IBS AND SIBO: Are They Related?

IBS AND SIBO: Are They Related?

Wendy Leung: IBS and SIBO – What’s the correlation and why is it so confusing? Watch this video for a clear explanation so
that you can understand what they are and what you can do about it. For the most helpful information you’ll find
about IBS online, subscribe to my channel and hit the bell to be notified every Friday
when I post a new video. If your head is spinning from all of the medical
jargon and you still don’t actually know what your diagnosis means, by the end of this video
you’ll have an ah-ha moment and a plan to help you get better. I’m Wendy Leung, Holistic Health and Happiness
Coach, Licensed Acupuncturist and Powerhouse IBS Conqueror, and I totally understand your
diagnosis confusion. I help my clients understand their health
and heal their guts for good. And now I’m sharing with you, too. So your doctors have told you that you have
IBS and you have SIBO. Or you thought you had IBS but now they’re
telling you it’s actually SIBO. So, what’s the real answer, and more importantly,
what can you do about it? In my last episode, I explained that the S
in IBS is Syndrome, referring to a collection of related digestive symptoms for which the
cause is undefined. That means that medical science doesn’t know
what causes IBS. Or do they? now, what the heck is SIBO and how does it
relate to IBS? Did your doctors explain to you to what IBS
and SIBO are? Let me know by dropping a yes or no in the
comments below. SIBO stands for Small Intestinal Bacterial
Overgrowth. All sorts of different tiny organisms live
in your gut. Bacteria, fungi, viruses, and that’s totally
normal. That’s where they belong. There’s an estimated five hundred to a thousand
different types of bacteria in your gut alone, with most of them living in your small and
large intestine. In a healthy gut, certain things keep the
bacterial population in check, like bile, mucus, regular intestinal spasms, a valve
that physically separates your small intestine from your large intestine, and eating a proper
diet. But if these things stop working, that can
lead to bacterial overgrowth and if that happens in your small intestine, then that’s SIBO. SIBO used to be hard to detect because it
involved a very finicky culture sample testing. But now doctors are using a breath test, which
is why you’re starting to hear more about it. Western medicine still has a huge question
mark when it comes to IBS and what causes it, but there’s a debate that in some cases,
not all, that SIBO might be the underlying cause. The symptoms are very similar. Extreme bloating, diarrhea or constipation,
pain, smelly gas. So it makes sense for your doctors to be adding
a SIBO test to the already long list of diagnostic tests that they’re putting you through. Now, what does that mean for those of you
who are struggling with these symptoms? If you’ve been diagnosed with SIBO, doctors
will put you on a course of antibiotics to try and get the bacteria under control. Studies show that this works for some people,
but not for others because the drugs only treat the overgrowth, not the reason behind
it which means that it could just reoccur. Also, long term use of antibiotics are notoriously
known for weakening your gut, so it could cause even more digestive issues long term. From a traditional Chinese medicine perspective,
or TCM for short, whether you have IBS or you have SIBO, we recognize that your digestive
system is out of balance. We don’t actually need to know if there’s
a bacterial overgrowth or not to be able to help you recover from your painful gut symptoms. The bottom line is, your gut is too weak to
perform its regular functions and it needs to be strengthened and supported for it to
be able to start doing its job properly again. If you want to learn more about how to do
that, I’ve got a free online class that’ll teach you exactly that. The link is in the description box below. So to recap, IBS and SIBO are two Western
medical diagnoses that share very similar symptoms and they may or may not be related. The jury’s still out. TCM sees all of these symptoms as a weak digestive
system, and we strengthen it with the right eating habits and a gut-supporting diet. Online class in the description box below. If you want a little more time to digest this
information, sign up for my newsletter and I will send you a Gut Digest 101 booklet,
where I explain and summarize all of these things in an easy to understand way. The link is in the description box below. Also, come join a tribe of people just like
you in my Facebook community of Powerful Women Conquering IBS, where I share even more tips
on how to kickstart your IBS journey to health. If you like this video, let me know by liking
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3 thoughts on “IBS AND SIBO: Are They Related?

  1. Hi – thanks for watching the video! Have your doctors discussed SIBO with you? Let me know below in the comments and have a great day!

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