Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) can be a common condition that is often overlooked. What causes this overgrowth of bacteria is when bacteria migrate from one part of the digestive tract to the small intestines. Another way is when bacteria that is already naturally occurring, becomes overpopulated.
The overgrowth may happen because of stress, a weak immune system, antibiotic use, and low levels of stomach acid. A breath test will help diagnose SIBO and the severity of the condition.
If diagnosed, treatment is initiated and includes antimicrobials, dietary changes, and some light lifestyle modifications such as stress reduction techniques.
SIBO symptoms present in a variety of ways and include but are not limited to:
- Weight gain
- Gas and bloating
- Stomach pain
- Food sensitivities