Sixty per cent of people with IBS-D are in fact suffering from small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) according to researchers writing in the medical journal Digestive Diseases and Sciences.
This research could pave the way to new effective treatments – possibly even a cure – for IBS-D. While other treatment methods, such as antispasmodic drugs and diet changes, focus on treating the symptoms of IBS-D, new treatments could address the underlying problem of bacterial overgrowth.
An IBS-D Cure?
The theory is simple: kill off the small intestinal bacteria that cause gas, bloating and diarrhea, and these symptoms will stop. However, doctors are reluctant to prescribe antibiotics for SIBO because of the side-effects they have on the whole body.
Natural SIBO Treatment
The naturalist approach to treating SIBO is to make use of natural antibiotics. These are foods that stop the growth of harmful bacterial species.
- Garlic – enteric-coated garlic capsules, which release only once they reach the intestines, are recommended – unless you want breath that can repel vampires!
- Peppermint oil – enteric-coated peppermint capsules release natural antibiotic peppermint oil into the intestines.
- SIBO diet – a diet very low in carbohydrates can starve bacteria and reverse SIBO.
Restoring Bacterial Balance
After taking antibiotics or following a SIBO diet to kill off bacterial overgrowth, it is essential to repopulate the gut with the ideal balance of intestinal bacteria. Without these bacteria, the body can’t digest most foods.
Florastor is the recommended probiotic for restoring intestinal balance.
Florastor contains live yeast cells of Saccharomyces boulardii. The yeast suppresses the growth of harmful bacteria, while promoting helpful organisms to thrive in the gut.