SIBO Treatments

Treatment of Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth There are different treatments that are used to address SIBO and some of the most popular are antibiotic treatments. These antibiotic drugs directly attack the bacteria in order to eliminate the condition. Some commonly prescribed antibiotics for SIBO include Neomycin and Rifaximin. The good thing about these antibiotics is that they are not absorbable by the body, so that they are able to stay inside the intestine without causing any side effects. Although there are also herbal medications that are commonly taken to address SIBO, there haven’t been enough studies to prove their efficacy. However, it might be worth trying these herbal supplements: cinnamon, garlic, oregano, and other herbs that contain berberine. Natural Remedies for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth If you think you might be suffering from Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, then there are also several natural remedies that you can try to relieve your condition. Start by adopting a diet low in carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are the main food of bacteria so decreasing your consumption can help eliminate the excess bacteria. Another herbal treatment that has been proven to be effective in treating SIBO is enteric coated peppermint oil. These supplements are made of peppermint oil contained in hard edible shells that don’t disintegrate until reaching the small intestine. Once in the small bowel, the oil kills bad bacteria. Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth is a gastrointestinal infection that can cause serious health problems, such as leaky gut syndrome, nutritional deficiencies, chronic fatigue, and irritable bowel syndrome. Keep in mind, though, that the small intestine and colon need to have a certain amount of good bacteria in order to properly perform their function. SIBO occurs when the amount of bacteria reaches an unhealthy number. Fortunately, […]
By |January 18th, 2014|SIBO|0 Comments

What is SIBO?

A SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) diagnosis means you have an overgrowth of bad bacteria in your small intestine. The problem is that most of the bacteria in your gut should be in the colon or large intestines, not in the small intestine. The primary job of the small intestine is to absorb nutrients and minerals from food. A bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine causes the same issues as IBS (gas, bloating, gut pain, diarrhea or constipation). But it can also cause nausea, heartburn, brain fog, headaches, food allergies and body aches. SIBO can be diagnosed with a breath test. The best test is a hydrogen/methane breath test. Before the test you drink a lactulose solution to determine if you are a hydrogen or methane gas producer. Studies show that these antibiotics have had great results in eradicating SIBO and improving symptoms. But you’re probably wondering, wasn’t it antibiotics that caused the problem in the first place? Because many people are gun shy about taking antibiotics as a treatment, SIBO can also be treated with herbal antibiotics like oregano oil, garlic capsules, or goldenseal. While antibiotics kill bad bacteria directly, diet is also used to starve the bad bacteria, which feed mostly on sugar and carbs. One of the best ways to prevent SIBO from recurring is to keep digestive fire strong. That means having sufficient hydrochloric acid in the stomach and sufficient enzymes to help break down the food so no undigested particles remain. Things that keep digestion and absorption strong are taking probiotics, enzymes, or bitters before a meal. Or diluting a bit of apple cider vinegar in water and drinking it before a meal.
By |October 25th, 2013|SIBO|0 Comments