small-intestineThe indications of SIBO mirror the symptoms of other gastrointestinal disorders, including IBS. According to a study published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology ( there’s good reason for the similar symptoms — there’s a definite association between IBS and SIBO.

Some Common symptoms of SIBO and IBS include:

Nausea, Bloating, Vomiting, Diarrhoea

Malnutrition, Weight loss

Joint pain, Fatigue, Rashes

Acne, Eczema, Asthma

Depression, Rosacea

There are a number of underlying conditions believed to contribute to small intestine bacterial overgrowth. Included may be aging, chronic pancreatitis, diabetes, diverticulosis, a structural defect in the small intestine, injury, fistula, intestinal lymphoma and scleroderma, metabolic disorders including diabetes.

The use of certain medications, including immunosuppressant medications, proton pump inhibitors or OTC antacids, (think Nexium, Mylanta or Pepsin) immune system disorders, recent abdominal surgery and celiac disease are also associated with an increased risk for developing SIBO.

Concurrent occurrence of Coeliac can be of particular concern, as it disturbs gut motility leading to improper small intestine functioning.

Essential nutrients, protein, carbohydrates and fats poorly absorbed, may result in deficiencies such as iron, vitamin B12, calcium  and deficiencies in the fat-soluble vitamins — vitamin A , vitamin D, vitamin E and vitamin K.

In turn these deficiencies may lead to symptoms, including weakness, fatigue, confusion and damage to the central nervous symptom.

Research also suggests that using specific strains of probiotics for specific conditions is essential for effective treatment.  In addition, prebiotic foods are important to recolonise the micro flora environment.

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