SIBO - What to do about it

Bacteria in intestine

In our small intestine as well as in the large intestine we have a variety of bacteria. This has long been controversial in the medical world, and even today there are physicians who claim that there are no bacteria in the small intestine. These should only occur in the large intestine and as far as they end up in the small intestine, they are false. However, this assumption is not true. The small intestine, like the large intestine, contains many strains of bacteria that help us in our daily digestion. The small intestine, like the large intestine, contains many strains of bacteria that help us in our daily digestion. The problem that arises with SIBO is the following: The bacteria are very different and do not work together. Dr. Nemetschek gave a nice example of this: In the small intestine the bacteria are like birds and in the large intestine they are like fish. Birds and fish do not mix.

Reasons for the overgrowth of bacteria

There are several causes for the occurrence of false bacteria in the small intestine, which must first be identified. Under certain anatomical conditions, it is possible for colon bacteria to enter the small intestine. The problem can also occur due to nutritional errors. If you eat foods that you don’t tolerate well, sometimes without your knowledge, they end up in the small intestine without being properly digested first. In such cases, it is possible for bacteria to spill in the wrong direction through the valve that separates the small and large intestines. At the same time, if there is a tendency to constipation, the food may remain in the intestine for far too long, resulting in bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine.
Allergies and intolerances to various foods can cause silent inflammation in the intestines, sometimes unnoticed. For example, dairy or wheat products, but also meat, fish and eggs can be responsible for such inflammation. This changes the milieu and thus also the bacteria accumulation in our intestines. Good bacteria reduce and make room for bad bacteria (in this case from the colon). Good bacteria reduce and make room for bad bacteria (in this case from the colon). This is part of the spectrum of SIBO, but in such cases it is important to manage the chronic infections.

A good way to counteract the mispopulation is to adjust the diet. For this purpose, you can easily find out with our Dr. Mama system which foods you tolerate and which you should better avoid. By changing the diet, it is possible to reduce inflammation so that the intestines can calm down and regain strength. The small intestine can restore its family of bacteria. It may be necessary to take substances that reduce fungi or parasites, or help the good bacteria displace the bad ones. A quite effective substance is inulin, which, however, must be taken with caution. This can have a very strong effect. Initially, only a small knife tip should be taken. If this is well tolerated, up to one teaspoon can be taken three times a day. Inulin is virtually the food of the small intestine bacteria.

What are the other causes?

Another cause of SIBO is poisoning in the body. If this is poisoned with pesticides, herbicides or insecticides, such as glyphosate, the bad bacteria settle in the walls of the small intestine and drive out all the good bacteria. Poisoning can further be caused by heavy metals, mercury, aluminum as a light metal, cadmium or lead, especially if they are not bound.

Electromagnetic fields, which surround us all the time, can also be a cause of SIBO. These include WLAN, cordless phones and smartphones in particular. Stress is created for the germs in the gut and it is possible that the patogenic germs outnumber the good germs.

Treat the different causes

Often the question arises for those affected whether it makes sense to take bacteria in the form of tablets or powder. Most of the time this is not the case and can be explained relatively easily: The bacterial strains in our small intestine communicate with each other and live together in a very specific way. Introducing any other bacterial strains into this construct would result in them not fitting together. It makes more sense to take a natural microbiome, in which hundreds of different bacteria have also learned to live in harmony with each other. That is, they bring a functioning team to the intestine that helps rebuild function. The best way to get live bacteria is through fermented foods such as vegetables, leaves, and fruit, if applicable. Almost every culture in the world has a fermented dish, in Germany it is sauerkraut. In principle, however, we can ferment all foods and thus make use of them.

Thus, it is possible to settle optimal bacteria in the small intestine and fight SIBO.

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