Is your low carb, high fat diet wrecking your gut?

If you have struggled with chronic GI problems, you have probably noticed that low carb and high fat diets are often promoted as the best diets for gut healing. Carbs are vilified as feeding SIBO, candida and other bad gut bugs. Healthy fats olive oil and butter are encouraged as they do not feed gut bugs and provide calories and nutrients. I personally went lower carb when I first received my SIBO diagnosis under the advisement by my practitioner at…

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The h. pylori and SIBO connection

As I have discussed in many other posts, SIBO is a secondary symptom of a bigger problem. You have to dig deeper to find your root causal issues to make lasting progress. One of the root causal issues that I see when working with clients is h. pylori. H. pylori is a gram negative gut bacteria that is known for its role in creating stomach ulcers. H. pylori has a unique ability to survive and colonize the stomach. The low…

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Gut Healing Takes Time: Tips to Evaluate Progress

When you are working on your gut, sometimes it can be tough to determine if strategies are producing a measurable result. It can be easy to ditch the RIGHT strategies before you see results and stick with the WRONG (often popular) strategies for too long waiting for results that never materialize. I know from personal experience that I abandoned valuable strategies when I didn’t get quicker results. My first trial of building vagal tone with gargling I abandoned after 2…

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Don’t ignore your Liver when you have SIBO!

It has been a couple months since I wrote a blog and I am so happy that my return post will be all about the liver! There are so many different SIBO protocols, but most fail to address the liver. You may know a little bit about the liver. You may associate liver problems with alcoholism. But, you do not have to be a drinker to have liver inflammation.  Working with SIBO clients, I see my fair share of liver…

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5 Biggest SIBO Mistakes You Want to Avoid

I have worked with hundreds of SIBO clients and talked to even more SIBO sufferers via social media. I often see the same mistakes over and over again. I know how frustrating it can be to invest lots of time, energy and money into SIBO treatments that don’t work! I went through some soul crushing disappointments when I had SIBO. I went into protocols with enthusiasm and hope, only to be let down hard when I made no progress. I…

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Is SIBO taking over your life?

When I was at the peak of my SIBO journey, I ate, drank and breathed my SIBO diagnosis. My thoughts were consumed by what I was going to eat next, what health podcasts I was going to listen to at work or debating on whether I should try the new trendy supplement that Barb in the SIBO Forum was talking about. In some respects, it makes sense that I was consumed by my SIBO diagnosis. It felt as though this…

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Are nutrient deficiencies inhibiting your SIBO healing?

Nutrient deficiencies are an epidemic in the SIBO world. The connection is recognized, but many times unaddressed. Instead, the focus is on clearing and starving the SIBO and less on ensuring optimal nutrient status. And yes, you do need to clear the SIBO to be able to digest and absorb nutrients properly. But, addressing nutrient status is still critical for healing. There are three main reasons those with SIBO can start to become deficient in many nutrients. First, the SIBO…

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Two new studies show that Low FODMAP or low fiber diets might not be the best solution for SIBO/IBS

The Low FODMAP and other low fermentable fiber diets are often considered the go to approaches for SIBO and IBS sufferers. The theory behind the low FODMAP diet is to reduce fermentable fibers that gut bacteria can eat. High FODMAP foods are fermented in the gut and this breakdown of fiber can cause increases in gas production that can lead to symptoms seen in IBS and SIBO. But while these diets may help reduce symptoms at first, they should not…

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10 Tips for Food Reintroduction

It can feel overwhelming to reintroduce foods you have avoided for months and sometimes even years. Mentally, you may worry that you are going to react when you add in a former trigger food. Physically, you may experience symptoms when you try to add foods back in. These hurdles can leave you feeling stuck on a restrictive diet that comes with its own stresses and may not be supplying you with the nutrients that you need. As my grandma always…

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The Histamine and SIBO connection

Histamine intolerance is really common in SIBO sufferers. Histamine is a chemical released by our body’s immune system in response to an injury, infection or foreign substance in the body. Histamine kicks off an inflammatory response that helps increase blood flow and white blood cells to infected or injured areas of the body. When your immune system is functioning optimally, histamine can be helpful. But, histamine becomes a problem child when your immune system becomes dysregulated. A good example of…

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