Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Is it the bugs within?

Irritable bowel syndrome is a common misunderstood condition. There is a stigma regarding IBS as being mainly an emotional condition. Research is now showing that this is no longer the case. Although emotions can contribute, IBS is much more complex. 

Ones intestinal bacteria may be a major factor for many IBS patients. Researchers are now finding that many people with IBS symptoms may have an overgrowth of bacteria in their small intestine. We call this condition SIBO which stands for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. It can present as major gas and bloating often following a meal high in certain sugars. These sugars feed the bacteria leading to bloating. 

Other non-intestinal symptoms often associated with SIBO are chronic pain, fatigue, brain fog or depression. 

A simple breath test can be performed to determine if your GI symptoms are due to SIBO. Based on the results, a treatment protocol can be performed to treat it. If you suffer from IBS or suspect you may have SIBO book an appointment with Dr. Jeffery to discuss your options.