Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) means that there's too much bacteria in the small intestine, which can cause
- Smelly gas
- Getting full fast
- Constipation or Diarrhea (sometimes both!)
There are a few key tips that point to SIBO as the culprit!
Garlic and Onion are high FODMAP foods, which means they ferment easily in the small intestine, causing symptoms to get worse.
Fiber is often thought to help constipation, but if fiber consistently makes constipation worse, that's a big tip that there's probably an overgrowth of bacteria.
Think about the gut. If there's too much bacteria in the intestines, and you put more bacteria in there with a probiotic or prebiotic, that is like adding fuel to the fire!
Iron is largely absorbed in the small intestine. If you eat meat and/or take an iron supplement, but your ferritin levels are low, that is a big tip to think SIBO! This is also a common sign of Celiac Disease, so it is a good idea to test for this too.
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