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The 12 Signs of SIBO (What You Don’t Know Can Make You Sick)
If you wake up with a flat stomach and go to bed feeling six months pregnant…you may have SIBO.
If you feel bloated and gassy more often than not… you probably have SIBO
If you’re practically chained to the bathroom with either diarrhea or constipation… chances are you have SIBO.
SIBO, or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, affects millions of people… but not all of them know it. That’s because SIBO is often left undiagnosed, or is misdiagnosed as something else. And when doctors don’t pinpoint what’s really going on, it’s much tougher to fix.
Luckily, the best fix for SIBO will improve your gut health and much more.
Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is just what it sounds like: the bacteria in the small intestine get unbalanced and start growing out of control.
Sometimes this happens because healthy, beneficial bacteria from the large intestine make their way to the small intestine and start colonizing there. Other times (less often), the bacteria that are supposed to be in the small intestine just overgrow.
Either way, that overgrowth sets your body on a path toward disease. The extra bacteria feed on undigested food in your small intestine – especially sugary, starchy carbs. They transform those carbs into hydrogen gas. Some of that hydrogen gets ingested by other microbes in your gut, and they turn it into methane gas.
So, now your gut is full of extra hydrogen, methane, or both gases. And you can probably guess what happens next… gas attacks and painful bloating, usually followed by either diarrhea (if there’s more hydrogen) or constipation (if there’s more methane).
Know the 12 Signs of SIBO
SIBO gets missed or misdiagnosed so often because it can cause symptoms that may "look like" something other health concern. SIBO signs include:
- Stomach pain
- Pale, extra-smelly poop
- Abdominal cramping
- Food intolerances (like lactose or gluten)
- Vitamin deficiencies
- Skin rashes
- Chronic disease (like fibromyalgia or diabetes)
- Fatigue and weakness
If you have any of these signs – and especially if you have more than one – you could be suffering with SIBO.
On top of that, if you’ve been diagnosed with either IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) or IBD (inflammatory bowel disease), you almost certainly have SIBO. In fact, up to 78% of people with IBS have SIBO. (read the study) And people with IBD are 9 times more likely to have SIBO than people without IBD. (check out the research)
Getting Rid of SIBO
If you know – or even think – you have SIBO, there are some important steps to get your digestive tract back on track.
The first thing to do is stop feeding the overgrown bacteria. They live on sugar and carbs, so cutting out those foods will starve the bacteria. (here's the research)
Along with things like cookies, cake, and alcohol - you’ll also have to stop eating (at least for a while) complex carbohydrates like beans, fruit, and whole grains to really cut off the SIBO supply lines.
Step two involves getting rid of the bad bacteria in your small intestine. Some people try antibiotics, but antibiotics can actually kill off the good bacteria in your large intestine and cause an imbalance in your gut bacteria – and then you’ll have two problems to fix. You can also try natural antibiotic herbs like berberine and grapefruit seed extract, which are gentler on the beneficial bacteria you want to keep, however when your gut is imbalanced like this, you'll need something long-term to help recondition and rebalance your microbiome.
The third step (the long-term solution) calls for reconditioning your gut with probiotics…but this can be much trickier than it sounds. Using the wrong probiotic supplements can actually make SIBO symptoms much worse!
Watch Out for the Wrong Probiotics
When you already have a bacterial overgrowth, the last thing you want to do is add more fuel to the fire. Unfortunately, that’s what happens when you have SIBO and decide to take most of the "common" probiotics on store shelves. In fact, that’s why some people have even worse SIBO symptoms when they take those probiotics! That’s also why many SIBO protocols involve stopping probiotics all together. (read the research)
That’s short-term thinking, though, because you can’t fully ease SIBO without the right probiotics. Here's why...
With SIBO, a lot of the overgrowth comes from probiotics in the bifidobacterium and lactobacillus families. Read most commercial probiotic labels and that’s exactly what you’ll see: bifidobacterium and lactobacillus probiotics.
With SIBO, when you take bifidobacterium and lactobacillus probiotics, they jump off the digestive tract train in your small intestine. They can add to the overgrowth that’s already happening, and that means more discomfort for you.
That’s why you need probiotics that have been shown to survive the harsh digestive environment, coast through the small intestine and arrive alive to the gut, where they restore and recondition your gut microbiome...so it can thrive!
Spore Probiotics Rebalance the Small Intestine
Spore probiotics have tough protective "armor" shells that keep them safe from harsh environments. They can survive extreme temperatures, both hot and cold. And they also easily survive stomach acid and digestive enzymes so they make it all the way through your digestive system intact and alive.
When they reach their preferred destination – your intestines – spore probiotics emerge from their shells and get to work. They fight off bad bacteria, work to support and promote many different types of beneficial bacteria, and they restore healthy balance to the gut microbiome.
That’s why spore probiotics are the right probiotics for SIBO. They rebalance the gut flora, so they don’t add to the overgrowth. And by supporting a healthy gut microbiome, spore probiotics restore balance to the immune system as well.
Adding Just Thrive Probiotic spore probiotic formulation into your daily regimen keeps your gut microbiome in healthy balance… without adding to overgrowth in the small intestine. Just Thrive Probiotic contains clinically studied strains that can survive antibiotic therapy, making sure the beneficial bacteria in your gut won’t be completely wiped out by a course of antibiotics.