SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) is something that is fairly prevalent. It can occur in those who already suffer from IBS or any other underlying condition. SIBO occurs when there is an overgrowth of bad bacteria in the small intestine. The small intestine should only have a very small amount of bacteria present. The small intestine, when functioning correctly, is where nutrient absorption takes place. When there is an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine, the bacteria consume the nutrients and interfere with absorption leading to gas, bloating and pain.
Symptoms Of SIBO
- Joint pain
Risk Factors For SIBO
Over half of people with celiac disease have SIBO.
About 43 percent of people with chronic diabetes have SIBO.
Aging is a factor for SIBO. Over 20 percent of seniors over the age of 61 have it.
Rosacea patients are at risk of SIBO.
Left untreated, SIBO will lead to malnutrition. Vitamin B12, an important vitamin and one that is hard to absorb as we get older, is even more difficult to absorb with SIBO. A vitamin B12 deficiency is linked to many problems such as tingling in hands and feet, anemia, jaundice,cognitive issues, memory lapses, fatigue, weakness, and mental health issues including paranoia and hallucinations. Poor absorption of fat, anemia, osteoporosis, kidney stones and damage to the intestinal walls are other concerns.
How To Heal
Treating with antibiotics is the usual course, but eliminating good bacteria is always the problem when treating with antibiotics. Recurrence is often the case because again there is an imbalance in gut bacteria. The first thing to do is to take a quality probiotic immediately. Eat foods rich in probiotics.
Herbal antibiotics have been shown in studies to be very effective. Oregano oil, lemon balm oil and Indian barberry root extract are effective.
To learn more about herbal antibiotics read Herbal Antibiotics
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