Greetings. It’s naturopath Eric Bakker from
New Zealand, author of Candida Crusher, and also formulator of the Canxida range of dietary
supplements. Thanks for checking out my video. I’m going to do some more FAQs. I’m going
to do a series of frequently asked questions on SIBO or small intestinal bowel overgrowth.
I get emails all the time from people from many different countries now. In fact, I have
patients now in nearly 50 different countries around the world, all on Skype and on Face
Time. It’s quite exciting meeting all these new people. It’s amazing the kind of position
that I’m in. I really enjoy doing these internet consultations.
I’ve got a question here from a lady in India of all places. Eric, what is SIBO? Can you
tell me what SIBO is? There are a lot of misconceptions regarding
SIBO. In fact, I think there are many different types of bacterial overgrowth and we get experts
talking about SIBO, but what about LIBO, large intestinal bowel overgrowth. What about stomach
bacterial overgrowth? There are overgrowths of bacteria that can live right throughout
the digestive system. What about the oral cavity bacteria? Bacteria live all around
us, in us, and on us. Bacteria are not necessarily bad.
If we look at the digestive system, it’s basically a 20-foot long tube broken up into various
parts. And these parts do different jobs � for want of a better word. If we start with the
stomach, we’ve got an area that’s very important, it has a very low pH and an acid forming environment,
so it’s involved in taking the food we’re supposed to chew properly and mixing it up
with enzymes, take it further down where digestion starts occurring in the small intestine.
The small intestine is a very important part of the digestive system where most of your
digestive processes occur. There is also a large part of your immune system that resides
in the small intestine, so this is the part that we’re going to talk about. What is SIBO?
It’s an overgrowth of bacteria in this small intestinal tract. There are three parts to
the small intestine. You’ve got the duodenum, the jejunum, the central part, and the ileum,
or the terminal part. All of these parts have varying bacteria in them and varying pH or
acidity or alkalinity by which they work depending on many different factors. If we look at the
bacterial content of the small bowel compared to the large bowel, it’s quite remarkable.
It’s estimated we have around 10,000 to 15,000 bacteria per milliliter, which is only a thousandths
of a liter. It’s a very small amount of fluid. We’ve got 10,000 bacteria just in that small
amount. If we look at the large intestine, we’re looking
at literally a billion bacteria for the same quantity of digestive juices, so you’ve got
way more bacteria in the large intestine. That often is the reason why many people get
sick and they get bloating, gas, and lots of digestive problems. Candida can thrive
anywhere in the digestive system. Some people tend to have a lot more Candida in the large
intestine. Some tend to have it more in certain parts of the small intestine, but the SIBO
is a bacterial overgrowth. Generally, what you’ll find is it’s not one
particular species, but it will be several species of similar bacteria that we repeatedly
find in people. And this can cause a really big problem with people when they get an overgrowth
of these bacteria. Because the bacteria is so important for helping us maintain proper
digestion and absorption of the nutrients in the food that we eat. They are also very
important for ensuring we have good motility or movement of food and stool through the
digestive system. Once we start getting an imbalance, an overgrowth, we start getting
all sorts of flow on effects as a result of those processes being disturbed.
And you can see what happens if you’re not breaking down food properly, absorbing, and
digesting it, you’re going to get a lot of fatigue. You’re going to get poor growth or
recovery, poor recuperation, poor brain function, poor muscle function; lots of things are just
not going to work properly. If you get poor motility or what we call peristalsis through
the small bowel, you’re going to get a lot of pain, cramping, bloating, and all sorts
of weird sensations in the gut. And often they’ll occur here around the belly button
region, so SIBO will affect people here. People often say, “I’ve got a problem with my stomach.”
People tend to point lower down. SIBO can present itself in many different ways.
But suffice it to say, we need very good bacteria in this area if we want outstanding health.
That’s what we’re going to look at with our following videos. We’re going to look at causes
of SIBO, symptoms of SIBO, testing for SIBO, all these sorts of things. I just want to
explain in this video what SIBO really is. It’s an imbalance or overgrowth of these bacteria.
Thanks for tuning in. Catch up with you in the next video.