers of bacteria in the small intestine. Anything that interferes with the progression of normal muscular activity (the waves) through the small intestine can result in SIBO by allowing the bacteria to stay longer and multiply in the small intestine. The lack of muscular activity also may allow bacteria to spread backwards from the colon and into the small intestine, which is why types of bacteria normally found only in the colon, are found in the small intestine.
Symptoms may include:
We are experts in correcting small intestinal bacterial overgrowth issues. Call our Clearwater clinic for more information on how we can help you at 727 466 6789.
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