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What is SIBO?

SIBO stands for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth


What does SIBO mean?


Normally, large amounts of bacteria are found in the LARGE INTESTINE. This is where they are needed. SIBO is a condition where bacterial overgrowth occurs in the SMALL INTESTINE


Common SIBO Symptoms

  • Diarrhoea

  • Constipation

  • Alternating constipation and diarrhoea

  • Abdominal cramping

  • Bloating and/or wind

  • Burping and Acid Reflux/GORD

  • Food sensitivities

  • Joint pain

  • Skin rashes

  • Iron and B12 deficiency

  • Respiratory symptoms such as asthma

Causes of SIBO

  • A case of gastroenteritis

  • Overconsumption of simple carbohydrates

  • Medications: proton pump inhibitors, morphine and other opiates, narcotics, possibly beta agonists and calcium channel blockers

  • Stress: chronic stress can decrease stomach acid output (hypochlorhydria). As normal stomach acid levels are required to kill bacteria this may not be happening if you have chronic stress

  • Stress also causes changes in the motility of the small intestines, which allows for bacterial overgrowth

  • Initial colonization of bad bacteria: caesarean birth or not being breast feed

So, do I have SIBO?

The good news is that you can get tested for SIBO. To do this, book in with Chantelle, our Accredited Practising Dietitian today. She will ask you all about your symptoms, past health history, current diet and explain SIBO in more detail.


If you suffer from any of these symptoms and are unsure if you may have SIBO, then it's best to book in for a complementary consultation with Chantelle to see how she can help.




Chantelle-Rose Martino | Accredited Practising Dietitian

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