Causes of SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth)

Welcome to part 2 in our series on small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). If you have any ongoing gut disturbances—bloating, pain, excess gas, constipation or diarrhoea, then this article will be of interest to you.

The causes of SIBO are varied. They can be related to conditions and diseases that alter the function of the intestinal muscles, or partially block the intestine. SIBO can also be caused by bacterial gastroenteritis. A healthy gut requires good motility and the correct balance of bacteria.

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What is nutritional assessment?

When I first meet with people to discuss improved health and wellbeing, they just want to know, “what can I eat?” A nutritional assessment is required to make the most appropriate recommendations for eating and lifestyle choices.

How can we know what to eat, if we don’t know our requirements? As an accredited practising dietitian and founder of Eating for You, this is the first rule, “know yourself”.

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What is Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)?

Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a great example of why it is important to know your gut. We can often make excuses for slight changes in our digestive function—bloating, irregular bowl movements or fluctuations in appetite. But if these continue long term, there can be serious health consequences.

Defining small intestinal bacterial overgrowth

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