We take a progressive, full-body approach to IBS and SIBO, targeting the underlying cause rather than the symptoms. The team at the Sklar Center for Restorative Medicine in Long Beach, California, focuses on the whole person in treating IBS and SIBO. Call or go online to schedule an appointment.
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. Conventional medicine says the cause is unknown. We do cutting edge testing that often shows the cause. On the other hand, the cause of SIBO is the bacteria from other parts of your digestive tract that invade your small intestine.
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.
The symptoms of IBS and SIBO are:
- Heartburn and acid reflux
- Abdominal pain
- Mucus in the stool
- Gas, bloating and GI upset soon after eating
Researchers have found the gut and the brain are connected. These gastrointestinal (GI) troubles may also be at the root of issues such as brain fog and depression.
What Causes IBS And SIBO Symptoms?
Scientists think 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 Our 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 supply 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. Also, there’s a lot you can do at home. Stress reduction techniques, exercise, and dietary changes are vital for controlling symptoms.
If you have IBS or SIBO or any digestive symptoms and you’re ready to take control of your stomach issues, call or use the online booking option to set up a consultation.