SIBO = Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth
Yup … that’s what we’re considering next as a potential issue! Never a dull moment round here that’s for sure! And NOOOO I’m not just sitting here Googling my symptoms!
I mentioned in my earlier post today that I’d joined a “Beyond AIP” support group for people that weren’t having much success on the AIP diet, and that after posting my story the author of the book I just read commented and told me not to use the suggested diet combination in her book. Well, the story continues ….
She’d asked me some questions and I replied with answers and more questions. Unfortunately she didn’t have a lot more to say other than she “doesn’t recommend ‘plans’ anymore, but rather that people concentrate on healing the gut.”
So … yeah … that didn’t get me far, but at least I didn’t go down another rabbit hole wasting time on something she doesn’t believe will work. Thank goodness for that!
However! … and like I said before … isn’t there always a “however”!?
The moderator of the group also read my story and replied to me .. she encouraged me to read her story which is frankly nothing short of scary! Makes me feel fortunate once again that I’ve found a diagnosis pretty quickly, and that I’m more proactive about my medical care … and smart enough to know when things are taking too long to resolve. So … anyway … enough patting myself on the back … what’d she say you ask?
Her issues were Candida (which was my first suspicion way back in November, for which I started changing my diet in December), leaky gut (which it’s probably 100% positive I have, and SIBO. Having read my story and my suspicion of Histamine Intolerance and my Functional MD’s previous suspicion of parasites or possibly SIBO this lady said ” I’m NOT a practitioner. SIBO, leaky gut and Candida were my primary issues. SIBO is pathogenic and has to be dealt with if you have it. My understanding is that it has to be #1. If you suspect it, focus on it: get a test.”
I’ve written back to her and asked for her to let me know the best testing for this. Her story gives the name of a doctor in Australia that she consulted with to get her back on track, talked about a seed and feed diet, and mentioned that her sister (a licensed ND) in the USA also promotes the same kind of healing diet but includes weeding in addition to the seed and feed (kinda sounds like lawn care, but I’ll humor her and see where this goes).
At this point I just want to say … Don’t worry anybody! … I’m not jumping around here from one crazy diet/treatment to the next … I’m seriously weighing all of this with the symptoms and what my body is telling me. I’m still keeping serious records … remember the food, mood, poop journal I told you about way back when? Yup — 174 days and counting!
At this point, I have an appointment with my GP on Friday … I’m compiling my list of requests for her and am hoping to play on her heart strings … tell her I’m still waiting to get in with the GI Specialist in Toronto that’s been recommended to me but that SIBO is suspected … but it could be HIT (Histamine Intolerance), so we need to run tests ASAP so I know how best to start treating and healing my gut! It makes a difference which one of the two it is how we move forward and which probiotics we use … so it’ can’t wait … it’s important! …… I hope my begging works!!
So … what’s the scoop on the poop then? … I’ll try to highlight the most important bits below…
What Is SIBO?
SIBO is the acronym for “small intestinal bacterial overgrowth,” defined as excessive bacteria in the small intestine. While bacterium naturally occurs throughout the digestive tract, in a healthy system, the small intestine has relatively low levels of bacteria; it’s supposed to be at highest concentrations in the colon.
The small intestine is the longest section of the digestive tract. This is where the food intermingles with digestive juices, and the nutrients are absorbed into the bloodstream. If SIBO is indicated, malabsorption of nutrients, particularly fat-soluble vitamins and iron, can quickly become a problem.
When in proper balance, the bacterium in the colon helps digest foods and the body absorb essential nutrients. However, when bacteria invades and takes over the small intestine, it can lead to poor nutrient absorption, symptoms commonly associated with IBS, and may even lead to damage of the stomach lining.
When you have SIBO, as food passes through the small intestine, the bacterial overgrowth interferes with the healthy digestive and absorption process. The bacterium associated with SIBO actually consumes some of the foods and nutrients, leading to unpleasant symptoms, including gas, bloating and pain.
Even when treating small intestinal bacterial overgrowth with antibiotics, relapse rate is high. This is a chronic condition that can be cured, but it takes patience, perseverance and a change in diet. In fact, SIBO treatment include a healing diet, and some foods should be avoided until the gut flora is back in balance.
Symptoms of SIBO
The indications of SIBO mirror the symptoms of other gastrointestinal disorders, including IBS. According to a study published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology, there’s good reason for the similar symptoms — there’s a definite association between IBS and SIBO. Researchers suggest that physicians give consideration of excluding SIBO before giving a definitive diagnosis of IBS. (3)
Common symptoms of SIBO and IBS include:
- Weight loss
- Joint pain
Complications Associated with SIBO
SIBO, left untreated, can cause potentially serious health complications. It’s vital to get rid of the bacterial overgrowth as soon as possible.
Bacteria overgrowth in the small intestine can lead to malnutrition, one of the biggest concerns with SIBO. Essential nutrients, protein, carbohydrates and fats aren’t properly absorbed, causing deficiencies, including iron deficiency, vitamin B12 deficiency, calcium deficiency and deficiencies in the fat-soluble vitamins — vitamin A deficiency, vitamin D deficiency, vitamin E deficiency and vitamin K deficiency.
These deficiencies can lead to symptoms, including weakness, fatigue, confusion and damage to the central nervous symptom. (12)
Source: Dr. Axe
The article from above goes on to talk about how to treat SIBO with antibiotics, but also mentions some herbal remedies have been successful. Of course, diet also must be changed – Phase 1 – The SIBO Diet, Phase 2 – The GAPs Diet, and supplementation throughout. Either way, it’s more restrictions for sure … I remember seeing the SIBO Diet sheet that my FMD gave me when she suspected it … shocking! But what ever needs to be done … I’ll do it!
Now … wanna talk about something weird? ….. I’ll take that as a yes 😉
I quickly Googled to find an appropriate picture to use on my post and what’d I find? Well, yes, this adorable gut picture above, but what it was attached to was a certainly a happy accident!
All I Googled was SIBO and I chose this picture and when I looked to see what it was attached to, the article is entitled “A Closer Look At How To Safely Use Probiotics and Colostrum for SIBO” …. SERIOUSLY! Get. Out. Of. Town!
So … faith restored in my crazy natural consultants from New Zealand who live in the USA and are currently in Switzerland?? Ummm yeah!
In part the article says…
A Closer Look At How To Safely Use Probiotics and Colostrum for SIBO
For years we’ve been told to take probiotics for gut health but there is no evidence that probiotics alone adhere to the walls of the intestine and it is now known that most just travel through or sit there and do nothing. There is much involved in colonizing the gut with beneficial bacteria but suffice it to say one aspect is they need a good soil to grow and probiotics need colostrum to colonize.
The bacteria in probiotic supplements all need some colostrum to multiply and flourish in the intestinal track. However, very few probiotics on the market actually contain colostrum. It’s something that’s not understood by supplement manufacturers. More and more physicians and researchers have come to this realization.
……… [lots of other information is listed in between, some of which I understand, others parts I just get the gist of … and it talks about aerobic this and H2S that … some of which I’m starting to put together and I think somehow this could relate to functions that Hydrogen Peroxide therapy would provide … die off of bacteria, etc. . . I’ll need to try to wrap my head around more of this or find another article as well. Either way this one’s a keeper – lots of good references to strains of probiotics to use and not to use] ……….
Take probiotics with colostrum powder and mix as a paste and add to water or some other liquid or food such as applesauce.
This website “Alternavita” has a whole category of articles on SIBO – here
I fear I’ll be going down another deep rabbit hole to learn more about Colostrum and it’s miraculous effects … but it’s late and I need to shut my brain off now so I can try to sleep!
However …. I’ll leave you with this, as I did just find this experience of a man who suffered for YEARS with SIBO and Gastro issues – He saw 7 Gastro specialists who couldn’t help him with every trick they had … including fecal transplant (don’t even get me started on that one!!)
The regime his wife had him on (not sure who told her to try this – but she was a nurse who’d been doing a lot of research and ‘doctoring’ on her own for him) was this:
Two weeks ago I started him on L-Glutamine with the recommended dose of 30 gm/ day..powder form….6 teaspoons in water on empty stomach.( each tsp is 5gms.). Sips this during day to continually bathe small intestine….AND Bovine Colostrum…… gradually increasing to 8 caps a day, then to 4 caps a day. I open the caps and mix in water….on an empty stomach. No Nausea, NO Cramping, No Pain, No Diarrhea!!!
Nausea is completely gone, pain is completely gone. No need for Meclizine , regiment, Hydrocodone, antidiarrheals,. HE FEELS NORMAL!!!!!!! His quality of life is 100% improved, he is able to go out without fear of having an accident, and it is just amazing!!!!!
Source: Crohn’s Forum
So … on that happy, hopeful note … Good Night! 🙂