Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common conditions in Canada, characterized by excess gas and bloating, abdominal pain or cramping, and diarrhea and/or constipation.
IBS was once thought to be due to stress, and patients were told "it's all in your head."
However, new research is showing that up to 84% of those with IBS symptoms may actually be suffering from Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO).
SIBO is caused by an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine, that ferment carbohydrates from our diet and produce gases, which then cause the symptoms seen in IBS. It can also be associated with a wide variety of conditions, including Acid Reflux, Rosacea, Celiac Disease, Crohn's, Ulcerative Colitis, and Leaky Gut.
SIBO can be detected using a breath test that measures the presence of Hydrogen and Methane gases.
Treatment involves antibiotics or herbal antimicrobials to eradicate the bacterial overgrowth, along with a specific diet to starve the bacteria.
If you are tired of suffering from digestive problems and have tried everything but nothing seems to help, identifying and treating SIBO may be the key to restoring your health.