Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth
Our gut is comprised of the small and large intestines. During the night and in between meals, your gut normally has a function called the migrating motor complex (MMC), which pushes gut bacteria down into the large intestines.
Typically, when there is a decreased function of the MMC, the bacteria can grow up into the small intestines where it doesn’t belong; here comes SIBO. The bacteria will eat what you eat, fermenting the food in the wrong area.
Gas, Bloating, Stomach pain or Cramping
Gas is caused by the fermentation of the food within the gut. With bacteria growing in the small intestine you may experience issues with pain and distention of the stomach area.
Diarrhea and/or constipation
Diarrhea is typically more common, but constipation could be an issue as well while the decreased bowel ability.
IBS or inflammatory bowel disease
Both bowel issues could be caused by in the influx and overgrowth of bacteria within the small intestine.
Food allergies and intolerances
A lot of people suffering with SIBO can have sensitivities to foods such as gluten, casein, lactose, fructose and more, which can cause an increase in other symptoms.
Chronic illness such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, neuromuscular disorders and autoimmune diseases can be triggered due to an epigenetic issue caused by the issues related to SIBO.