April 14, 2021
#36: SIBO Made Simple

In this episode

  • Sophie & Phoebe’s Journey’s with SIBO
  • What is SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth)
  • What causes SIBO
  • The treatment options for SIBO
  • Going Beyond SIBO (what happens after treatment)

Episode Summary

Why won’t my IBS go away? Well it could be SIBO, in fact 60% of IBS is caused by SIBO but what is SIBO?
SIBO or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth is pretty trendy these days but many people don’t know how it occurs or how to recover from it. In this episode we discuss the what, the how and the practicalities of SIBO healing. If you are bloated, filled with gas, brain fog, join pain, inflammation, mood irregularities and either rapid weight loss or weight gain, these could all be symptoms of SIBO.

Our guest expert on SIBO is Phoebe Lapine, food and health writer, gluten-free chef, speaker, and the voice behind the award-winning blog Feed Me Phoebe. Phoebe has been writing about her health struggles for years, including her fight to overcome Hashimoto’s. Thankfully for the rest of us, she turned her SIBO diagnosis in 2017 into ammunition for an incredible new book SIBOMadeSimple. Pick up a copy at SIBOMadeSimple.com & be sure to check out her interview on the SHE Talks Health Podcast where we discuss the ins and outs of SIBO.

In this episode we discuss, how SIBO is a symptom not a disease and the symptom of SIBO is when bacteria grows in the Small Intestine that should be growing in the large intestine or not at all. There are many reasons why this can occur and we bucket them into a few categories:

  • Structural (adhesions & surgeries)
  • Proper function of the Digestive Enzymes, Stomach Acid & Bile
  • The health of our Digestive Function from the Migrating Motor Complex
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Food Poisoning
  • Mental/Emotional Stress that disrupts the vagus nerve

We also discuss three 3 main treatment options:

  • Elemental Diet
  • Antimicrobial Herbs
  • Antibiotics
  • when and why someone might choose one over the other.

We discussed what both Phoebe and I did to heal our SIBO and how our diagnosis of Hashimoto’s as well as stressed played into our SIBO development

And we closed our discussion with some general SIBO hacks for life after treatment.

Do you think you have SIBO? Leave a comment below or DM me on IG @shetalkshealth

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