Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
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Functional Medicine’s Approach to Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
What is Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)?
Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) is a condition where the small intestine becomes overpopulated with bacteria, leading to a range of digestive symptoms. The small intestine normally contains relatively low levels of bacteria, and the overgrowth can lead to a range of gastrointestinal symptoms and malabsorption of nutrients.
Symptoms of Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
The symptoms of SIBO can vary widely, but may include:
- Abdominal bloating and distention
- Gas and belching
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Stomach pain or cramps
- Fatigue and weakness
- Nutritional deficiencies (e.g. iron or vitamin B12)
- Weight loss or weight gain
Types of Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
There are two types of SIBO:
- Methane-predominant SIBO
- Hydrogen-predominant SIBO
The two types of SIBO are identified based on the type of gas produced by the bacteria in the small intestine. The symptoms and treatment of SIBO may vary depending on the type of SIBO.
How Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) Affects the Lives of People
SIBO can affect the quality of life in many ways, as it can cause a wide range of digestive and nutritional issues. The symptoms of SIBO can be disruptive and debilitating, leading to decreased energy levels and quality of life. SIBO can also cause malabsorption of important nutrients, which can lead to further health issues.
Functional Medicine Approach to Treating Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
At Spire Health Pathways, we take a comprehensive and individualized approach to treating SIBO. Our functional medicine practitioners work with each patient to create a personalized treatment plan, which may include:
- – Identifying and addressing underlying causes of SIBO (such as food intolerances, gut dysbiosis, and stress)
- – Nutritional interventions to support healing and improve nutrient absorption
- – Probiotic and antimicrobial therapy to reduce bacterial overgrowth and rebalance gut flora
- – Gut-healing supplements to reduce inflammation and support the digestive system
- – Lifestyle modifications to support overall health and reduce symptoms
- – Regular monitoring and follow-up to ensure ongoing success and improvement
Potential Costs of Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
Contact us today to learn more about our approach to treating SIBO and to schedule a consultation with one of our functional medicine practitioners.
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