Is SIBO Causing Your IBS? Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) is the most common cause of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). In fact, recent studies suggest that 84% of people with IBS have SIBO. Sadly though, IBS is most often attributed to anxiety and managed with psychotherapy or antidepressants which seldom help.
At The Akasha Center, we can easily determine if you have SIBO and then address the root of your problems. If diagnosed with SIBO, we will personalize a holistic treatment plan for you that often includes special antibiotics, dietary recommendation, nutritional supplements, stress reduction and more. With proper treatment, your IBS and SIBO are curable!
Why Choose the Akasha Center for SIBO Testing and Treatment?
Personalized: We recognize that each SIBO case is different. Our doctors identify treatment options based on your unique situation in order to get you the best possible results.
Holistic: Our team provides treatments that address the root causes of your SIBO, not just the symptoms themselves.
Trusted: Our patients include moms, dads, families, professionals, small business owners – as well as Hollywood celebrities and athletes who are committed to staying healthy and vibrant.
“I’ve been going to the Akasha Center for four months and together we’ve been working to create a better, healthier lifestyle that works for my hectic schedule. By sticking to a strict diet and exercise plan, as well as natural remedies and herbal supplements, I’ve lost over 40 pounds. Through hard work and commitment to making this life change, I now have more energy and feel better than ever.” – Lee Daniels, Producer, Writer, Director
What Are The Most Common Signs and Symptoms of SIBO?
If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, you might have SIBO:
- Abdominal pain or cramping
- Diagnosis of Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Long term use of antibiotics
- Food intolerances such as gluten and lactose
- Diagnosis of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, rosacea, restless leg syndrome, and autoimmune diseases.
- History of food poisoning or parasites
How do I get started?
2. In-Office Doctor Consultation. Your doctor will review your SIBO test results with you to determine if you have SIBO and how best treat your condition.
3. Receive Treatment. If diagnosed with SIBO, your doctor will administer a personalized treatment plan that often includes special antibiotics, dietary guidelines and more.
4. Feel better. Implement your personalized treatment plan so that you can gain relief from your IBS symptoms, cure your SIBO and feel better.
IBS is short for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, a widespread condition involving recurrent abdominal pain and diarrhea or constipation, often associated with stress, depression, anxiety, or previous intestinal infection.
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Recent studies by Dr. Pimentel at Cedar Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles shows that:
- 84% of people diagnosed with IBS have SIBO
- Food poisoning is a common cause for SIBO
- Too much stress, hypothyroid, diabetes, stomach acid blockers, surgery and overconsumption of carbohydrates can also result in SIBO.
Despite these findings, IBS is most often contributed to simply stress or anxiety, which can be factors but do not appear to be the leading cause of IBS. Because IBS is attributed to often misattributed to mear anxiety, it is then treated with psychotherapy or antidepressants. Because the root cause of IBS is not addressed, these treatments seldom work.
Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) occurs when bacteria that normally grow in other parts of the gut start growing in the small intestine. That causes stomach pain, diarrhea and other symptoms commonly associated with IBS.
There are many factors that can lead to SIBO. Some of the most common causes include
- Food Poisoning
- Overconsumption of Carbohydrates
- Excessive stress
- Stomach Acid Blockers
SIBO is the result of changes in the composition of gut flora. Dysbiosis becomes established and symptoms develop secondary to the byproducts of bacterial digestion and reproduction. These byproducts then cause irritation of the intestinal mucosa which leads to activation of the immune system. Some of these immune cells start attacking components of the intestinal brush border, particularly the nervous system in the intestinal wall that controls the contractions that propel food down the intestines. The contractions then become altered allowing the bacteria to sit for longer periods of time in the gut, these allow them safe harbor to reproduce further altering the intestinal mucosa. Eventually, the bacteria migrate from the large intestine to the small intestine, they interfere with normal digestions and nutrient absorption. They also produce large amounts of gas that can further impair digestive function by causing bloating, distention of the intestinal wall and further impairment of the intestinal nervous system. All of these lead to the typical symptoms of IBS.
These digestive abnormalities can lead to leaky gut, which can trigger or exacerbate a variety of diagnoses like headaches, insomnia, body aches, fibromyalgia, rosacea and the like.
Eliminating the bacteria can end this vicious cycle.
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If you have or currently are suffering from any of these conditions than you are at greater risk of SIBO:
- Crohn’s disease
- Restless leg syndrome
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Interstitial cystitis
- Chronic prostatitis
- Fatty liver
Yes. In most cases, SIBO can be cured with special antibiotics and we often recommend additional treatments such as:
- Herbal Antibiotic Therapy
- Dietary Guidelines
- Nutritional Supplements
- Stress Reduction (Yoga, Meditation, Exercise)
First, we need to be sure that SIBO is the cause of your irritable bowel symptoms. To help determine if these treatments can cure your irritable bowel schedule a FREE Consultation now.
A medically and nutritionally supervised dietary regimen is important to maintaining adequate nutritional intake, correcting nutrient deficiencies (particularly B12 and fat-soluble vitamins), and maximizing adequate digestion. This prevents overfeeding the microbes which cause SIBO.
If diagnosed with SIBO, there are several dietary regimens that can help. We often recommend a hypoallergenic, anti-inflammatory and cleansing diet that is customized to each individual’s lifestyle, needs, and condition. The Specific Carbohydrate Diet, FODMAP diet and a combination of the two, among others. These diets seek to decrease the availability of complex carbohydrates to bacteria so they cannot reproduce.
To be effective a dietary regimen must be customized; there is no one “diet” that is perfect for everyone. We recommend eliminating all common food allergens from your diets such as dairy, eggs, wheat and night-shade vegetables first and will make additional recommendation beyond that.
Diet is also an important factor in curing SIBO because a number of patients cannot take antibiotics; others have previously received antibiotic treatment and wish to prevent recurrence.
To test for SIBO we use something called the Lactulose breath test. This breath test is simple, safe and an effective tool to diagnose SIBO. Test kits are available at the Akasha Center. You can either follow the instructions and do the test at home or have it done at Akasha if you need nursing support.
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At Akasha Center, we are dedicated to providing the best in Integrative Health. Our practitioners have a combined experience of over 80 years and have helped countless patients feel better through taking the time to better understand each patient as an individual. Be sure to learn more about our doctor’s who provide SIBO Testing and Treatment.
1. Dr. Edison de Mello, Akasha’s Gastrointestinal illness specialist, will make the proper antibiotic recommendation along with the integrative approach to SIBO including supplements and minerals.
2. Dr. Maggie Ney, Akasha’s Co-Director of The Women’s Clinic, provides a naturopathic approach to SIBO.
3. Dr. Jean-Marc Sobczyk, Our Genetic Testing and Toxins Expert can provide valuable insight into internal and environmental factors.
4. Dr. Yi Qiao, Akasha’s Traditional Chinese Medicine expert, will provide the much needed TCM approach to SIBO.