How do I fix my gut?
I think that SIBO is a failed term so I don’t talk about it too much, but that is what people seem to collectively agree to call it.
How is SIBO defined?
“SIBO is the acronym for “small intestinal bacterial overgrowth,” defined as excessive bacteria in the small intestine, or small bowel. While bacteria naturally occurs throughout the digestive tract, in a healthy system, the small intestine has relatively low levels of bacteria; it’s supposed to be at highest concentrations in the colon.
The small intestine is the longest section of the digestive tract. This is where the food intermingles with digestive juices, and the nutrients are absorbed into the bloodstream. If SIBO is indicated, malabsorption of nutrients, particularly fat-soluble vitamins and iron, can quickly become a problem.
Common symptoms include:
- Weight loss
- Joint pain
- Rosacea” Dr. Axe
By the time I typically see someone, they have been told they have SIBO and have been on a low FODMAP diet for quite a while. I usually equate that to slowly painting yourself into a corner. The less diversity for longer periods someone eats, the harder it is to bring foods back into the diet successfully.
Here we see that for proper barrier function and helping the immune system become better regulated, a person will need to eat cellulose… or fiber… or veggies… or whatever you want to call it.
To properly “fix the gut” it requires that we have lots of good bacteria that help us do some of the heavy lifting in this symbiotic relationship, but we want those bacteria in the right place.
If we are trying to starve out bacteria in the small intestine then logic dictates there won’t be enough fuel to maintain a healthy population in the large intestine, and thereby we won’t get all the goods those bacteria were supposed to make. Now the immune system sucks worse, and certain cells have trouble healing themselves and making mucus to protect our gut barrier.
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