A Letter to Friends and Family

Hello SIBO friends! I wanted to create a letter that could be shared with loved ones to help them understand what SIBO is and how they can best help us through our healing journeys.  Dear Family and Friends, As you probably already know, I have gut problems. I am actually battling a particular gut problem called small intestinal bacterial overgrowth or SIBO. While it may have a cute acronym, there is nothing cute about SIBO. Let me get you up…

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My 10 Biggest SIBO Treatment Mistakes

Looking back at my SIBO journey, I cringe thinking about some of the big mistakes I made. Luckily, I was determined to beat SIBO, so eventually I found my way! I wanted to share my biggest mistakes to prevent any of my fellow SIBO sufferers from repeating my same mistakes. Lets dive right in! 1. Restricting too many foods In the initial phases of treatment, I mistakenly thought that clearing the SIBO required me to starve the bacteria! I hopped…

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I was interviewed and we talked all about SIBO!!

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Sarah Hornsby, an awesome myofunctional therapist, about SIBO and gut health! We took a deep dive into SIBO during my interview! Here are the questions and topics that we cover: What is SIBO? And how it effects digestion? What is my SIBO story and how I figured out that I had it? The two biggest mistakes I made when treating SIBO? (I see so many others making these same mistakes!) How to…

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How myofunctional therapy could help repair your brain-gut axis?

This past week I had the pleasure of sitting down with Sarah Hornsby, a myofunctional therapist who helps patients all over the world with dysfunctional mouth and swallowing issues. Our goal was to shed some light on how myofunctional issues such as mouth breathing (even at night), dysfunctional swallowing patterns and improper tongue positioning could be exacerbating or even be the root of your GI issues. In the SIBO world, the brain-gut axis is almost always disturbed. MMC deficiency and…

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The SIBO Candida Connection (with 7 Tips on treating SIBO with Candida)

When I first began my healing journey, I suspected that I had candida. I took a deep dive into the candida diet world and came out with an “all carbohydrates are the enemy” mentality. But when I went to my first functional medicine practitioner, he told me my symptoms were much more likely a result of bacteria and not yeast. After my SIBO diagnosis, I put candida on the back burner. Because if I had SIBO, I couldn’t possibly have…

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Are prebiotics helpful for SIBO?

Prebiotics are often given a bad wrap in the SIBO sphere! If you have an overgrowth of bacteria, the last thing you would want to do is feed those bacteria with prebiotics, right? If SIBO was truly a bacterial problem, then I think avoidance of prebiotics through all stages of treatment may be your best bet. But, SIBO is not solely a bacterial problem. The bacterial overgrowth is a symptom of a much bigger problem. It takes truly understanding the…

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5 Tips to Survive the Holidays with SIBO

I feel like I should have written this post before Thanksgiving, but better late than never. The holidays can be such a stressful and isolating time when you are in the midst of treating your SIBO. I remember when my symptoms were at their worst, holidays were a real battle. Not only did I have to give up all my favorite holiday treats, I had to answer the never ending stream of comments and questions fired at me by family…

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FMT Update # 2

Ever since my FMT post, I have received an endless stream of messages wanting to know how the heck I am doing! So, I apologize for not doing this sooner and leaving you all waiting with baited breath. It has been 10 months since my last FMT treatment! My gut symptoms have improved about 60-75%. I do get some bloating and abdominal pain occasionally , but not nearly as bad as I used to. I honestly think that my remaining…

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Why you shouldn’t ignore weight loss during SIBO treatment?

During my SIBO journey, managing my weight was a monumental task. I had a very rapid and scary weight loss of about 25 pounds in a 4-month period. And I was at a healthy weight before the loss so I looked and felt quite emaciated when I reached my lowest weight. What was even scarier than my severe weight loss was how others perceived my weight loss. There were 3 main reactions that were all detrimental to my healing journey.…

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Is your SIBO diet too restrictive? Or not restrictive enough?

There was nothing that made me want to pull my own hair out more than trying to decide on what diet to follow during SIBO treatment. It seemed like many of the popular SIBO diets contradicted each other. I latched on to the popular notion that the more I could starve the bacteria the faster I would beat the SIBO. So, I religiously followed a low carb SCD/FODMAP combo for 4 months. It seemed like my whole life revolved around avoiding…

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