SIBO stands for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. There should not be lots of bacteria in the small intestine in contrary to the large intestine, which is the "house" of bacteria beneficial to us.
Sometimes, bacteria from the large intestine overgrow into the small intestine and the problems develop.
If You develop SIBO, then it can lead to more problems like intestinal permeability, which only makes the autoimmune reaction of Your organism worse.
What's more, conditions like IBS, hypothyroidism, diabetes, Crohn's disease, fibromyalgia and many others are frequently linked to SIBO development.
What are the most common symptoms of SIBO?
Acid Reflux or heartburn
Abdominal pain or discomfort
What are the signs and blood work indications You may be suffering from SIBO?
Chronically low ferritin or iron with no other cause.
Being celiac or gluten intolerant and not having symptoms resolution on the 100% gluten-free diet.
You notice that eating lots of fibre only worsens Your constipation.
You notice an improvement of IBS symptoms after using antibiotics.
How to test for SIBO?
By SIBO breath test.
But let's go back to SIBO and Hashimoto's, how does it work?
Well, SIBO can be a root cause or triggering factor of Hashimoto's.
In many cases, thyroid antibodies can be reduced or treated by targeting and treating SIBO.
What type of bacteria causes SIBO?
Very often it's caused by Streptococcus.
What are the risks of developing SIBO?
Low stomach acid (most important for thyroid patients!)
Irritable bowel syndrome
Liver cirrhosis, chronic pancreatitis, or renal failure.