EIGHT TIPS FOR EATING HEALTHY IN THE NEW YEAR

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  1. Read the label before buying anything. The best indicators of how highly processed a food is can actually be found in the list of ingredients. If what you are buying contains more than 5 ingredients and includes a lot of unfamiliar, unpronounceable items you should reconsider before buying. Avoid packaged and processed foods – don’t buy anything in a box, bag or can.
  1. Eliminate partially hydrogenated oils and trans fats from your diet. These have no nutritional value and serve no purpose other than to derail your health.  Keep in mind that certain products that actually contain trans fat (like the chocolate chip cookie dough you can buy pre-made) can get away with listing 0 grams of trans fat on the label as long as the amount per serving is under 1 gram.  Don’t be fooled!
  1. Don’t use coupons! Yep, you heard me…. cheap food is usually just that, cheap!  When was the last time you saw a coupon for an organic avocado?  That majority of coupons are distributed for big box manufacturers, like Kraft and Kellogg so you’ll often be forced into buying boxed, packaged and highly processed food thinking you’re saving money.  Just don’t!  Instead buy from local farmers or in bulk and you still save money and avoid those “deals” that are detrimental to your health.  If you do happen to find the rare coupon for whole food items, by all means use them!
  1. Avoid eating at fast food restaurants. Instead plan ahead and bring a home-cooked meal or healthy whole food snack with you. Learn to cook at home with real whole food ingredients. If you really want to be in optimal shape and your best health in 2016, there is just no getting around the fact that you must learn to prepare food at home- and don’t be fooled, it’s not always expensive to cook and eat healthy.
  1. Dump the sugar and high starchy foods (crackers, potatoes, rice, scones, cookies, etc.). Sugar is the most inflammatory thing that we consume and most of us consume far too much.  Recent studies showed sugar addiction can be a more powerful stimulator of dopamine reward pathways than cocaine!  While it’s hard at first, going through a sugar detox will free you from the need to eat every hour or two to keep blood sugar stable and will give you mastery and control over your food choices since you’re not following cravings.
  1. Use healthy low-glycemic fruits to satisfy sweet cravings. You can make some delicious desserts in a healthy way to satisfy a sweet craving. Some of your best options are fresh or frozen organic berries, green apples, or a fresh fig. Try a recipes for Chocolate Avocado Pudding and No Bake Vitality Treats if you need a start.
  1. Eat 4-5 servings of non-starchy vegetables daily. Best bets are cruciferous vegetables, like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and leafy greens.  If you don’t like them steamed, broiled or raw, try a green smoothie drink with lots of spinach or kale – it’s delicious!  Be sure to add fiber, too, like chia seed, psyllium or flax to your meals, smoothies, veggies.  Fiber is filling, good for healthy bowel function and aids in producing short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) to feed your good bacteria.
  1. “Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself,” to quote Michael Pollan. If you have to peel, chop and deep fry potatoes every time you wanted French fries then you might not eat them very often. Eating “junk food” such as cakes, sweets, and fried foods only as often as you are willing to make them yourself will automatically reduce your consumption.

CANCER- ARE YOU AT RISK?

According to the National Cancer Institute, in 2015, an estimated 1,658,370 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States and 589,430 people will die from the disease.

The American Cancer society reports that much of the suffering and death from cancer could be prevented by more systematic efforts to reduce tobacco use, improve diet and physical activity, reduce obesity, and expand the use of established screening tests. In addition to these means to avoid cancer, regular use of some established screening tests can prevent the development of cancer through identification and removal or treatment of premalignant abnormalities; screening tests can also improve survival and decrease mortality by detecting cancer at an early stage when treatment is more effective.
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HOW TO KICK YOUR SUGAR CRAVINGS IN ONE WEEK

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Refined sugar is unbelievably addictive. Research has found that sugar stimulates receptors to activate the same pathways that are stimulated directly by drugs such as heroin or morphine. The Journal of Psychoactive Drugs stated in a study published in 2010 that ‘Sugar addiction” follows the same pathways in the brain that a habit-forming drug does. Sugar addiction is a difficult habit to break for many people, especially when the body and digestive tract become so overrun with yeast, candida, parasites and other sugar-loving bacteria that not eating sugar triggers intense withdrawal symptoms.

***Fortunately, you can beat sugar addiction using natural tools such as peppermint essential oil***

There have been studies done to show that peppermint has the ability to directly affect the brain’s satiety center, which triggers a sensation of fullness after meals. It was found that inhaling peppermint can directly affect your brain’s satiety center, the ventro-medial nucleus of the hypothalamus.
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How to Use Peppermint Essential Oil

  • You can also use a dif
    fuser and inhale deeply as cravings come on. Applying
    peppermint essential oil to the feet also helps.
  • Apply several drops (2-4) with a carrier on location, abdomen and temples
  • Mix 2 drops of coconut oil with 2 drops of peppermint essential oil. Apply the mixture down the inside center of your wrists. Do it every morning and evening.
  • Directly inhale or diffuse

10 WAYS YOU ARE MAKING YOUR VEGGIES LESS NUTRITIOUS

In order to maximize the nutrition in your produce, be sure to be aware of these common habits that may make your food less nutritious

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  1. Always Choosing Raw Tomatoes
  • Lycopene — a carotenoid antioxidant that gives fruits and vegetables like tomatoes and watermelon a pink or red color — is one nutrient you’ll want to be sure you’re getting enough of. Lycopene’s antioxidant activity has long been suggested to be more powerful than other carotenoids such as beta-carotene, and research has even revealed it may significantly reduce your stroke risk (while other antioxidants did not).
  • Lycopene has been shown to have potential anti-cancerous activity, likely due to its antioxidant properties. Studies have shown that people with a diet high in lycopene from tomato-based foods have a lower risk of certain cancers, particularly prostate cancer.
  • However, lycopene is one example of a nutrient that becomes more bioavailable when it’s cooked. Research shows that cooking tomatoes (such as in tomato sauce or tomato paste) increases the lycopene content that can be absorbed by your body.
  • When tomatoes are cooked/heated it also increases the total antioxidant activity.

So while tomatoes are healthy to consume raw, it’s also wise to consume them cooked as well. You could try a cooked salsa or make your own tomato sauce at home… if you opt for a store-bought variety, make sure it comes in a jar, not a can.

**You’re best off avoiding canned tomatoes and tomato sauces, as can liners tend to contain potent estrogen mimics such as bisphenol A (BPA), which is a toxic endocrine-disrupting chemical.**

  1. Storing Your Lettuce Wrong
  • Do you store your lettuce leaves whole? You may be better off tearing them before storing them in your refrigerator. When lettuce leaves are torn, a boost of protective phytonutrients are produced.
  • As long as you eat the lettuce within a couple of days, you’ll be able to take advantage of this extra phytonutrient content in the torn lettuce.
  1. Boiling Your Vegetables

Do you boil vegetables like spinach? This allows valuable nutrients like vitamin C to leach out into the water. The different in nutrient content can be dramatic before and after boiling.

***For instance, after 10 minutes of boiling, three-quarters of the phytonutrients in spinach will be lost to the cooking water. While this isn’t as much of an issue if you’re making soup, in which you’ll be consuming the water along with the nutrients, if you’re looking to prepare a vegetable only, you’re better off steaming or lightly sautéing.***

 

  1. Eating Salad with Fat-Free Dressing

One of the most important toppings on any salad is the dressing, and here you’ll want to avoid most store-bought brands, especially those that are fat-free. When fat is removed from a food product, it’s usually replaced by sugar/fructose in order to taste good, and this is a recipe for poor health. Excess fructose in your diet drives insulin and leptin resistance, which are at the heart of not only diabetes but most other chronic diseases as well.

  • Some nutrients and antioxidants are fat-soluble, which means you must eat them with fat to properly absorb them. Using a dressing that contains healthy fats helps you ensure maximum nutrient absorption from your salad.
  • If you prefer to dress your salad only with vinegar, you can still achieve this fat-absorbing effect by adding other healthy additions like avocado or poached eggs. When men added 1.5 to 3 eggs to their salads, they increased their absorption of lutein and zeaxanthin by four to five-fold.6
  • Other carotenoids, including beta-carotene and lutein, increased three to eight-fold compared to the no-egg salad.
  1. Cooking Garlic Without Letting It Rest

Garlic contains the precursors to allicin, which is one of the most potent antioxidants from the plant kingdom. Garlic has a robust defense system to protect itself from insects and fungi. It enzymatically produces allicin within seconds when it is injured. The crushing of its tissues causes a chemical reaction between the alliin and the allinase, and allicin is produced—nature’s “insecticide.” This is what makes garlic such a potent anti-infective, as well as what produces that pungent aroma when you cut into it. Allicin is quickly deactivated by heat. Just two minutes on the stovetop or one minute in the microwave will basically eliminate any useful allicin from the garlic.

***However, if you let chopped garlic sit for 10 minutes before exposing it to heat, the enzyme that creates allicin will have time to finish working, and your finished dish should have a much higher allicin content. That being said, allicin is short-lived, lasting less than an hour. So once you’ve crushed your garlic and let it rest, try to consume it as quickly as possible. Better still, use a garlic press instead of a knife.***

  1. Discarding the Most Nutritious Parts of the Vegetable

Many Americans dutifully peel and chop away skins and upper greens on their veggies. Yet, these components often contain the most concentrated sources of nutrients. For instance, the dark-green tops of scallions are among the most nutritious, but many people toss this section away. The same goes for beet greens, which are equally, if not more, nutritious than beet roots, with nutrients that may strengthen your immune system, support brain and bone health, and more.

Apples are another example: much of apples’ antioxidant power is contained in the peel, where you’ll find antioxidants like catechin, procyanidins, chlorogenic acid, and ploridizin. Even adding carrot peels to a carrot puree boosted antioxidant levels. The same goes for watermelon rind. Most people throw away the watermelon rind, but try putting it in a blender with some lime for a healthy, refreshing treat.

Watermelon rind actually contains more of the amino acid citrulline than the pink flesh. Citrulline is converted to arginine in your kidneys, and this amino acid is important for heart health and maintaining your immune system. While many people prefer seedless watermelon, black watermelon seeds are edible too and actually quite healthy. They contain iron, zinc, protein, and fiber. One caveat: if you’ll be consuming rinds or peels, opt for organic produce to minimize your intake of pesticides.

  1. Eating Potatoes Right After Cooking Them

I don’t recommend eating white potatoes often, as their simple sugars are rapidly converted to glucose that raises insulin levels and can devastate your health. However, if you do choose to eat them at least chill them for about 24 hours after cooking. This converts the starch into a type that’s digested slower, and turns this high-glycemic vegetable into a low-glycemic one.

  1. Cutting Carrots Prior to Cooking

Resist the urge to chop up your carrots before adding them to soups and casseroles. Research suggests that keeping the carrots whole, and cutting them up after they’re cooked, helps retain nutrients. Also, like tomatoes, carrots may be better for you cooked than raw. Cooking helps break down the cell walls so your body has an easier time absorbing nutrients. Further, one study found that cooked carrots had higher levels of beta-carotene and phenolic acids than raw carrots, and the antioxidant activity continued to increase over a period of four weeks.

  1. Buying Broccoli Florets Instead of a Whole Head

Broccoli is one of the healthiest, cancer-fighting veggies you can eat. But it’s also surprisingly perishable. One study found that broccoli can lose 75 percent of its flavonoids and 80 percent of its beneficial glucosinolates just 10 days after harvest. When the broccoli was cut into florets, the rate of antioxidant loss doubled, so choose fresh, locally grown broccoli in whole-head form for maximum nutrition.

  1. Discarding the Cooking Liquid from Beans

Cooking dried beans from scratch is preferable to canned versions because of the potential for BPA in the can linings. However, the cooking liquid will hold much of the nutrients after the beans are done cooking. One trick is to let the beans sit in the liquid for about an hour after cooking to help them reabsorb some of the lost nutrients. Cooking beans in a pressure cooker may also preserve more nutrients than cooking beans using other methods.

 

Additional Tips To Boosting the Nutrient Content of Your Diet

  • Consuming plenty of raw, locally harvested, organic vegetables is one of the best ways to get the key nutrients your body needs, in levels that most closely replicate those found in the wild foods of our ancestors. For starters, this will ensure that you’re avoiding all genetically modified (GM) produce, which also appears to be far less nutritious than non-GM food. Beyond this, there are several additional measures you can take to make sure you’re getting the most nutritious food available:
  • Choose brightly colored foods: Produce in shades of blue, red, purple and dark green are among the most antioxidant-rich foods available.
  • Eat more bitter foods: Many of the most potent, disease-fighting compounds in food (phenols and polyphenols, flavonoids, isoflavones, terpenes, and glucosinolates) are bitter, acrid, or astringent in flavor. Expanding your diet to include these bitter-tasting foods is one of the healthiest moves you can make. Examples include grapefruit, arugula, collard greens, parsley, dandelion leaves, radicchio, cranberries, endive, and pomegranates.
  • Indulge in herbs and spices: Many herbs and spices remain largely unchanged from ancient times. Along with containing some of the highest antioxidant levels of all foods, herbs and spices are also very dense in other nutrients such as vitamins and minerals, and they also have medicinal properties. As a general rule, you really can’t go wrong when using herbs and spices, and I recommend allowing your taste buds to dictate your choices when cooking. However, you can also choose spices based on their medicinal benefits.
  • Grow your own foods from heirloom seeds, including sprouts: This is one of the best ways to access nutrient-dense food, especially if you use heirloom seeds that have been carefully cultivated to produce the best plants possible. You can plant an organic veggie garden even in small spaces, and sprouts, which are also among the most nutrient-dense foods available, can also be grown easily at home.

DO YOU SUFFER FROM IBS?

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Over the last 20 years, research has revealed that the brain and our emotions share a strong relationship with the gut and the immune system. We now know that the gut microbiome, where trillions of microbes reside in the human body, can communicate with the brain through molecules produced by gut bacteria that enter the bloodstream. These molecules can even impact behavior; as Dr. Mazmanian discovered through his research on gut bacteria, gastrointestinal disease, and autism. Researchers say that the complex “second brain” in the gut can also influence emotion—gastrointestinal issues can affect not only digestion but mood and emotional wellbeing. IBS has been called a “mental illness” of the second brain. IBS has affected between 25 and 45 million people in the United States.

WHAT IS IBS?

Irritable bowel syndrome is a collection of symptoms that often point to poor digestion, including:

  • Abdominal painLove
  • Alternating diarrhea and constipation
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas
  • Urgency

Those affected by IBS can also experience depression, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, fibromyalgia, belching, and sometimes nausea.

THE CAUSES OF IBS

The cause of IBS is unknown, but there are several theories:

  1. Depression and Anxiety: Originally, IBS was no more than a psychological diagnosis—like depression or anxiety. Physicians could find no physical evidence of IBS. Even though emotional stress does activate the release of stress hormones and shuts down digestive function, it does not cause IBS.
  1. Serotonin Imbalance: When we later figured out some of the biochemistry in the gut, researchers focused on a neurotransmitter called serotonin. Serotonin alone does not cause IBS, but controlling it with medication can provide short-term relief.
  1. Gut Infection: After realizing that people with a history of food poisoning were often diagnosed with IBS, physicians began using antibiotic therapy. It worked. As it turns out, IBS may be the result of a gut infection. And now, some of the most recent medical literature has connected the dots. We know that stress, neurotransmitters, the immune system, and the gut all play a role in the development of IBS. So what does this mean in your body?
  1. Bacterial Overgrowth: IBS may be related to bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine (otherwise known as SIBO). In support of this theory, we know that you can control IBS with a “low-residue” diet, which removes hard-to-digest sugars. One hallmark sign of both IBS and bacterial overgrowth is gas and bloating. While stress will always irritate digestive function, research shows that both gluten and a leaky gut contribute to signs of IBS—and to bacterial overgrowth.

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IBS AND YOUR WOUNDED INNER ECOSYSTEM

Dr. Michael Gershon, chairman of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at Columbia University, helped to reveal that the gut and the brain are an interconnected network of nerve tissue. The gut is your “second brain.” And your “second brain” can give out orders, as well as the brain that belongs to your central nervous system. In fact, the gut contains more nerve tissue than the brain.

Besides nerve tissue, a thin lining of cells along the gut wall protects your body from large food particles and bacteria. Beneath this cell wall is your immune system. Above this cell wall are bacteria and yeast. All together, this is your inner ecosystem.

When the inner ecosystem of the gut is wounded, there may be:

  • Too Little Stomach Acid. An infection or stress hormones can both impair the production of stomach acid. This brings the digestive process to a halt.
  • Enzyme Deficiency. The small intestine needs specific enzymes to keep food and bacteria moving along. When there are not enough enzymes, food putrefies in the small intestine.
  • Bacterial Overgrowth. The small intestine should be relatively free of bacteria—even good bacteria. The bulk of bacteria and yeast that make up your inner ecosystem is found in your large intestine. Large colonileaky gut affets everythinges of bacteria in the small intestine can cause cramping, pain, gas, and bloating.
  • Leaky Gut. A permeable gut lining allows yeast, toxins from bacteria, and large food particles into your bloodstream. This is also known as “leaky gut.”
  • Food Sensitivities. An inflamed and “leaky” gut will allow food particles to cross into the bloodstream. This activates a response from the immune system. One of the best ways to heal food sensitivities is to seal the gut. There are some foods that you may always be sensitive to—like gluten.

The most current medical research tells us that IBS is the result of bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine. Also referred to as SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), this bacterial overgrowth is caused by low stomach acid, enzyme deficiency, and leaky gut. While some doctors may recommend antibiotics to improve SIBO symptoms, antibiotic use can often trigger a vicious cycle. Antibiotics can disturb gut flora and predispose some people to IBS.

The vicious cycle continues. Bacterial overgrowth can lead to leaky gut. It can also contribute to the development of food sensitivities.

HOW TO TACKLE IBS: 4 QUICK STEPS

We can address both IBS and bacterial overgrowth with steps that maintain a healthy inner ecosystem:

  1. You support the production of stomach acid. Signs of weak stomach acid and bacterial overgrowth include heartburn. You can prevent heartburn by boosting the production of stomach acid with HCl, as Assist Dairy and Protein was designed to do.
  2. You support pancreatic enzymes in the small intestine. Remember, researchers now believe that IBS is the result of bacterial overgrowth. While stomach acid activates enzymes, you must also make sure that there are plenty of enzymes in the small intestine. Otherwise, food sits stagnant in the small intestine and feeds bacterial overgrowth.
  3. You ensure that good bacteria outnumber the bad. One of the best ways to eliminate a gut infection and maintain a hearty inner ecosystem is to crowd out the bad guys. This means plenty of probiotic-rich fermented foods or a high-quality probiotic liquid with specific strains of bacteria and yeast.
  4. You eat a “low-residue” diet (sugar-free, casein-free, and gluten-free), you may want to begin by avoiding foods that contain fiber and hard-to-digest sugars. These foods fall into a category known as FODMAPs. They can be eliminated from the diet and then slowly reintroduced—as your gut heals and based on your unique level of tolerance.

Do you suffer from IBS or other intestinal complications such as food allergies or GI discomfort? Come into our office today for an evaluation. We have an array of advanced nutritional testing for SIBO, leaky gut, evaluation of the bacteria in your gut, food allergy testing, neurotransmitter tests, nutritional assessments and many more.

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10 SYMPTOMS OF GLUTEN INTOLERANCE

More than 55 diseases have been linked to gluten, the protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. It’s estimated that 99% of the people who have either gluten intolerance or celiac disease are never diagnosed. It is also estimated that as much as 15% of the US population is gluten intolerant. Could you be one of them?

If you have any of the following symptoms it could be a sign that you have gluten intolerance:

  1. Digestive issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea and even constipation. I see the constipation particularly in children after eating gluten.
  1. Keratosis Pilaris, (also known as ‘chicken skin’ on the back of your arms). This tends be as a result of a fatty acid deficiency and vitamin A deficiency secondary to fat-malabsorption caused by gluten damaging the gut.
  1. Fatigue, brain fog or feeling tired after eating a meal that contains gluten.
  1. Diagnosis of an autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Scleroderma or Multiple sclerosis.
  1. Neurologic symptoms such as dizziness or feeling of being off balance.
  1. Hormone imbalances such as PMS, PCOS or unexplained infertility.
  1. Migraine headaches.
  1. Diagnosis of chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia. These diagnoses simply indicate your conventional doctor cannot pin point the cause of your fatigue or pain.
  1. Inflammation, swelling or pain in your joints such as fingers, knees or hips.
  1. Mood issues such as anxiety, depression, mood swings and ADD.

Follow Your Gut: SIBO- may be the root cause of your IBS

Studies show that most patients diagnosed with IBS actually have an underlying imbalance called SIBO, or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. While bacteria are an essential part of a healthy small bowel and perform important functions, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth can lead to leaky gut and a number of other symptoms.

The normal small bowel, which connects the stomach to the large bowel, is approximatdigestion imageely 20 feet long. Bacteria are normally present throughout the entire gastrointestinal tract, but in varied amounts. Relatively few bacteria normally live in the small bowel (less than 10,000 bacteria per milliliter of fluid) when compared to the large bowel, or colon (1,000,000,000 bacteria per milliliter of fluid). Not only is the amount of bacteria different between the two bowels, but the types that are present are also different. The majority of our gut bacteria should reside inside the colon. When the bacteria migrate backwards into the small bowel or when there is low stomach acid or poor pancreatic enzyme production, bacteria in the small bowel can overgrow and cause symptoms, such as diarrhea, gas, or bloating.

The small bowel, plays a very important role in digesting food and absorbing nutrients. It is also a crucial part of the immune system, containing an impressive network of lymphoid cells (cells of the immune system that help fight infections and regulate the immune system).

What exactly is SIBO?

SIBO, or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, is defined as an increase in the number of bacteria, and/or changes in the type of bacteria present in the small bowel. In most individuals, SIBO is not caused by a single type of bacteria, but is an overgrowth of various types of bacteria that should normally be found in the colon.

SIBO has been shown to negatively affect both the structure and function of the small bowel. It may significantly interfere with digestion of food and absorption of nutrients, primarily by damaging cells lining the small bowel. Additionally, this damage to the small bowel mucosa can lead to leaky gut (when the intestinal barrier becomes permeable, allowing large protein molecules to escape into the bloodstream), which is known to have a number of potential complications including immune reactions that cause food allergies sensitivities, generalized inflammation, and autoimmune diseases.

These pathogenic bacteria, whether too many or the wrong types, can lead to nutritional deficiencies on top of those due to poor digestion and absorption. These bacteria will take up certain B vitamins, such as vitamin B12, before our own cells have the chance to absorb them. They may also consume some of the amino acids, or proteins, that we’ve ingested, which can lead to a mild protein deficiency and an increase in ammonia production by certain bacteria (wreaking havoc on our detoxification system). The bacteria may also decrease fat absorption through their effect on bile acids, leading to deficiency in fat soluble vitamins.

Six signs you might have SIBO:

  1. You notice that fiber worsens your constipation
  2. You notice an improvement in IBS symptoms when taking antibiotics
  3. You feel more gas and bloating when you take probiotics that contain prebiotics
  4. You are celiac or gluten intolerant and do not have 100% resolution of symptoms on a gluten-free diet
  5. You develop chronic symptoms of gas, bloating, constipation or diarrhea after taking pain medications, like opiates.
  6. Your blood work shows chronically low iron or ferratin with no known cause

Top 6 Major Symptoms of SIBO

  1. Abdominal bloating and distension
  2. Constipation
  3. Diarrhea
  4. Abdominal pain or discomfort
  5. Acid reflux or heartburn
  6. Excessive gas or belching

10 conditions that may predispose you to have SIBO

  • Hypochlorhydria (low stomach acid)
  • Pancreatic insufficiency
  • Decreased motility in small intestine
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Diverticula
  • Surgical bowel resection or bariatric surgery
  • Food poisoning (Post infectious IBS)
  • Nerve damage that affects the GI tract
  • Drugs, like opiates
  • Any disease that slows motility (diabetes, hypothyroid)

Other disorders that may be associated with SIBO

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Scleroderma
  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
  • Rosacea
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Pancreatic insufficiency
  • Liver disease
  • Diabetes
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Celiac disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Kidney failure
  • Liver disease
  • Diverticulosis

How to Diagnose SIBO

The number of people with SIBO in the general population remains unknown. Some studies suggest that between 5-15% of healthy, asymptomatic people have SIBO, while up to 80% of people with irritable bowel syndrome have SIBO. SIBO is largely under-diagnosed. This is because many people don’t seek medical care for their SIBO symptoms, and because many doctors are not aware of how common SIBO really is. Ask your health care provider about a Lactulose Breath Test or a comprehensive stool analysis and urinary organic acids test.

How do we treat SIBO?

SIBO can be difficult to treat. Antibiotics are often used to treat SIBO; however, many studied have shown that despite treatment with antibiotics, recurrence develops in almost half of all patients, therefore treatment of overgrown alone is not enough for most people. Some studies found that those patients with SIBO do have significant delays in the small bowel transit (or the amount of time it takes something to move through the small bowl). These patient would benefit from the addition of prokinetic agent, which increased the muscular contractions of the small bowel.

Treatment Options:

  • Paleo diet or autoimmune paleo diet
  • Low FODMAP diet
  • Specific Carbohydrate Diet
  • GAPS Diet
  • Avoid all alcohol
  • Use caution with probiotics/prebiotics
  • Use caution with fermented foods as they can increase histamine
  • Antibiotics
  • Xifaxan
  • Tindamax for resistant clostridia sp.
  • Antimicrobial herbs (Allimed, Oil of oregano, Berberine, Biocidin)