SIBO testing is important because SIBO is often under diagnosed as it’s very similar to IBS. Did you know that up to 85% of IBS cases are due to Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)? So, if you have been experiencing IBS like symptoms such as abdominal pain, gas and bloating, it’s time consider testing for SIBO. Read more about SIBO symptoms, diagnosis and treatment here.
The gold standard to measure whether or not you have SIBO, is through a Hydrogen Breathing Test or Methane Breathing Test. This is a non invasive simple testing that you can do at home from your own comfort. SIBO is a condition in which the bacteria is present in the wrong place – small intestine. These bacteria ferment and produce gas, either methane or hydrogen. Therefore, a breath test can detect the rising in these specific gases in order to confirm SIBO. It’s important to know which one you should test for – methane or hydrogen as treatment for them is very different.