Live Well Wellness Center

Integrative Medical Center located in Chandler, AZ

Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is one of the most common causes of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). At Live Well Wellness Center in Chandler, Arizona, Jessica Schrand, NMD, Michelle McConnell, NMD, and the team offer integrative and holistic treatments for SIBO. A combination of healthy lifestyle changes and improved nutrition can ease gastrointestinal symptoms and improve your quality of life. Call Live Well Wellness Center to learn more about the treatment options for SIBO, or request an appointment online today.

    SIBO Q&A

    What is SIBO?

    Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) occurs when there’s an abnormal increase in the number of bacteria in your small intestine.

    ​​​​​​​Often, SIBO happens when surgery or a gastrointestinal disease affects the flow of food or waste through your digestive tract. These changes allow certain bacteria to thrive, increasing your risk of malnutrition and other potentially serious issues.

    What are the symptoms of SIBO?

    Symptoms of SIBO include:

    • Loss of appetite

    • Abdominal pain

    • Nausea

    • Bloating

    • Feeling uncomfortably full after eating

    • Diarrhea

    • Vitamin deficiencies

    When left untreated, many people with SIBO experience unexplained weight loss.

    Should I see a doctor about SIBO?

    Make an appointment with the experienced naturopathic medicine team at Live Well Wellness Center if you regularly experience digestive issues like nausea, bloating, or diarrhea. That’s especially true if your symptoms last more than a few days or affect your normal routine.

    How is SIBO diagnosed?

    Your Live Well Wellness Center provider reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms and lifestyle. Next, they order several tests to check for bacterial overgrowth, including:

    Breath testing

    At the beginning of a breath test, you drink a glucose and water mixture and exhale into a special mouthpiece. The mouthpiece connects to a computer that analyzes the amount of hydrogen or methane in your breath. High levels of one or both gasses may indicate bacterial overgrowth.

    Small intestine aspirate and fluid culture

    This test occurs under anesthesia.

    After you fall asleep, your Live Well Wellness Center provider inserts an endoscope –– a thin tube with a camera and light on the end –– through your mouth, down your esophagus, and into your small intestine. Once the endoscope is in position, your provider collects a sample of intestinal fluid and sends it to a nearby lab for analysis.

    ​​​​​​​Aspirate and fluid culture testing are generally more accurate than breath testing.

    How is SIBO treated?

    Treatment of SIBO depends on the underlying cause of bacterial overgrowth. The naturopathic medicine providers might recommend:

    • Antibiotic therapy to keep harmful bacteria under control

    • Nutritional support with supplements or vitamins

    • Eating a lactose-free diet

    • Exercising regularly

    • Avoiding alcohol and caffeine

    • Quitting smoking

    The team monitors your symptoms during the treatment, making adjustments to your personalized care plan as necessary.

    ​​​​​​​Call Live Well Wellness Center to receive treatment for SIBO, or request an appointment online today.