Last week, I uploaded my root cause infographic and it seemed like you guys liked that format! So, I decided to do another infographic! Yay for artsy SIBO content!

In this infographic, I wanted to give you a list of the most common symptoms for each root cause. I could not include all the symptoms. There are just too many to list on an infographic. But, I think I listed enough of the most common symptoms to give you an idea if you need to dig further into a particular root cause.

As I have mentioned before, these root causes are not mutually exclusive and they often play on each other. When looking at the infographic, you will notice that some of the root causes have similar signs and symptoms. Working with a practitioner who can conduct and interpret some more conclusive diagnostic testing can be helpful when your symptoms fall into numerous root cause categories.

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Here is a link to the infographic! You can also click on the pictures below to go to the blown up version (where you can click on the links to some of the tests). Enjoy!

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  • Thanks for that.. I’m knd of guessing that if you have low thyroid or HPA axis issues this would effect your stomach acid production and your digestion of fats and things.. I was thinking about doing a dutch test this am and most of my marker are in that area so this kind of confirmed that’s the avenue to go down.. I do have some for liver inflammation too but I think if I get hormones sorted the rest will tighten up at least to some degree..

    • Yeah! Definitely a lot of these root causes intersect and effect each other. I hope that a DUTCH test can confirm your suspicions! I’m actually about to do one of those tests myself this week!

      • No problem! Thanks for reading!! If you reach out in like a month or so, I can let you know how the DUTCH test goes! I might even do a post about it to!

  • hi
    my symptoms are : Intestinal gas (Fart) after any meal . mostly carbs ( fiber,bread,potato,mashrooms..corn…) beans and dairy – Tired Feeling -Diarhhea –
    Undigested stool and incomplete evacuation

    what do you think????
    my stool test is normal
    may thyroid and blood suger test is normal

    and my symptoms go away whit takeing antibiotic!! or much better…

    my symptoms much much better with take a probiotic contain inulin!!!!! ( now brand )

    there is not sibo test in my country…and all doctors seid to me that i have IBS !!!

    what can i do????

    • Hi Ali, I would look into working with a practitioner to try to figure out your root cause. It seems like you are already doing a good job digging at the potential causes, but a good practitioner can really help you sort through your particular case. I think focusing on the brain-gut axis and taking steps to support digestion might be good next steps to try. Thanks for reading!

  • This article is awesome!!!!!! I’m hoping you could give me some advice.

    I have SIBO and I’ve been working with a Naturopath for about 6 months. The problem is, she hasn’t exactly addressed my ‘root cause’. She told me I probably developed SIBO because of a deficient MMC, but it seems like there may be a lot more to it then that…

    Looking at your wonderful diagram, the diagnoses I identify most with would be Gut Inflammation. I literally have ALL the symptoms!!! I have Celiac Disease, multiple food sensitivities, and allergies to external things such as cheap metal, dust, aloe vera, echinacea, ect. I also have diarrhea, bloating, trouble digesting most foods (and fat), nutrient malabsorption, and occasional anxiety/ depression-like symptoms.

    I guess my question is,m if gut inflammation IS my root cause, how do I heal it? Is it a completely different process then the one I’m using to heal SIBO? I’m going to talk to my naturopath about this, but I would love to hear your opinion as you seem quite knowledgeable on the subject.

    Also, do you have any good sources you would recommend for me to learn mire about glut inflammation/ other root causes?

    Thank you so much!

    • Hi Hannah! I think gut inflammation is going to involve removing trigger foods from your diet (I am not sure what your current diet looks like), but it also involves adding some supplements to help reduce inflammation in the GI tract (glutamine, tumeric, ginger, Restore, DGL, zinc, bone broth). I’m a big fan or Restore for leaky gut…so I would suggest at least looking into that one (I wrote a post about what I have tried and I write about it a little in there). MegaSpore Biotic is the best probiotic on the market in my opinion and I have had great success with it and many others have as well. MegaSpore can help strengthen the tight junctions in the gut and even has some strains that can attack the SIBO head on.

      Optimizing digestion may also be important for you since you since you mentioned that you have maldigestion. MegaSpore could help with that as well as trying some Betaine HCL and digestive enzymes if you feel the need.

      Lastly, gut inflammation may be your root cause, but you also might need to address other problems that have arisen from your gut inflammation such as brain inflammation and possible hormone dysfunction. So, your naturopath says that your MMC is deficient…this is probs a result of your gut inflammation causing brain inflammation and slowing motility that leads to SIBO. So, you may need to try some vagus nerve exercises to rebuild the communication system between the brain and the gut!

      Please let me know if all that made sense haha! I am happy to clarify 🙂

      • Once again, your response is SO helpful. Thank you! Right now I am following the Sibo Specific Diet (with a few modifications). I’m taking Betaine HCL before dinner, and ‘IntestiNew’ by renew life (which is a glutamine powder mix).

        I’m definitely going to look into Restore and MegaSpore and go read your supplement article. I’m also going to start on the Vagus Nerve exercises. I’d never even heard of them until your blog post, but I’m so glad I did! I’ve always struggled with swallowing pills, and I have a very unresponsive gag reflex.

      • So happy I could share some helpful information! Vagus nerve is a game changer in my opinion. I don’t really understand why more practitioners are not focusing on the vagus nerve to repair MMC function. Feel free to swing on by and update me on any changes you may notice with doing the vagus nerve exercises for 3-4 weeks! 🙂