Is your Intestinal Candida really SIBO?

If you think. You have. Intestinal Candida yeast overgrowth and are. having. A hard time getting. it. Under control you may have. SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth).  the. Symptoms of. SIBO aka SBBO (small bowel bacterial overgrowth ) are. Very similar to. those. of. Candida so it’s easy to. Confuse the. two. Conditions. it. is. possible. not. Uncommon to. have. both. Conditions.

What is. SIBO

Small intestine bacterial overgrowth is, as. the. Name suggests, an. Overgrowth of. Bacteria in. the. Small intestine. it. is. an. Overgrowth of. Bacteria that. Should not. be. Present in. Large quantities in. the. Small intestine.

Although the. Entire digestive system. is. Populated with bacteria the. small intestine does not. contain. Anywhere near the. Number of. Bacteria that. is. Found in. the. Large intestine (colon).

The type of. Bacteria that. are. normally. Found in. the. Small intestine are. Different from the. Bacteria that. Reside in. the. Large intestine but in. SIBO a large number of. Bacteria from the. Colon and lower part of. the. small intestine have. Found their way into. the. Upper part of. the. Small intestine.

Once the. Bacteria trans-locate to. the. Small intestine they. Cause a lot of. Symptoms as. they. Ferment the. Food passing through. the. Main purpose of. the. Small intestine is. to. Digest and absorb the. Nutrients from the. Food into. the. Body. What is. Left passes through to. the. Large intestine where. Water and some. Minerals are. Absorbed into. the. Body before. it. is. Excreted.

Sibo has been. Linked to. IBS, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, food intolerance, leaky gut, Lyme Disease and environmental illness. A high percentage of. IBS sufferers have. now. been. Found to. have. SIBO as. the. Cause of. Most of. Their symptoms.

Symptoms of. SIBO

SIBO can. Cause the. following. Symptoms:

Abdominal bloatingAbdominal painExcess gas/windDiarrhea or more. Frequent bowel movementsConstipationMucous in. StoolsSugar Cravings

When the. Condition has been. Present for some. Time it. can. Lead to:

Weight lossNutritional deficienciesLeaky gut ( increased permeability)Food intoleranceFatigueGeneral body aches and pains

As you can. see. these. are. the. Very same. Symptoms that. Might make you think. You have. Candida overgrowth or IBS.

The bacteria ferment the. Food in. the. Small intestine which produces gas and toxic substances. the. Gas causes. Abdominal bloating and pain. the. Toxins irritate and damage the. Intestinal lining causing inflammation, pain, diarrhea and leaky gut.

What is. the. Cause of. SIBO?

If the. Normal muscular wave like contractions of. the. Small intestine are. Interrupted for any. Reason then bacteria from the. colon and lower end of. the. Small intestine can. Migrate to. the. Upper parts. of. the. Small intestine. the. Waves sometimes called cleansing waves or peristalsis should be. Continuous and help to. Push the. Food along the. Length of. the. Small intestine into. the. Colon.

Many things can. Interfere with peristalsis such. as:

HypothyroidismLyme DiseaseCrohn’s DiseaseCeliac DiseaseDiabetesSclerodermaLow stomach acidMalfunction of. Ileo-cecal valve ( valve between. Small &. Large intestine)AntacidsProton pump inhibiting drugsPain medicationsBowel SurgeryMuscular and neurological diseasesDiverticuli

How do you know. If you have. SIBO?

There is. no. Perfect test for SIBO but the. Favorite is. the. 3 hour lactulose hydrogen breath test. it. is. possible. though. to. have. Bacterial overgrowth that. cannot. be. Detected by. this. Method. Humans can’t digest or absorb lactulose. Most bacteria can. this. Produces hydrogen and methane which can. be. Measured in. the. Breath.

Treatment for SIBO

Mainstream doctors usually treat it. With antibiotics but this. Does not. Provide a lasting cure and the. Condition often recurs because the. Underlying cause has not. been. Addressed. Antibiotics can. Lead to. an. Overgrowth of. Candida yeast.

What we. Eat creates the. Environment in. Our digestive system. the. Beneficial bacteria survive on. High fiber diets but high fiber diets can. be. A problem for some. People with SIBO. Meals that. are. High in. Meat and fat and low in. Fiber tend to. Encourage the. Putrefactive bacteria.

A strict diet can. Help to. Starve the. Bacteria. the. Cleansing waves of. the. Small intestine only occur when you are. not. Eating so frequent meals or snacking should be. Avoided. Bowel cleansing can. Help sweep the. Bacteria out of. the. Small intestine and herbs can. Help reduce the. Bacterial overgrowth.

A supplement of. Hydrochloric acid (HCL) is. Often needed with meals to. Help acidify the. Stomach and to. keep. the. Bacteria down. .

Recommended Diet:

The diet should consist of. Easily digested food. the. best. Foods are. Organic eggs, fresh meats (not preserved), low mercury fish, fresh, non starchy vegetables and fruit, nuts and seeds, their cold pressed oils and ghee.

Lightly cooked fresh, non starchy vegetables are. Considered better. than. Raw food initially to. Calm down the. Gut. Limit fruit to. 1 –. 2 servings a day daily and avoid all. Dried fruit.

Fruit should be. Eaten on. its. own. as. A snack between. Meals and not. be. Combined with or eaten after. Meals as. it. can. Encourage fermentation if it. Sits in. the. Stomach for any. Length of. Time.

One serving of. Fruit can. be. Combined with green leaves to. Make a very digestible and nutritious Green Smoothie. Vegetables can. be. made. into. Nutritious soups. Meat can. be. Cooked slowly as. A casserole with vegetables to. Make it. Easier to. Digest. Bone broths can. Help to. Supply the. Nutrients that. have. become. Deficient.

Sugar and sweeteners of. all. Kinds should be. Avoided including dairy products as. they. contain. the. Hard to. Digest milk sugar, lactose. Avoid grains &. Cereals.

It’s best. to. Avoid all. Processed foods (any packet or tinned foods).  the. Original foods have. been. Stripped of  most nutrients and contain. Additives and preservatives that. can. Damage the. Gut flora.

Use plenty or garlic and fresh ginger both. Cooked and raw in. your. Food preparation. Ginger contains. Substances that. Improves motility of. the. Gut,  may improve digestive enzymes. Has anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties. Garlic is. Anti-spasmodic and can. Help with pain, it. is. Also anti-fungal an. Anti-bacterial and seems. to. Promote the. Growth of. the. Friendly gut flora.

Many people have. Found that. the. SCD (specific carbohydrate diet) or the. Gaps Diet (Gut and Psychology Diet) has helped. Them but it. can. Take several. Years unless. You use. some. Herbs as. Well.

Natural anti-bacterial herbs for SIBO

There are. A number of. Outstanding herbs that. can. be. used. to. Help combat SIBO such. As  grapefruit seed extract, chaparral, oregano, olive leaf extract, goldenseal, oregon grape, barberry. Goldthread sometimes called Chinese goldenseal ( coptis chinensis)

So if you you have. been. Troubled with Candida that. seems. to. Defy all. Treatment it. Pays to. consider. SIBO and get tested for it.

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