SIBO Diet Recommendations and Tips
There are over 60 million Americans suffering from digestive disease, with nearly 45 million visiting the doctor each year. The solution isn’t simple, but with proper testing, medical care, diet and lifestyle changes, SIBO is curable and controllable
What is SIBO?
Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth aka SIBO is a digestive disorder that occurs when the small intestine has excessive bacteria. SIBO occurs when bacteria that usually grow in one part of your digestive tract, like your colon, are growing in your small intestine, too much of the bacteria can cause some complications.
SIBO is uncommon in young and middle-aged adults but is thought to occur in at least 15% of older patients.
- Flatulence - Bloating and increased passing of gas
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Abdominal pain
To treat SIBO you need to do dietary changes, as first goals you need to manage the symptoms to stop the damage. This diet involves the elimination of bacteria-induced inflammation in the digestive tract, particularly in the small intestine. Several potential diets have emerged that are worthy of consideration, but we should be cautious and only trial them under medical supervision. Your next goal is to nourish the gut and encourage it to heal and rebuild itself using specific foods.
Food to Avoid:
Try to avoid the following sweeteners:
- Corn Syrup (fructose)
- Sorbitol (often found in gum)
- Sucralose (Splenda)
- Beans (kidney beans, garbanzo beans, pinto beans, etc.)
Dairy products are best avoided initially because of the lactose they contain. You may tolerate lactose by the use of Lactaid pills. Try almond or rice milk or Lactaid milk. Soy milk can cause gas in some.
Food to eat:
There are the foods you need to have while on this SIBO diet. A SIBO diet should focus on foods that are high in fiber and low in sugar.
- Drink eight cups of water a day (60 oz)
- Fruits should be eaten in moderation – no more than two servings per day
- Coffee, tea, and soda should be consumed only in moderate amounts
- Addition food:
- Gluten-free products
- Leafy greens
- Rice and noodles
- Tapioca (except barley and rye)
According to research, it takes up to 2.5 to 4 years for SIBO to be completely balanced. For this reason, it’s important to explore the different diet and food options and find what works for you. Make sure you eat a balanced diet and that your meals contain sufficient calories so that you are able to maintain your body weight.