Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (Sibo)

Naturopath Physicians & Doctors in Toronto, ON

Over 80% of those with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) symptoms, actually have something called Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, also known as SIBO. SIBO is an excess of problematic bacteria in the small intestine. This overgrowth leads to some or all of the following digestion symptoms:

  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Heartburn

In addition, some people with SIBO also experience the following:

  • Rosacea, eczema, acne
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Joint pains
  • Brain fog

Also, certain health conditions have been associated with SIBO including:

  • Iron and Vitamin B12 Deficiency Anemia
  • Intestinal Permeability
  • Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Histamine Intolerance
  • The Naturopathic Medicine Approach to Treating SIBO

A Naturopathic Doctor will do a thorough review of your medical history and may recommend specialized lab testing aimed at assessing diagnosing the type of SIBO present as well as the status of your gut function and any nutrient deficiencies.

Some of the specialized lab tests we commonly run to assess your gut function may include the following:

  • SIBO Lactulose Breath Test to identify and distinguish the type of bacterial overgrowths in the small intestine
  • Comprehensive Stool Analysis panels to identify large intestine bacteria & yeast overgrowths, assess beneficial bacteria levels, enzyme secretion and macronutrient malabsorption issues.
  • IgG Food Sensitivity blood test panels to identify antibody reactions to different foods

Following a comprehensive assessment, Naturopathic treatment for SIBO includes a mix of dietary changes, nutritional medicine and herbal medicine therapies designed to get correct the bacterial overgrowth and get your gut working better.

Gut Repair is What We do.

Book your appointment with Dr. Andresen and discover how naturopathic medicine can effectively treat your digestive concerns, including SIBO.