Are you wondering if you have SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth)? Symptoms of SIBO can overlap with symptoms of other digestive issues, making identifying it difficult.
So how can you tell if you have SIBO?
If there is bacterial overgrowth in your small intestine you will most likely have some of the following symptoms:
- excess flatulence
- bloating after eating
- abdominal discomfort
- disordered bowel movements (could be diarrhoea or constipation)
- You may have been given a diagnosis of IBS
Many clients who test positive for SIBO notice they are unable to tolerate a number of foods. Problem foods create abdominal discomfort and flatulence and so diets become more and more limited.
People with SIBO will comment on how bloated their stomach becomes throughout the day.
Other signs of SIBO can include:
- stools that float or are pale and greasy
- B12 deficiency
Stools tend to show signs of steatorrhea because a stagnant or low bile flow. This contributes to the development of SIBO and affects fat absorption. B12 deficiency can develop due to a lack of stomach acid secretions which activate the absorption of B12. A lack of or low levels of stomach acid often pre-disposes someone to developing SIBO. A history of antacid use or a course of proton pump inhibitors (acid blocking medication) can lead to developing SIBO. The acidity level of the contents of the stomach determine whether bacteria can thrive in the small intestine.