SIBO is something Leah has dealt with, as a Naturopath and Nutritionist, Leah has a deep understanding of tummy issues and their impact on overall health.
She understands firsthand the frustration and discomfort that come with this condition. Through her personal experience and professional training, she has developed a deep understanding of its causes and treatment options.
This has enabled her to provide compassionate and effective care to her patients. Leah is dedicated to helping others overcome their digestive issues and improve their overall health and well-being.
SIBO - a naturopath and nutritionist perspective
SIBO is a condition with an abnormal increase in the number of bacteria in the small intestine. Normally, the small intestine is relatively free of bacteria, but in this scenario, there is a proliferation of bacteria that can cause various symptoms and health problems.
As a naturopath and nutritionist specialising in GUT health, I often see patients who are struggling with SIBO and are looking for natural ways to manage their symptoms. SIBO can be a challenging condition to treat. However, with the right approach, it is possible to manage the symptoms and get back to feeling your best.
One of the first steps in addressing SIBO is to identify and address the underlying causes. Some of the most common causes of SIBO include poor diet, stress, antibiotics, and digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). In order to effectively treat SIBO, it is important to identify and address these root causes.
The symptoms can vary from person to person, but some of the most common ones include:
- Abdominal pain
- Brain fog
- Joint pain
- Skin rashes
These symptoms can be frustrating and debilitating, and they can have a significant impact on your quality of life.
Causes of SIBO
- Antibiotic use
- Chronic stress
- Low stomach acid
- Poor diet
- Autoimmune conditions
- IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
If left untreated, these symptoms can lead to malnutrition, nutrient deficiencies, and other health problems.
What can you do for SIBO?
The first step in treating any condition is to get an accurate diagnosis. This usually involves a breath test that measures the amount of gas produced by the bacteria in your small intestine. Once SIBO is diagnosed, there are several treatment options available, including:
Antibiotics – Antibiotics are often prescribed to kill the excess bacteria in the small intestine. However, antibiotics can also disrupt the balance of beneficial bacteria in the gut, which can lead to other health problems.
Herbal remedies – Herbal remedies, such as oregano oil, berberine, and neem, can be effective at killing bacteria in the gut without disrupting the balance of beneficial bacteria.
Diet – A low FODMAP diet or personalised specific diet can be effective at reducing symptoms and preventing the proliferation of bacteria in the small intestine.
Probiotics – Probiotics can help to restore the balance of beneficial bacteria in the gut, which can help to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria.
Stress management – Chronic stress can contribute to digestive problems, so stress management techniques, such as meditation and deep breathing, can help reduce symptoms.
It is important to work with a qualified healthcare practitioner to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your individual needs and goals.
Prevention of SIBO
Prevention of SIBO involves addressing the underlying causes and :
- Managing stress
- Eating a healthy, whole-foods based diet that is rich in fiber and nutrients
- Avoiding processed foods, sugar, and refined carbohydrates
- Limiting or avoiding antibiotic use unless absolutely necessary
- Addressing underlying health conditions such as diabetes and autoimmune conditions