Have you ever been asked if you’re pregnant… when in reality you just had a ‘food baby’?
‘Food babies’ are all too common for people suffering with SIBO.
It’s no secret that SIBO can be hard to beat.
However, I believe that with the right approach, you can get to the point where you stop worrying 24/7 about what to eat.
If you do these 10 things, you’ll be on your way to victory!
1- CHOOSE THE RIGHT ANTIBIOTIC / ANTI-MICROBIAL!
You can choose to address the overgrowth of bacteria with either antibiotics or herbal anti-microbial. Both have proven to have very similar efficacy in research studies. However, if choosing to treat with antibiotics, make sure you use a SIBO specific antibiotic, such as Rifaximin.
You’ll also have to make sure you take the right treatment for your type of SIBO – Hydrogen, methane or hydrogen sulfide.
We love Neem Plus (included in our SIBO KIT) which is one of the antimicrobial recommended by Dr Allison Siebecker, SIBO expert. It’s really effective yet gentler than some of the other treatments often recommend for SIBO, and it’s good for all type of SIBO, win-win.
For SIBO METHANE, we love:
- Biogaia Protectis a probiotic specifically researched to reduce methane production. It works amazingly for many people to improve bowel movement.
- Atrantil: a mix of three active botanicals specifically designed to control gas production in the gut. It’s especially effective for people with Methane SIBO (aka IMO), and supports immediate symptom relief and long term treatment.
We’ve included both as well as Neem Plus in our SIBO METHANE KIT
2- STIMULATE YOUR MIGRATING MOTOR COMPLEX
The Migrating Motor Complex (MMC) works in between meals, usually 3-4 hours after eating. Its role is to clean up your small intestine of debris and bacteria. The MMC is very often dysfunctional in people with SIBO, and it’s one of the most common causes of relapse!
Steps to improve motility should be taken during or immediately after treatment.
There are a few ways to stimulate the migrating motor complex to do its job. Here are my top 3:
1- Take a prokinetic.
Prokinetics are herbs or pharmaceutical agents to help stimulate motility. Here are a few options:
- Iberogast (available over the counter)
- Low dose erythromycin
- Low dose naltrexone
2- Fast for at least 4 hours between meals.
3- Transcutaneous Auricular Vagus Nerve Stimulation, or TaVNS.
This is a pretty cool therapy which involves stimulating the Vagus Nerve via electrical stimulation of the inside of the ear with a TENS machine. The vagus nerve activates your parasympathetic system, also called ‘rest & digest‘. TaVNS has shown to be effective at stimulating the MMC.
If you’re interested in trying it, CHECK OUT OUR TENS MACHINE FOR TAVNS HERE
3- FOLLOW A ‘SIBO DIET’ FOR AT LEAST 3 MONTHS POST-TREATMENT
It can be confusing to figure out which diet to follow as there are so many options. Here’s a few examples:
- Low FODMAP diet
- SIBO biphasic diet (by Dr Nirala Jacobi)
- SCD diet
- Dr Sieberker’s diet (a combination of SCD and low FODMAP)
- Fast track diet
These are all good options. However, It’s important to know that there is No-One-Size-Fits-All diet when it comes to SIBO (and everybody for that matter), and it’s necessary to make adjustments to any diet you choose to follow.
To make it easier for you, we’ve created the SIBO 4-Week Challenge, which includes 35+ low FODMAP, gluten free, grain-free and refined sugar free recipes in an easy to follow done for you 4-week meal plan.
4- ADDRESS FOOD SENSITIVITIES / LEAKY GUT
A lot of the common diets recommended for SIBO are loaded with eggs, tomatoes, nuts, etc, which are common food triggers. About 50% of people with SIBO also have a leaky gut, which greatly increases the chance of developing food sensitivities. If you keep eating the foods that you’re sensitive to, you’re continuously causing inflammation in your body, exhausting your immune system, causing fatigue, etc.
In our SIBO 4-Week Challenge, we take you through a mini-elimination process to help you figure out your food sensitivities and find your very own ideal diet.
5- IMPROVE ADRENAL & LIVER FUNCTION
This can make such a big difference. First, it will increase your energy. It will also help you tolerate your ‘sibo protocol’ better, with way less side effects – aka the dreaded die-off.
6- ADDRESS BIOFILM
Biofilm is a bit like a shelter for bacteria and other bugs to hide. Biofilm busters help break these down, making your treatment more effective and potentially reducing your chance of a relapse.
7- TAKE A GOOD BINDER
Many people suffer from severe die-off reactions while treating SIBO due to the release of toxins as you ‘kill’ the bacteria. Taking a good binder will greatly reduce die-off symptoms and help you tolerate the higher dosages of anti-microbial necessary to truly address the overgrowth of bacteria in your small intestine.
We’ve included Biotoxin Binder in our SIBO kit as it’s specifically designed to bind byproducts from bacteria, parasites, yeast, fungi, and viruses. As a bonus, it will also bind the mycotoxins from mould (did you know that mould is actually a cause of SIBO?)
If you tend to get constipated with binders, I highly recommend trying Carboxy... the only binder I’ve ever taken that didn’t cause constipation, and that’s been the experience for many of my clients too.
8- TAKE A GOOD DIGESTIVE ENZYME
Many people with SIBO lack the digestive enzymes to properly digest their food. This means that there is more undigested food for the bacteria to ferment, causing more gas, bloating, belching, reflux, etc. Foods high in FODMAPs are especially problematic, which is why we’ve included ‘FODMATE‘ in our SIBO KITS, a digestive enzyme specifically designed to help with the digestion of high FODMAP food.
9- GET OUT OF FLIGHT OR FLIGHT
When you’re constantly in a state of fight or flight, you’re in survival mode, which means that your autonomic nervous system functions, like digesting your food properly, are not functioning optimally.
Practising yoga and meditation are some of the best ways to help you calm your nervous system down in get into ‘rest and digest’.
TaVNS (mentioned in #2) also helps with this, especially if you’re ‘stuck’ in fight or flight or have a history of PTSD or other trauma.
10- ADDRESS ANY CONTRIBUTING CONDITIONS
Just the name a few… issues with the ileao-cecal valve, hypothyroidism, abdominal adhesions, mould illness/CIRS, etc We cover all of these in our Happy Gut At-Home Program.
Wow, that was a lot! Congratulations for reading to the end.