All About SIBO – Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (1/3)

All About SIBO – Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (1/3)


I’m Dr. Christopher Mote. Our clinic is
Cornerstone Health Community, and today I wanna talk to you about SIBO,
something you’re hearing probably a lot about on the Internet. It’s not a new
thing – it’s been around quite some time. Our understanding of it has evolved, and
so I just want to share with you our latest understanding of what causes it,
how it manifests, the symptoms to look for, and we’re even going to talk about
testing and treatment. We’re gonna break this into three parts, so first, let’s
start with a basic understanding. If you look at my drawing,you’re gonna see very
quickly why I’m a medical doctor and not an artist.
But I want you to see the stomach, and then as food passes out it goes into the
small intestine, it eventually will end up in the colon which is a large holding
tube, before it’s evacuated. And if you understand just that basic anatomy then
you can follow me. Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth is a simple problem,
but it has complex underpinnings. So you take bacteria that are normally populous
within the large bowel, and they have many functions. But they should not be in
large numbers in the small bowel, and so the name Small Intestinal Bacterial
Overgrowth tells you what happens. As food comes through the digestive system,
when it’s not properly broken down first by your chewing from large to small
molecules, and then your stomach acid from small molecules to even smaller
molecules, and finally with digestive enzymes and churning mechanisms into the
smallest little absorbable amino acids and molecules, if it doesn’t get to this
point then it’s going all the way through, And undigested food, unabsorbed
food, is going to dump in the colon. We call that colonic dumping syndrome. And
when you have that, you’re gonna get undigested food – that is the food for
bacteria – and they will overpopulate very quickly, within weeks or months. And so
these bacteria then go looking for a new home – there isn’t space. When they push
into the small bowel, that tissue is not going to resist very easily. Gas
production: so you have pain, bloating, gas, and a lot of stool changes – hard or loose.
Those are the hallmarks of bacterial overgrowth. Now that you
understand what’s happening and some of the underlying problems, in our next
video we want to talk about, well, what underlies that, and actually, how do we
test and how do we treat it.

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