If you have been diagnosed with small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, the SIBO diet is a good place to start. In this article, we’ll talk about why the SIBO diet works the way it does and provide you with an overview of what it looks like.

Symptoms of SIBO can include stomach pain, diarrhoea, and nausea.
Source: Medical News Today

There is some overlap with other natural approaches to gut health, so it’s worth learning more about that and a SIBO diet if that’s important to you.
It’s not a question of if concomitant antibiotics will drive your bacteria to overgrow in your bowel; it’s a question of when.

What these authors found was that a diet that dictated when you’re allowed to eat fermented foods (your only real sanitiser) could help you prevent bacteria from overgrowing in the first place. So, including fermented foods in your diet can help prevent you from getting sick and can also reduce the likelihood of you developing a bacterial imbalance.

There are many different types of S.I.B.O. (intestinal bacterial overgrowth), but they all have one thing in common: They cause your digestion to become imbalanced. This can make it very difficult to absorb nutrients, process food, get to know your appetite, move, and more. And research shows that antibiotics commonly used to treat S.I.B.O. bacteria can hold your liver and kidneys back for up to a month or more.

Unfortunately, doctors don’t always prescribe a natural gut-friendly diet to their S.I.B.O. patients because doctors are generally healthy. This is why, naturally, the elderly, pregnant women and other vulnerable groups are often prescribed medications like metronidazole or ciprofloxacin in an effort to heal their overgrowth.


The truth is that intestinal bacteria need to be taken care of, but it’s unnecessary to throw out all of our favourite probiotics just because some of them cause bacteria to go over the edge (whether intentionally or due to illness or other causes).

Published research shows that antibiotics can have a cumulative effect of increasing your risk of developing chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and more. And while it may be tempting to stop taking antibiotics if you’ve been diagnosed with SIBO, this often results in getting sicker. Taking unneeded antibiotics will only make bacteria overgrow and put your health at more risk.

It’s important to do what you can to prevent inflammation, but it’s equally important to maintain healthy gut flora. The concept of balancing your bacteria comes from the fact that your friendly bacteria outnumber your harmful bacteria. So if you have healthy gut flora, your cells can internalize the right balance of signals from the bacteria and your body will be able to experience a more “homeostatic” balance of your digestion.

Any food that you eat that is low in fibre is going to keep your gut bacteria hungry for more, and it’s going to cause inflammation. This isn’t necessarily something that you want.

We’ll also discuss the benefits and risks of the precise protocol we’ve been following for the past five and a half years.

What Is The Swiss System?

Specific Irritable Bowel Pain

The Specific Irritable Bowel Pain diet (SIB) and the Simplified Operating Table (SOT) have been widely used and recommended for the treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) by gastroenterologists worldwide. The protocols operate under the premise that a primary cause of IBS is an overgrowth of lactobacilli in the small intestine.

Lactobacillus Casei and Bifidobacterium animalis are normal, healthy inhabitants of the gut. However, often, patients with IBS experience uncaught intestinal flagellation, which causes a “zoosickness” that manifests itself as abdominal cramps, bloating, and/or nausea.

It turns out the causes of IBS are actually quite complex and its cure is far more complex as well. The simple idea of eliminating lactobacillus and excluding meat and dairy is pretty simple, in theory. But in practice, the strategies used by clinicians in the treatment of IBS are not.

For example, early studies had suggested that probiotics such as Lactobacillus may help heal IBS symptoms and promote gastrointestinal healing. However, these same studies also found no difference in the rate of clinical gastrointestinal reactions or serious adverse events between lactobacilli-free and vegetarian patients.

Due to the lack of consistent evidence, the US Food and Nutrition Board, a consultative group composed of experts in nutrition, medicine, and food science, did not recommend using probiotics to treat IBS.

A more recent meta-analysis was able to suggest that dietary approaches may be an important contributing factor in reducing symptoms of IBS. The gut microbiome plays a critical role in maintaining gut barrier integrity, the function of which leads to satiety and reduces intestinal permeability and inflammation, as well as supporting the normal function and integrity of the entire gastrointestinal (GI) tract, supporting both the host’s and the individual’s immune response.

Dietary Approaches

So what does the lack of probiotic-induced effects or inflammation on important markers indicate in the context of therapeutic intervention?

Unfortunately, at this point in time, it is still too early to write off these dietary approaches as a panacea.

The earliest known reference to the SIB was written in 1920, but most diets have been around much longer.

The World Health Organization classified irritable bowel syndrome in 1980 as a Trichuris disease. Trichuris species account for nearly 95% of all human disease-causing microbes in the small intestines. Following this classification. Many scientific experts ended up suggesting the elimination of animal products from the diet to improve the symptoms of IBS.

The simpler the diet, the more effective the results.

This could be a life-changing discovery!

Next time someone tells you they feel horrible. Or they’re maybe thinking of giving it a go, know that it’s an excellent place to start.

Leaky Gut

The foods we primarily eat can give us distorted ideas of our bodies, and our aspirations. People often think of celery when they think of IBS. That’s not only because it’s crunchy, but because it has a high fructose content and has been linked with IBS. Sugar is not just bad for us, it’s bad for the planet too.

Sugar growers, bad for the environment, and horrible for your gut health. The full list of hallmarks of SIBO diet is quite lengthy. Oh, did I mention it’ll boost your metabolism too?

Fibre is what holds many of the tissues together in the gut. It is found naturally in plants, although most people (including diabetics. And people with gluten sensitivities) are not getting fibre from their diet. If we don’t get enough of it from our food, it can lead to the development of a leaky gut. Because in leaky gut, the bacteria have nowhere to go. They overgrow.

After noticing I was bloating more than usual and had terrible breath, a gastroenterologist recommended I try a low-fibre diet. Already, my absorption of sugars had decreased. And I noticed I had less gas, usually.

Reduce Sugar Consumption

Keep in mind this is when I was cooking bacon on a regular basis. We eat a lot of sugar, so this point is not about specificity, but more about the general direction.

The keto diet, on the other hand, after a month or so of having it performed my sibship looked different. The recurrent bloating was still there, but I managed to decrease the amount I ate of “bad” sugars. Also, my breath seemed a lot better.

I kept a food journal that diary entries can help us spot changes and trends. Most entries, from what I used to know, were about weeds.

It’s a great way for growers to keep noting how much they’re growing!

Just like the search for glanders, the low-fibre diet only works when we really learn how to spot the signs. Basically, we can identify when our gut has become out of balance with too much or too little actual sugar. If we keep it limited to a low-fibre diet, see the symptoms decrease and our gut health begins to thrive.

Eating less sugar is a crucial first step towards gut stability. Use the SIBO diet to ease your discomfort.

Armed with this information, and specifically how our bodies are processing Sugar (glycogen), eating less sugar isn’t nearly as drastic as it sounds.

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Stephen Walker is a blogger who has been living with Multiple Sclerosis or MS since 1994. He devotes a lot of time to researching this dreadful autoimmune disease, looking for answers and possible treatments.

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