Don’t let your doctor tell you otherwise. You CAN get relief from Irritable Bowel Syndrome. There is an underlying cause to your suffering. It is called a syndrome because the medical establishment can’t visualize any abnormality of the tissues in your gastrointestinal tract. But that does not mean that there is no solution. Every patient is different and Irritable Bowel Syndrome can have a combination of causes. One of these causes that your doctor may not be aware of is SIBO.

SIBO stands for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. The problem in this condition is that there is an abnormally high amount of bacteria in the small intestine. When the bacteria are in the small intestine, they wreck havoc. This is why you feel so awful!  They munch on the foods that you’ve just eaten, some of which they like better than others. Then they produce gas in the small intestine, which gives you a bloated feeling. They cause you to have diarrhea or constipation, depending on the type of gas they are producing. And they also destroy the cells lining your gastrointestinal tract, making it harder for you to digest food because those cells contain digestive enzymes. Not only do they cause you pain and discomfort, but they prevent you from digesting your food!

How can you get you relief from the discomfort these bacteria are causing you? The first step is to test for the presence of them. It’s called the lactulose breath test. We will determine if there are bacteria present in the small intestine and what types of bacteria are there. Then we will eradicate those bugs that have been making you so uncomfortable, followed with a diet protocol that will keep them under control. Eventually we will work on healing the nerves in your gut so that there is proper movement of your intestines. This will help to keep the bacteria out of your small intestine and free from that horrible discomfort.

Perhaps you have heard of SIBO, have been treated and felt better, only to relapse into the same place you were before. Proper treatment involves healing the nerves, keeping the small intestine moving, and ensuring you have proper hydrochloric acid and other digestive enzyme production. Without that, your suffering is very likely to return. Many doctors don’t understand this and don’t include this in their treatment protocol. Make sure to find a doctor that is fully educated about SIBO and its proper treatment. And please know that you are not destined to suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome!