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.
Latest blog posts
Gut issues and damage to your relationship with food
Gut issues can have a huge effect on our eating patterns. It can affect the perceptions we form about food. Gut issues are linked to emotional…
Can SIBO come back?
If you’re wondering if small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) can come back after treatment, you’re not alone. It’s a common concern among those who have experienced this condition.
All you need to know about leaky gut and autoimmune disorder
We know that gut health is linked to everything from immunity to mental health, we will dig deep about leaky gut and autoimmune disorders.
Top rated IBS apps
We have listed below top rated IBS related applications. These apps can help people with IBS better understand the available options and sort through their signs and symptoms.
The gut, SIBO and Psoriasis
Medicine has only very recently discovered some interesting findings. SIBO, gut imbalance and leaky gut have all been linked to Psoriasis.
SIBO affects women at double the rate. Unfortunately, this means even more challenges in getting diagnosed and treated. Women are disproportionately medically gaslit.
Patient experience: Dating with SIBO
Let’s talk about something not talked about enough; How hard it is to date when you have stomach issues.
Periods and SIBO
Periods and the gut? PSP… Lets talk Period, SIBO and Poo… If you are a woman and experience periods it is very likely even if you have the healthiest of guts, you experience some digestives changes. Loose poos, diarrhea and constipation are very common before and during your period.
SIBO treatment and SIBO die off
I wanted to touch on one of the less fun aspects of treating SIBO, die off. Unfortunately, the SIBO die off stage comes before all the great things living SIBO free life brings.
Why do healthy foods make me feel sick
Can you eat white bread/a biscuit/a cookie/a croissant/lollies/highly processed food with no issues? When you eat “healthy” foods like fruit and vegetables, do you feel very sick and lethargic after?
Patient experience: SIBO and food intolerance
I got SIBO after a bad case of food poisoning, I contracted while overseas. I didn’t realise this at the time because it wasn’t immediately after that my problems and food intolerance began. It happened slowly over sometime.
Patient experience: SIBO and weight loss
I had hydrogen SIBO, and I lost a lot of weight during that time for two reasons. One of them is far less talked about, and I think it needs to be. The first reason was 1) the type of SIBO I had extracted energy from the food I ate. And reason 2) was the disordered eating habits I developed due to the SIBO.
Patient experience: SIBO and bloating
Extreme bloating and gas, caused by undiagnosed SIBO – I struggled with SIBO for years. Like many, I had no idea. I was constantly told things like: “Bloating is normal”, “Maybe it’s just your period”…
Patient experience: SIBO and weight gain in the midsection
I was scared to take too many rounds of antibiotics as I think other antibiotics may have triggered my SIBO in the first place. That’s why I decided to take antibiotics for only two of my four rounds of treatment. Both treatments seemed to work equally as effectively, but everyone is different.
Patient experience: SIBO and hair loss
After developing SIBO (which I was unaware I had at the time because I didn’t even know what it was) I started to notice my once long hair was thinning and getting shorter. At first, it was nothing drastic, and I’d hide it with styling and product, but over time the issue progressed (and so did my SIBO). My hair was fine, but I had lots of it.