IBS & SIBO Intestinal Treatment Q & A
What are irritable bowel syndrome and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth?
IBS is a chronic disorder of the large intestine that causes pain and digestion problems. New research has shown that more than 50% of people diagnosed with IBS have SIBO as the underlying cause. The abdominal distress can limit your activities and diminish your quality of life.
IBS and SIBO may be accompanied by symptoms such as:
- Heartburn and acid reflux
- Abdominal pain
- Mucus in the stool
- Gas, bloating and GI upset soon after eating
These gastrointestinal (GI) troubles may also be at the root of issues such as brain fog and depression.
What causes IBS and SIBO?
Scientists aren’t sure what causes IBS and SIBO, but intestinal contractions seem to play a role, either by being too strong or too weak. Researchers have found the following common triggers for people with IBS and SIBO:
- Foods: certain foods irritate the digestive system
- Stress: symptoms seem to flare up during stressful times
- Hormones: symptoms sometimes coincide with a woman’s menstrual cycle
- Illness: infectious diarrhea and bacterial overgrowth bring on symptoms
What is your treatment approach?
Treatment at the Sklar Center for Restorative Health involves treating the underlying cause of your GI issues. After performing a physical exam and recording your medical history, the Sklar Center Team:
- Evaluates your specific food intolerances
- Tests your GI function
- Assesses nutrient absorption
- Tests for parasites and bacteria that can cause imbalances in your system
- Tests for presence of SIBO causing bacteria
From your results, our team can provide dietary and lifestyle guidance to help treat your condition. We can recommend herbs and supplements, customized to your body, to support a healthy GI system. Our patients have gotten great results through digestive enzymes, probiotics, and food elimination.
You may need multiple treatment approaches to tackle IBS, and there’s a lot you can do at home. Stress management techniques, exercise, and dietary tweaks are paramount for symptom management.
If a supplement or a particular food isn’t working, our team can help you make any necessary adjustments along the way. We also create a support system around you, taking a personal interest in your results and using an open communication approach.
If you have IBS or SIBO and you’re ready to take control of your stomach issues, call or use the online booking option to set up a consultation.