Do you regularly suffer from gas, bloating, diarrhea, abdominal pain, or cramping? Do certain foods tend to aggravate these symptoms more than others? Do you put these symptoms off as isolated incidents that you simply have to “deal with?” While many of us occasionally consume foods that just don’t agree with us, regular gastrointestinal distress can be caused by a chronic medical condition called Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth or SIBO.
There are naturopathic treatments for SIBO that are gentler on your system and work to produce results that may last much longer than harsh chemicals.
What is SIBO?
In healthy digestive tracts the helpful bacteria that let us digest the food we eat travels through our intestines with the food as it passes. However, certain food, diseases, or injuries can cause conditions which trap bacteria in the small intestine. This can create an unhealthy overpopulation of these helpful bacteria which causes the symptoms listed above.
The most common cause of Small intestine Bacterial Overgrowth is an unhealthy diet high in processed carbohydrates, sugar, and alcohol. By providing large amounts of the easily digestible foods that these bacteria love, you’re encouraging their population to explode inside you. This can lead to excessive gas, diarrhea, fat malabsorption, and vitamin deficiencies.
Diseases like diabetes and scleroderma, as well as conditions like diverticulitis, Crohn’s Disease, and intestinal scarring (from injuries or surgery) can slow the passage of bacteria through your digestive system creating SIBO.
Naturopathic Treatments for SIBO
Traditionally, after you’re diagnosed with SIBO, the only option you’re offered is a course of antibiotics. Unfortunately the most prescribed antibiotic is often not covered by insurance companies for the treatment of SIBO. Treatment can be costly when you have to pay out of pocket.
Alternatively, your naturopathic doctor can help reduce the amount of carbohydrates and alcohol in your diet, eliminating the underlying cause of bacterial overgrowth.
Identifying your food sensitivities (gluten, lactose, etc.) can help you avoid the symptoms as well. Combined with the consumption of foods and herbal supplements that naturally help regulate the bacterial population in your gut can gently eliminate SIBO and keep it from happening again.
Additionally, vitamin shots to help replace the nutrients you’ve lost due to malabsorption issues and help you feel better faster.
Learn How to Keep Your Gut Healthy at Pure Vitality Rejuvenation Center
SIBO is just one of the common digestive issues that can be reduced or eliminated by understanding how what we put in our bodies affects the natural processes inside. Learn about gut health and live happier and healthier at www.PureVitalityCenter.com. Call us today at 310-820-7925 to schedule your health assessment.
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