Nutrition for IBS, Reflux and Bloated Stomach Relief

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth

It is well accepted that bacterial overgrowth can cause diarrhoea but it can also cause chronic constipation, IBS, and aches & pains elsewhere in the body.

Common symptoms of bacterial overgrowth include bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, constipation (or both), heartburn and nausea. It is also associated with food sensitivities, headache, anaemia, joint pain, and respiratory, skin, brain and mood symptoms.

A number of tests indicate bacterial overgrowth:

The Breath-H2 or Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) test is a simple breath test. Following a 12 hour fast and an initial breath sample, a drink containing lactulose is taken. Breath samples are taken every 20 minutes over a three hour period and hydrogen & methane levels are measured. Increased breath hydrogen or methane indicates the presence of bacteria in the stomach or small intestine

Stool Tests

These assess levels of bacterial, yeast or parasite overgrowth. If overgrowth is found, the results will also report whether the microbe is sensitive to a range of both natural and prescribed antibiotic or anti-fungal agents. This focuses the nutrition plan, increases the effectiveness of the eradication plan and saves money on supplements or medications. The test also gives information about metabolism, inflammation and immune health of the gut, level of digestive enzymes and ability to digest and absorb fat.

Organic Acids

This is one of the most useful and comprehensive tests. It looks at markers for bacterial or yeast overgrowth, as well as detoxification ability, balance of neurotransmitters (brain messengers), need for antioxidants and metabolism. The results will not only indicate whether there is bacterial or yeast overgrowth but also indicate your levels of vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, folic acid, zinc, magnesium, manganese and molybdenum. It is a simple urine test that is performed at home and posted to the laboratory.