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Other people develop SIBO because they have slow transit time in the GI tract and/or reduced enzyme production. As a result their food does not digest quickly enough, and it sits in the small intestine, creating the perfect environment for bacteria to feed and ferment on the undigested food.

Environmental factors

also play a role in the rise in SIBO. Consuming meats that have antibiotic residues, and washing our hands with antibiotic soaps, alters the terrain of our guts and also promotes overgrowth of harmful bacteria.

Can Foods Make SIBO Worse?

Bacteria feast on certain foods

and produce excessive amounts of methane or hydrogen gas that are the hallmark of SIBO. Among the common offending foods are sugars, artificial sweeteners, corn syrup, grains, beans, high-fructose fruits, and vegetables that contain high amounts of fructose. Some people may try eating better to reduce bloating and the symptoms of SIBO only to find that it seems to make things worse. The gas, cramping and bloating may increase with a change in diet

gases that are produced by fermentation. Breath tests, however, often show false negatives for SIBO and are inaccurate for diagnosing SIBO more than half the time. Organic acid testing is another tool that can be used as well. In my clinical practice, I find the most practical and accurate way to determine if a patient has SIBO is using a 24-Hour Urine Analysis, in combination with a Fasting and a Postprandial Exam (after eating). This method not only diagnoses SIBO accurately; it also identifies most of the underlying causes of SIBO.

Treatment of SIBO The traditional medical

because some of the “healthier foods” such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, lettuce, apples, blueberries, and bananas contain high amounts of fructose. (See list of “Foods Fermented by Small Intestine Bacteria”).

How Do You Know if You Have SIBO? SIBO can be diagnosed by

several different methods. The most accurate method, but very costly, is to have a doctor perform an endoscopy that measures the amount of bacteria found in the fluid in the small intestine. Easier methods include a breath test that measures hydrogen and methane

approach to SIBO is to use antibiotics to wipe out bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine. My patients have found that this has limited results. Usually the patient’s symptoms rapidly improve in a few days, but the symptoms return with a vengeance in a month or two and may become worse. So the physician places him or her on antibiotics again, only to have the symptoms return again. The problem with this approach is that the antibiotics destroy both the bad bacteria and the good bacteria in the microbiome. This creates a sterile medium for resistant harmful bacteria and yeast to grow that even probiotics cannot solve. About 60% of the people

who have SIBO will also have fungal overgrowth at the same time. This is

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