We want to make something clear.
No diet can cure SIBO. However, some may help alleviate symptoms and reduce the chance of relapse after treatment.
SIBO involves an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine. You cannot ‘starve off’ the bacteria.
Diets have a place in symptom management, and we explore them here.
Dr John Freeman FRACP
Low FODMAPs diet
The low FODMAPs diet involves reducing the number of fermentable carbohydrates you consume.
FODMAP stands for fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols. There are short-chain carbohydrates (sugars) that the small intestine absorbs poorly. Therefore, a low FODMAP diet may be helpful in temporarily relieving SIBO sufferers symptoms.
A low FODMAPs diet is only recommended for a limited amount of time.
However, the elimination diet shouldn’t be dismissed as food intolerance may be a root cause of SIBO for some.
An elimination diet is a structured plan that excludes certain foods or groups of foods thought to cause an adverse food reaction in specific individuals. It is a mechanism for getting to the bottom of what is often known as food intolerance.
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