SIBO Diet Tips

If you struggle with IBS symptoms such as gas, bloating, constipation, and/or diarrhea, then you may have a condition known as small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, or SIBO.

We discussed the link between SIBO and metabolism in Monday’s video. Click here to watch.

Today we’ll discuss an effective diet protocol to help manage and reduce the symptoms of SIBO. We’ll also discuss the best test for SIBO.

If you need help diagnosing and treating SIBO, click here

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SIBO Diet Tips

Today we’ll discuss an effective diet protocol to help manage and reduce the symptoms of SIBO. We’ll also discuss the best test for SIBO.

Several different diets are recommended for digestive problems. When it comes to SIBO, the low FODMAP diet has proven to be a very effective option. Many people with SIBO who start a low FODMAP diet notice symptom improvement soon after starting.

FODMAP refers to a group of sugars and starches that are highly fermentable. Generally, foods high in FODMAPs are healthy because they feed the bacteria in the colon. However, if you have SIBO, then bacteria from the colon has migrated up to the small intestine, which is causing your symptoms. In this case, high FODMAP foods will feed that bacteria and likely worsen your gas and bloating.

A low FODMAP diet excludes the following:

  • Gluten-containing grains
  • Certain sugars such as fructose and honey
  • Dairy foods that are high in lactose, such as milk, ice cream, and soft cheeses
  • Fruits such as apples, pears, and peaches
  • Vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, onions, and garlic
  • Nuts and seeds in moderate to large quantities
  • Beans/legumes

Animal protein and fats are naturally low in FODMAP.

If you think you may suffer from SIBO, consider trying this diet protocol and getting tested. The gold standard for diagnosing SIBO is a breath test that measures both hydrogen and methane gas levels.

If you need help diagnosing and treating SIBO, click here

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