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How To Overcome SIBO Symptoms w/ Dr. Megan Taylor

Finally getting to the route of your SIBO symptoms is usually more than just heading to the doctor for a blood test. There are so many other factors and indicators at play! From DNA tests and gene markers to vitamin deficiencies and dehydration, a little exploration into your health can go a long way.

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Managing Your Sibo Symptoms

Continuing my conversation with Dr. Megan Taylor, in this episode, we’re talking about how to help manage your SIBO symptoms. Treating SIBO can involve a number of different approaches, starting with, but not limited to, completing one of those ultra-popular DNA tests. These DNA tests not only give you ancestry information, but they’re also full of gene indicators and variants that will help you figure out your current health problems, and insight into whether you’ll be more susceptible to certain conditions in the future.

SIBO patients can have a hard time breaking down, digesting, and utilizing the food and drinks we consume. We talk about what the impact of being unable to break down stress neurotransmitters has on our body – as it’s often more subtle than you might think.

SIBO Supplementation is Integral

Vitamins and minerals should be supplemented, for quite a lot of the population, but in particular for SIBO patients. We should be looking at including extra B vitamins and iron into our daily routine. Often, and because of the way SIBO presents itself, there might be a worry of having too many B vitamins in our system – but current research shows that the body is able to expel what extra it has with no impact on the system.

What You Should And Shouldn’t Drink With SIBO

SIBO patients might find that they’re chronically thirsty and, even though they drink plenty of water every day, their thirst is real and constant. This is due to a disconnect within the adrenal glands, and Megan recommends using colorful sea salt in water a few times a day to help out sodium levels.

Finally, Megan shares how coffee impacts the adrenal glands of SIBO patients and whether or not we should be drinking coffee every day. Current research indicates that, in moderation, coffee is actually good for us… but does that apply when you have SIBO?

Do you drink coffee every day? How do you supplement your vitamins and minerals? Have you ever taken a DNA test like 23andme?

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In This Episode of SIBO SOS®:

  • What gene variants will make you more or less susceptible to certain conditions
  • Why SIBO patients have a hard time breaking down stress neurotransmitters and what impact this has
  • What high B vitamin levels can indicate for SIBO patients
  • What vitamins and supplements you should take when you have SIBO
  • How much water SIBO patients should drink every day
  • Why everyone should be including extra trace minerals in their water
  • What the connection between coffee and your adrenal glands is

 

Quotes:

“With a b12 deficiency, you end up not having as much cell division happening, so you end up with bigger cells because cells haven’t been able to go through the division process.” (9:49)

“Many SIBO patients have adrenal and salt balance issues in our bodies. Our adrenal glands are helpful for regulating salt in our blood. And that can contribute to hydration and not being able to hold onto our water.” (16:03)

“All the research out there is telling us that coffee in moderation, just like alcohol in moderation, can actually be really helpful. There’s a lot of antioxidants, among other things, in coffee.” (19:13)

 

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You can have regular, daily bowel movements and still be constipated. Indeed, regular movements are something we should all strive for, but when you’re still experiencing pain and discomfort in your abdomen, you might still have stool in the colon. Today, I’m continuing my conversation with the wonderful Dr. Megan Taylor, about how to treat constipation, particularly in children.

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Megan explains how there are different types of abdominal massage, some you can even do yourself, that help to loosen the stools in your intestines. When used regularly, these methods can help treat, and eventually prevent, constipation. At the very least, you’ll feel like your bowel movements have been improved.

We also talk about how important it is to find your perfect healthcare “dream team.” Of course, you should have a primary physician, but you can also include professionals like massage therapists, acupuncturists, nutritionists, mental health therapists, and others. And it’s so important to practice self-care, as well – including techniques like meditation and yoga can have a very positive impact on your gut health.

Finally, Megan explains why she likes to use testing as a diagnostic tool. She says that knowing what you’re treating is more beneficial than a trial and error approach.

Have you built a healthcare team for yourself to cover all aspects of your health? Do you have regular self-care practices you participate in? Have you ever tried abdominal massage?

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In This Episode:

  • How visceral manipulation and other methods of abdominal massage can help relieve constipation
  • How self-massage can assist in improving your bowel movements
  • Why you might need to see more than one professional to get the right healthcare for you
  • Who your medical “dream team” should consist of
  • What benefit acupuncture can have to your overall health and why you should consider it, even if you’re afraid of needles
  • How our gut health is connected to our mental health
  • What the connection between probiotics and prokinetics is
  • Why children with SIBO are easier to treat than adults and what the treatment approach is

 

Quotes:

“Most folks don’t have just one thing going on, sadly. It would make our lives so much easier [if we did]. We are at least going to have 2, 3, 4 things going on that are contributing to our symptoms, so we need to know what all those are.” (5:13)

“One important point I should probably mention: You could have a bowel movement every day and still have lots of stool in your colon.” (12:13)

“I like testing. I don’t like treating in the dark. I found that we end up trying a whole lot of things and we don’t get at what’s gonna work right away, as quickly. I can’t say that testing guarantees that, but it gets us closer.” (17:25)

 

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For some people, a SIBO diagnosis is a one and done treatment plan. For others, SIBO can be recurring and chronic, leading to lifelong symptoms and the need to make long-term changes to your life. Today’s guest, Dr. Megan Taylor, has had symptoms of SIBO since she was a child, but after finally getting a diagnosis in her 20s, started taking back control of her life.

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Megan works with children and adults to help them get to the bottom of their gastrointestinal issues, including SIBO and IBS. She believes that there is a lot of relief in finally getting a diagnosis of SIBO, because once you have one, you can start to treat and live with the condition. However, because of its nature, a SIBO diagnosis is far from easy, especially when it’s a recurrent condition.

A chronic diagnosis can come after a variety of tests and physical exams are performed. Megan’s was personally diagnosed after she had a “small bowel follow through” that declared she had a blockage in her small intestine. While she was disheartened to learn this was something she would have for her entire life, she knew she could manage it.

What made the difference for Megan was accepting her condition. When she learned to accept the body she has, instead of constantly striving to change it, she finally began to heal. By using both short-term and long-term changes, she has managed to successfully manage her SIBO for many years.

We talk about what some of these changes are, highlighting the importance of dietary changes to help control SIBO symptoms. Megan shares information about antimicrobials and prokinetics, as well, explains why these are both good to include in your routine, and, maybe most vitally, how to introduce them safely.

Do you have chronic SIBO? Have you introduced any prokinetics, herbal or otherwise, into your diet to help control your SIBO symptoms? What dietary changes have you made to help manage your SIBO?

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In This Episode:

  • What the journey from SIBO diagnosis to treatment is
  • Why SIBO can become a recurrent condition
  • What a small bowel follow through is and what it can tell you
  • How to live with and treat a chronic condition, such as recurrent SIBO
  • What changes you need to make in your life, both long and short term, to make a chronic condition more manageable
  • Why you need to come to terms with the fact that you have SIBO
  • How dietary modifications can have a positive impact on symptoms of SIBO
  • What medication is available and why it’s important to find one that works with your body
  • What herbal prokinetic options are available and how much you should take
  • How you can make prokinetics more manageable for your body

 

Quotes:

“I think the most important thing when you first get diagnosed with SIBO is to understand that SIBO is not really a diagnosis, right? SIBO happens as a result of some other underlying condition.” (2:48)

“You can live the life you want to live – with a chronic case of SIBO.” (6:30)

“If you struggle with constipation, and that’s kinda the big symptom that you’re working with with your SIBO… People with constipation really, really struggle with prokinetics. And there’s a lot of good, sciency stuff we could get into to explain why, but that build up of pressure as a result of constipation often will contribute to the tendency to develop reflux.” (18:56)

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Today on the show I’m talking to Dr. Kenneth Brown on what methane in cows can teach us about SIBO.

There’s no easy way to say it: Bloating causes more pain and discomfort for people than loose stools or constipation. And in the same vein, it’s more beneficial for our bodies if we treat the root cause of bloating before treating for the symptoms of the colon.

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Today’s guest, Dr. Kenneth Brown, is a gastroenterologist from Plano, Texas who runs a busy practice where he treats patients suffering with symptoms of bloating and abdominal pain. He has been instrumental in discovering the link between research into methane production in cattle and symptoms of SIBO in humans. Ken has used this information to develop the first all-natural supplement to help treat symptoms of methane production and SIBO.

Atrantil comprises only three natural ingredients that work together symbiotically to reduce methane production in the gut. If you’ve been suffering from bloating for only a short while, Atrantil will work a lot quicker than if you’ve been dealing with SIBO symptoms for many years. And many people who have successfully reduced their bloating like to continue taking a maintenance dosage of the supplement.

Atrantil is not only beneficial for those suffering from bloating, constipation, diarrhea, and other digestional issues. This supplement can also help people who show signs of gluten intolerance, rosacea, and other skin conditions, as well.

In this episode, we talk about what causes bloating and how you can start treating it at home, without any additional supplementation. We also look at why modern antibiotics aren’t always the best option when it comes to treating SIBO. Finally, we compare SIBO to SIFO and discuss the differences between bacterial and fungal overgrowth in the gut.

Do you suffer from bloating on a regular or semi-regular basis? How does your diet impact your gut health? What are you doing to combat the symptoms of your SIBO?  

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In This Episode:

  • How the research into reducing methane in cows lead to a breakthrough for SIBO
  • How the 3 ingredients that make up Atrantil work together to reduce methane production
  • Why it depends on how long you’ve had symptoms of SIBO for the Atrantil supplements to start having a positive impact
  • How can Atrantil help treat other symptoms like rosacea and gluten intolerance
  • Why our modern day antibiotics don’t often work against gut bacteria
  • Why you will feel so much better when you treat the bloating before you treat the symptoms of the colon
  • What type of diet will work best to help reduce symptoms of bloating
  • What the difference between SIBO and SIFO is

 

Quotes:

“Most of the people [in the clinical trial] started seeing a significant result between 10-20 days.” (7:33)

“We do know that if we treat SIBO, a lot of other issues get better.” (12:08)

“I think that bloating is probably the single biggest problem that really affects people. They can handle a little of loose stools, they can handle some constipation, but it’s the bloating that really is the disruptor.”(17:02)

“I would say that the majority of people that believe they have a Candida problem, it’s probably a bacterial overgrowth and we’ll treat that first. If they don’t respond, then we start thinking, well, maybe there is a small component of this fungus.” (21:18)  

 

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The Connection Between SIBO, IBS, IDB & Crohn’s w/ Dr. Ilana Gurevich

IBS is the most common GI disorder worldwide and SIBO tops the charts as the #1 cause of it. But what about those people who have Crohn’s or other inflammatory bowel diseases? I’m continuing my discussion with Dr. Ilana Gurevich by getting deeper into the different diagnoses of SIBO, IBS, and IBD.

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Dr. Ilana Gurevich is a naturopathic doctor specializing in gut diseases. Through careful stool analysis, sometimes even sending your stools to a specialist, her bold approach to treatment will help you solve your IBD issues. Though she often prescribes antibiotic treatments for SIBO, Dr. Ilana also prioritizes herbs and herbal treatments for her patients, sometimes in multiple courses. She also uses her background in acupuncture to help give a complete picture of your body’s health to help solve your IBD problems.

In this episode,  you’ll learn about the bacteria and fungus growth present in nearly 100% of Crohn’s Disease patients. You’ll also find out the truth behind testing stool samples – it’s not always enough to poop in a cup and look at it. We also talk about acupuncture and how this ancient Chinese healing art can be used to treat your gut problems. Have you ever tried acupuncture? How much water do you drink everyday? What’s your relationship with caffeine?  

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In This Episode:

  • What are the differences between SIBO, IBS, and IBD
  • What bacteria and fungus are present in nearly all people who have Crohn’s disease
  • Why stool tests don’t always give the entire picture of your bowel health
  • Where you can pick up parasites and how you can avoid them
  • How acupuncture can help with motility
  • How much water you should be drinking every single day
  • What the best source of caffeine is

 

Quotes:

“They just came out with a study about 6 or 7 months ago where they did stool cultures on inflammatory bowel disease patients and their families and what they found is this triad of two bacterias and a fungus that are all present in almost 100% of Crohn’s patients.” (5:26) “I see a lot of IBS patients, most of them don’t have IBD, most of them have some IBS within their IBD.” (14:03) “I cannot explain to you how much chronic disease stems from the mouth.” (27:16)  

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When it comes to treating symptoms of SIBO, many doctors will have a three-pronged approach. First, treat aggressively with either herbal or pharmaceutical antibiotics, then direct dietary intervention and motility agents, before filling the GI tract with the healthiest food and supplements to repair the lining. I’m talking with Dr. Ilana Gurevich about her approach to SIBO treatment and what she recommends for her patients.

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About Dr. Ilana Gurevich

Dr. Ilana Gurevich is a naturopathic physician and acupuncturist working in Portland, Oregon.

She specializes in IBD (Irritable Bowel Disease) and SIBO, along with other gastrointestinal disorders. Dr. Guervich takes a bold approach to treating her patients, often recommending they reintroduce onions and garlic immediately following their cleanse to determine if these will cause the patient to have a reaction.

We’re not only talking about what SIBO is and the methods Dr. Ilana Gurevich applies, we’re also exploring the wonderful world of homemade yogurt… and Dr. Ilana shares her famous homemade yogurt recipe.

Trust me, you need this yogurt in your life!

You’ll learn what your poop is actually made up of and you might be shocked to find out it’s not always just what you eat. We also look at pesticide use and GMO ingredients and think of ways you can reduce this in your daily life. Plus, we’re talking about treatment options and the possible side effects of SIBO medication.

Do you have SIBO or IBD? Have you ever tried making your own yogurt? How do you combat pesticide use in your daily life? Let me know in the comments!

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In This Episode

  • What medications, prescriptions, and herbal remedies are available to help treat SIBO
  • How you can take SIBO medication as preventative treatment
  • Why you should make homemade yogurt and how you can start
  • What leaky gut is and how you can start healing it
  • Why eating organic food is incredibly important while healing SIBO
  • How you can start making household swaps and homemade products
  • What some of the symptoms of starting SIBO medication are

Quotes

“You regrow a brand new intestine every three months. Most of your poop is not food: it’s cells from the intestine.” (10:55)

“The health-conscious community has changed the state of our food industry so much that McDonald’s is investing in a clean meat source.” (14:17)

“By the nature of your GI not working optimally, you have a higher likelihood of picking up things because with your motility agent dysfunctional, you don’t have that natural protection.” (22:27)

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SIBO, or Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth, is a condition where the good bacteria that grows in other parts of the gut migrate to the small intestine where it’s not supposed to be.

You’ll have symptoms of bloating, stomach pain, cramps, and, of course, gas.

The condition affects close to 60 million people across the United States, and guest, Dr. Mark Pimentel, and I have been chatting over the past year about what causes SIBO and how you can treat it.

 

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About Dr. Mark Pimentel

Dr. Mark Pimentel is the head of the Pimentel Laboratory and the Executive Director of the Medically Associated Science and Technology (MAST) program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

A leading specialist in studying the causes of SIBO, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), and other microbiome related diseases, Dr. Pimentel has been instrumental in delivering treatments, tests, and classifications of these gut diseases.

Dr. Pimentel believes that a SIBO diagnosis is often overused as it can be a catch-all for many different types of GI disorders and that it’s important to get to the root cause of the issue before starting treatment.

We talk about why your tummy makes noise, even when you’re not hungry and why you should probably be avoiding lactose in your diet. We look at the correlation between SIBO and other gut issues with certain vitamins, minerals, and gasses in the body.

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In This Episode

  • What some of the conditions that cause SIBO are
  • Why your tummy makes noise when you’re not hungry and what the migrating motor complex is
  • Why people with SIBO should steer clear of dairy products
  • What the relationship between SIBO, bacteria, and folate (iron) is
  • How methane contributes to weight gain and weight loss prevention
  • How you can incorporate probiotics in your diet when you have SIBO

Quotes

“My job is to prove that you don’t have SIBO first but if you do, then we need to prove why you have SIBO.” (3:24)

“The association between IBS and SIBO is clear. I’d say that probably 70% of IBS is SIBO.” (5:26)

“No human on the planet can drink a gallon of milk without getting bloated, because we only have so much enzyme to break down the lactose.” (9:17)

“You have various layers of protection against the outside world. So your skin on the outside of your body is very non-permeable to ward off infections. However, the gut is very special because you want it to absorb things… but not everything, such as certain toxins or some patients have multiple chemical sensitivities.” (24:05)

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SIBO, an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine, is something often overlooked by medical practitioners, but it’s a condition that is getting the spotlight more and more often these days. In fact, many physicians have specialized in SIBO because they themselves suffered in the past but never had real access to help. I’m talking with my personal SIBO specialist and world-renowned doctor, Dr. Allison Siebecker, about how she started offering SIBO treatment, as well as more insight into what SIBO actually is.

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About Dr. Allison Siebecker

Dr. Siebecker believes she has had SIBO since she was only 5 years old, when she was originally diagnosed with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). Though she followed medical advice for many years, her symptoms never got better, leading her to study naturopathic medicine. When this didn’t yield the help she wanted, Dr. Siebecker knew she needed to figure out the answers to SIBO for herself.

IBS is the #1 gastrointestinal disorder in the world with over 20% of the population suffering from it – and SIBO is the biggest contributing cause of it, but IBS isn’t the only disease associated with SIBO. We’re looking at how our guts are made up and what a properly working intestinal tract should do. We also talk about leaky gut, whether SIBO is a serious disease or not, and how long it’s going to take to cure your body of SIBO.

Have you been diagnosed with SIBO? Do you eat a lot of carbohydrates? How are you prioritizing SIBO treatment in your daily life? Let me know in the comments!

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In This Episode

  • How the intestinal tract is supposed to work and what it really looks like
  • How leaky gut is related to the gut and other parts of the body
  • What the symptoms of SIBO are, how they differ from IBS, and what other diseases are linked to SIBO
  • What tests you should ask your doctor to do if you suspect you have SIBO
  • How serious SIBO is, what causes it, and how long it takes to treat symptoms
  • Why diet alone won’t completely cure SIBO as the bacteria overgrowth needs to be removed completely

Quotes

“When we have SIBO, all of our digestion and absorption can be messed up and that is a lot of suffering and problems.” (3:02)

“If digestion is disordered, it can lead to so many other problems in the body.” (14:16)

“The thing about SIBO diets is that there’s no really one right way to approach the reduction of the carbohydrates because the right way would be to remove them all if we wanted to have no symptoms at all. But that wouldn’t be good, because we need carbohydrates in our diet.” (27:32)

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