Stomach Acid, PPIs and SIBO….what’s the link?

I am always surprised that stomach acid is not addressed in many popular SIBO protocols. Many SIBO sufferers experience the uncomfortable stomach pain, heartburn and GERD that are the trademarks of stomach acid imbalance. If you go to a conventional doctor with these complaints, they will almost universally instruct you to take measures to lower stomach acid. They will tell you to avoid acidic foods and/or take a PPI/acid blocker. (PPI stands for Proton Pump Inhibitor). Not only do these acid lowering recommendations…

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Antibiotics for SIBO….Helpful or Harmful?

Most of us with SIBO have had a long and tumultuous relationship with antibiotics. I had a recalcitrant ear infection as a one year old, which required round after round of microbiome busting antibiotics. Not to mention the spoonfuls of fun bubblegum flavored antibiotics that I continuously guzzled down throughout my childhood. I am convinced that the over consumption of antibiotics prescribed by my well meaning, but oblivious, doctors played a pivotal role in the development of my gut problems.…

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Why I don’t believe in SIBO diets…

  When I first got diagnosed with SIBO, my practitioner put me on the extremely restrictive Low FODMAP/SCD combination that seems to be the go to protocol by many in the SIBO community. I was on the diet for about 4 months in conjunction with herbal and antibiotic treatment. Although I was following the diet to a tee, my health continued to deteriorate. I struggled to maintain my weight, my gut symptoms were even worse than before and my hormones…

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How ignoring your thyroid could be derailing your SIBO recovery….

After spending a lot of time interacting with the SIBO community and through my own experience and research, I think many practitioners and SIBO sufferers fail to recognize the importance of a healthy thyroid during SIBO treatment. The thyroid is a butterfly shaped organ that produces hormones that are used by virtually every cell in the body. These thyroid hormones are in charge of our bodies metabolism; which means they determine how we utilize the calories that we eat. Here is…

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Probiotics….Friend or Foe?

Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth is a hot topic in the functional medicine world.  SIBO can be defined as an increase in the number or the type of bacteria in the small intestine leading to many unpleasant GI symptoms like bloating, abdominal pain, constipation and diarrhea [i] Opinions on how to effectively treat SIBO seem to differ widely among practitioners. When I was diagnosed with a mild case of SIBO, I dove head first into the online SIBO communities and the…

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