Digestive symptoms of SIBO:
IBS – like symptoms such as, gas (belching / flatulence), stomach pain, bloating, diarrhea / severe constipation or both, heartburn / acid-reflux, malabsorption, malnutrition and in extreme cases, weight loss.
SIBO impacts not only quality of life, but so much more. The role of the small intestine is to absorb nutrients. The overgrowth interferes with nutrient absorption and thus patients experiencing SIBO also often have nutrient deficiencies such as Vitamin D, K, Iron, B vitamins etc.
SIBO causes inflammation, leaky gut syndrome, and many food sensitivities. We know for a fact that different bacteria in our gut alter our hormones (see blog post on how) therefore, other hormonal imbalances have been associated with SIBO such as acne, PMS and the biggest of all – adrenal fatigue. SIBO can also cause anxiety, brain fog, poor memory and other neurological conditions.
In order to diagnose the type of SIBO, Dr. Tali often runs breathing tests (the type depends on your symptoms) and stool analysis (optional). Stool analysis testing can tell us much more than SIBO and can be helpful in diagnosing not only SIBO but also Candida, leaky gut, infections, parasites, etc.
Do you have to do the testing? Not always. Its case by case basis. But in order to understand the kind of bacteria and what it is sensitive to, testing is highly recommended.
Get yourself an experienced Naturopathic Doctor who can properly diagnose- Dr. Tali often asks more Important questions to help narrow down SIBO diagnosis as it can be broad spectrum of symptoms. Its important you get someone in your corner who truly understands digestive health, is able to diagnose, test and prescribe proper treatment.