SIBO: 5 natural treatments to relieve symptoms

SIBO: 5 natural treatments to relieve symptoms
SIBO results in an overpopulation of bacteria in the small intestine, leading to digestive problems and fatigue. Here are 5 natural treatments to relieve its symptoms.
The term SIBO comes from the English “ Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth,” which means “Chronic Bacterial Colonization of the Small Intestine.”

This digestive system pathology is characterized by a significant proliferation of bacteria in the small intestine.

In the case of SIBO, the bacterial concentration is greater than 105 bacteria/ml. The main species are Streptococcus, Bacteroides, Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus.
Present in excess, they cause an imbalance of the intestinal microbiota (or dysbiosis) and hyperpermeability of the intestinal wall. Because they consume many nutrients (vitamins and carbohydrates ), they can cause nutritional deficiencies in the host. In addition, they cause intestinal fermentation, which causes gas and bloating. Therefore, digestive problems are frequent and can be accompanied by fatigue (physical and/or mental) and cognitive disorders.
We present below 5 natural treatments to relieve the symptoms of SIBO. Precaution: depending on your symptoms and before taking a food supplement, we advise you to consult a doctor.

1. Guar gum

Guar gum is also used as an appetite suppressant.
Guar is a plant grown for its seeds. Once crushed, they make it possible to obtain guar gum, known for its appetite suppressant action.
Very rich in soluble fiber, it supports digestive health.
For one thing, guar gum improves symptoms associated with SIBO like diarrhea, gas, bloating, and abdominal pain. E
At the same time, it beneficially modifies the composition of the intestinal microbiota and rebalances the bacterial concentration.
In this study, guar gum provided better results on SIBO than with the antibiotic alone.

How to consume Guar gum

It can be taken as a dietary supplement in capsules, tablets or powder. Guar powder can be diluted in a glass of water or used in cooking as a thickening and binding agent.

2. Berberine

Berberine is a plant alkaloid extracted from the roots and bark of several plants. It is mainly found in goldenseal, Berberis aristata and barberry. It is known to fight against gastrointestinal infections.
Thanks to its antibacterial action, it slows down the proliferation of bacteria in the small intestine. Taking berberine also reduces the frequency of diarrhea and abdominal pain in SIBO.
In this study, berberine showed comparable results to administering an antibiotic to treat SIBO.

How to consume berberine

It is taken in the form of a food supplement, in capsules or powder.

Warning: it is not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women.

3. Propolis

Propolis is often found in liquid solution
Propolis has natural antibiotic and antibacterial properties. It is, therefore, a valuable ally in the event of SIBO.
It improves the microbiota composition and fights against certain bacteria such as Escherichia coli. In addition, it reduces hyperpermeability and repairs damage to the intestinal mucosa, as shown in this study.

How to consumePropolis

it is available in capsules, gummies, ampoules, an alcohol-free liquid solution or mother tincture.

4. Probiotics

Probiotics are available in some foods and dietary supplements
Taking probiotics can be beneficial but only in addition to and/or following antibiotic treatment. Indeed, the bacteria being already very numerous in the small intestine, it is advisable to reduce them before taking probiotics.
The Saccharomyces boulardii and Lactobacillus rhamnosus strains are useful for strengthening intestinal permeability and intestinal mucosa barrier function. They make it possible to gradually regain a healthy microbiota.
In this study, taking lactobacilli helped reduce abdominal pain, flatulence, gastroesophageal reflux, and diarrhea associated with SIBO.

How to consume Probiotics

In capsules, tablets or powder. Choose a natural supplement containing at least 15 billion bacteria.

5. Reishi

Reishi is a functional mushroom
Reishi is a mushroom native to Asia. Immunity booster is also antibacterial. In particular, it inhibits the growth of Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus strains.
It contains sugars called “ beta-glucans,” which improve the health of the intestinal microbiota. After antibiotic treatment for SIBO, reishi acts as a prebiotic by stimulating the production of good bacteria, as shown in this study.
In addition, reishi has many mental benefits. It relieves the stress, anxiety and fatigue that people with SIBO often suffer.

How to consume reishi

it is available in capsules, tablets, powder or mother tincture. It can also be bought dried to make infusions or decoctions.

What is SIBO?

SIBO Causes and risk factors

SIBO Causes and risk factors

SIBO is a pathology still little known, and its exact causes have not been clearly defined. People with irritable bowel syndrome, celiacs or diabetics seem to be the most affected.
It can also be caused by another pathology such as hypochlorhydria (low gastric acidity), biliary insufficiency or by taking medication.
Finally, excessive consumption of coffee or alcohol, stress or a diet too rich in sugars are factors favoring SIBO.

SIBO The main symptoms

Among the most common symptoms are:
  1. Digestive disorders: bloating, flatulence, abdominal pain, diarrhea, etc.
  2. Chronic fatigue
  3. Cognitive disorders: brain fog, difficulty concentrating, etc.
  4. Nutritional deficiencies of B vitamins, vitamins A and D, omega-3, magnesium and zinc
  5. Weight loss

Small intestinal bacterial

SIBO is varied and can affect both the physical and the mental. Thus, eradicating excess bacteria from the small intestine is not enough.
It is advisable to have a global approach via a healthy and balanced diet, the practice of physical activity or better stress management. It is important to reduce all factors favoring bacterial overgrowth.