If you suffer from IBS you may have come across a condition called SIBO. SIBO stands for Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth and occurs when elevated number of bacteria are found in the small intestine. The small intestine is meant to contain a low number of bacteria so it is when this elevated number of bacteria ferment starches and fibre that gas is produced which can then damage the small intestine and lead to symptoms.
IBS impacts 11.3% of the globe and it’s been estimated by some that between 60-80% of these cases are due to SIBO.
Other symptoms associated with SIBO
- Damage to the gut which can impaired vitamin absorption
- Microvilli damage (leaky Gut and food allergies, histamine intolerance)
- Fat malabsorption (fat soluble vitamins can’t be absorbed: A, E, D, K)
- Impaired migrating motor complex (reduced movement through the small intestine causing bacteria to stay in the small intestine)
Other condition associated with SIBO
While there is a growing list of conditions associated with SIBO the 4 with the strongest scientific backing are:
- Interstitial cystitis
- Acne rosacea
- Restless leg syndrome