Gut Health:

Uncover the Secrets to

Managing SIBO

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Discover how managing SIBO can transform your wellbeing

My name is Caroline Peyton. I'm an expert in gut health, nutrition and naturopathy with over 14 years experience. 

There is often conflicting information about SIBO, how to identify the symptoms, test and manage. 

So I've put together a series of short videos to help you understand Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO). 

Whether experiencing symptoms for the first time or seeking effective management strategies, you'll find expert guidance tailored to your unique health needs.

Welcome to my SIBO short video series...

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What is SIBO?

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SIBO stands for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth.  The small intestine is the very long section between the stomach and the colon.  With SIBO the bacteria in the small intestine starts to accumulate and these can be pathogenic bateria that feed off your food and start fermenting causing gas. This struggles to escape which can cause pain and discomfort.

It’s believed that 75% of IBS originates from SIBO.

Understanding the Causes of SIBO

SIBO is typically caused by an abnormal increase in bacteria within the small intestine. 

This can stem from several factors such as food poisoning, eating too often, impaired gut motility, structural abnormalities, and certain medications that disrupt the normal microbial balance. 

Each of these elements can slow down the transit of food and create an environment conducive to bacterial overgrowth. By understanding these underlying causes, we can tailor specific treatments that address the root of the problem, not just the symptoms.

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Recognising the Symtoms of SIBO

Identifying SIBO involves recognising its varied symptoms, which often mimic other digestive disorders.

Common symptoms include:

  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation

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These occur due to the excessive bacteria fermenting foods in the small intestine, producing gases that cause discomfort and bloating.

Understanding these symptoms is crucial as they can guide us toward identifying SIBO and putting in place appropiate protocols helping to find relief from SIBO.

Can you test for SIBO?

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Accurate testing of SIBO is essential for effective treatment.

Testing typically involves a breath test, which measures hydrogen and methane gases produced by bacteria in the small intestine after consuming a sugar solution.

But these tests aren’t always foolproof.

I commonly use indepth stool testing as it can identify the bacteria that are commonly seen in the sibo picture but the results must be analysed by a professional and compare them to your symptoms to see if further investigation is needed.

By identifying SIBO accurately, we can better tailor your treatment to ensure optimal gut health and symptom relief.

Effective Treatment Protocols for SIBO

Effective SIBO protocols require a multifaceted approach, often involving antibiotics or herbal antimicrobials to reduce bacterial overgrowth, along with prebiotics to support healthy levels of the beneficial bacteria.

Additionally, dietary adjustments play an important role in managing symptoms and preventing recurrence. 

Each treatment plan is tailored to the individual's specific needs, ensuring the best outcomes for long-term gut health and symptom management.

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Dietary Strategies to Combat SIBO

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A crucial component of managing SIBO is implementing specific dietary strategies.

These include the low fermentation diet, which reduces foods that are difficult to digest and likely to ferment in the gut. This approach helps to decrease the symptoms and bacterial overgrowth by minimising the available substrates for fermentation.

Adjusting your diet is not only about symptom relief but also about creating a gut environment that discourages bacterial overgrowth..

Ready to Address Your Gut Health?

If you're experiencing digestive discomfort or suspect you might have SIBO, don't wait to seek clarity and solutions.

Book a free discovery call with me, Caroline Peyton today. This no-obligation conversation is your first step towards personalised advice and effective strategies tailored to your unique health needs.

Take control of your gut health and start your journey to wellness now!

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