The SIBO-Skin Connection: How an imbalanced gut is causing your skin problems

When my SIBO was at its worst, my skin was a complete DISASTER! I had horrible chronic cystic acne around my chin and mouth. To make matters worse, I also had very delayed healing. I knew if a new blemish popped up that it was going to stick around for a while. My skin also became very dry and sensitive to soaps/lotions. Pre-gut issues I had very normal skin and only had the occasional blemish that would go away in…

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Got Die-Off? What it really means and how to avoid it!

Many of my clients report “die off” reactions to antimicrobials or even probiotics. Die off or herxheimer reactions are nasty flu like symptoms that you can experience when large numbers of microbes are killed off. When microbes die, they can bust apart and leave your system overloaded with microbial toxins and byproducts that can make you feel worse when you start treating the overgrowth. Many SIBO sufferers celebrate their die-off reactions because they believe it means that they are effectively…

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Are food fears preventing your progress?

I remember when I used to legitimately think that eating even a couple Brussel sprouts would kill me! The fear that a little onion or garlic might slip into my meal at a restaurant would consume my thoughts when I should have been enjoying the company I was eating with. After being on a strict SIBO specific diet (Low FODMAP and SCD combo) for about 4 months, my relationship with food was completely broken. What I could and could not…

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How your poor gut health is driving your depression, anxiety and mood swings

I have noticed a very common thread while working with clients with gut issues. Most of my clients struggle with depression, anxiety and mood swings. This connection is not a coincidence. I personally was depressed on and off during the peak of my gut issues. I was weepy and apathetic. My world felt like it was falling apart. I also felt very quick to anger as well. The connection between your mental health and the gut is well known even…

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8 Tips For Improving MMC function

I recently wrote an article about what activities inhibit MMC function and I wanted to build on that article by covering what activities will improve MMC function. Migrating motor complex deficiency is seen in 70% of patients who have SIBO. This deficiency in MMC activity creates an environment in the small intestines that is ripe for an overgrowth. High relapse rates in many SIBO patients can be a result of failing to address MMC deficiency. No amount of herbs or…

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Are probiotics for SIBO harmful or helpful? (an update)

Whether probiotics are helpful for SIBO is arguably the most debated subject in the SIBO world. Some practitioners say probiotics just add fuel to the fire while others say that probiotics are crucial to restoring balance in the GI tract and preventing SIBO relapse. This constant argument between the pro-probiotic camp and anti-probiotic camp made my head spin during my own SIBO journey. Initially, I remember being terrified of probiotics. I was not going to add fuel to the fire.…

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Why physical activity is crucial to beating SIBO?

There are so many factors to consider when you are treating your SIBO. From antimicrobial protocols to dietary restriction to vagus nerve exercises, it can be a lot to juggle. One factor that is often lost in the sauce is physical activity. Modern life with our desk jobs and Netflix binge sessions (guilty) can leave us sedentary for most of the day. When I was deep in the midst of my SIBO, I was always a little frightened of physical…

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Will cheating on your SIBO diet prevent you from healing?

When you have gut issues, dietary adjustments are often a pivotal part of healing and symptom management. The standard American diet is highly refined, inflammatory and low in fermentable fibers. These factors make the SAD disastrous on the gut. Shifting to an anti-inflammatory, whole foods, nutrient dense diet is a necessary step to repairing and rebuilding your gut. Many sufferers have to also avoid their triggers to help manage their symptoms and promote healing. Lots of SIBO sufferers avoid fermentable…

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Is Under-Eating Sabotaging your SIBO recovery?

During my SIBO journey, I failed to adequately nourish my body. The fear of feeding the SIBO caused me to unintentional under eat. When I transitioned to a lower carb whole foods diet, I also didn’t understand how much I needed to up my fat intake to meet my needs. I also wasn’t digesting and absorbing properly due to the gut inflammation and imbalance. The under-eating and the poor absorption resulted in uncontrollable weight loss. I felt weak and depleted.…

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7 Tips to Break Through Mental Roadblocks during SIBO Treatment

With SIBO, the focus of treatment is to remove the bacteria and fix the breakdowns in your gut function to prevent relapse. The healing process requires addressing these physical breakdowns, but a positive mindset is also an overlooked and crucial piece to this process. The ups and downs of the healing process can often do a number on your mental well being. My healing journey was quite bumpy and I often took one step forward only to take two steps…

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