Phoebe Lapine from Feed Me Phoebe gives us everything you ever wanted to know and more about Small Intenstinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO).
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Quacks and Hypochondriacs is hosted by Dr Bill Ferro, and is produced by Earfluence.
Some takeaways from the episode:
- There are 25 to 45 million Americans living with IBS, 75% of which are women.
- 60% of all IBS cases are said to be caused by Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO).
- SIBO is an issue of location, not type. You can have perfectly good critters, they’re just too far up your intestinal tract.
- When bacteria in your small intestine feast on their favorite foods they release gas, causing uncomfortable bloating, IBS symptoms, leaky gut and inflammation.
- People who react to “good gut foods” like kombucha, legumes and sauerkraut, might have an overgrowth at play.
- SIBO is a sign that something in your digestive system has gone wrong, not a disease in and of itself. You must uncover your root cause— the reason the bacteria are overgrowing. Often there are several.
- One of the most common causes of SIBO is a simple bout of food poisoning.
- Autoimmune and inflammatory conditions like Hashimoto’s, Celiac, IBD and Endometriosis are also big risk factors for SIBO.
- Stress can cause SIBO, and often treating SIBO can be a huge source of stress in and of itself.
- SIBO can be resolved with medication, but often it takes many habit changes and diet tweaks to heal your gut for good.