SIBO stands for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth and occurs when there is an imbalance of the gut flora. The digestive system is made up of a microbiome that consists of bacteria that aid with digestion, absorption, production and utilization of minerals, and overall health. Most of these beneficial bacteria are in the large intestine. SIBO occurs when there is a presence of excessive bacteria in the small intestine.
This leads to many concerns including changes in bowel movements (either constipation, diarrhea, or alternating between the two), malabsorption, weight loss, bloating, gas, body aches, brain fog, and various other concerns. SIBO is also called the great mimicker because it can have similar symptoms as other digestive concerns or chronic diseases like Lyme.
It is important to take an individualized and comprehensive approach to SIBO. We first assess through a breath test for high levels of hydrogen and/or methane. From there, your program will be tailored utilizing natural and pharmaceutical interventions along with dietary changes.
One aspect of SIBO that is vital to address is MMC (migrating motor complex). This occurs because of the ICV (ileocecal valve) dysfunction and neurological shutdown. This must be addressed for optimal results. We are different from many clinics because we can treat this through FSM (frequency specific microcurrent) and LLLT (low level laser therapy). This helps to reset the ICV and a component of the nervous system called the Vagus Nerve that is necessary for treating the MMC.
The final part of our SIBO program focused on restoring the proper function and integrity of the digestive system. This is important to make sure that optimal function and structure is restored.