What is SIBO? — SIBO occurs when bacteria enter your normally sterile small intestine and begin to colonize. Studies have indicated that potentially up to 80% of patients with IBS may in fact have SIBO.
Common symptoms and reasons to test for SIBO include:
- Irritable bowel disease
- Leaky gut syndrome
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Acid reflux
- Restless leg syndrome
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease
- Celiac disease
Breath testing measures the Hydrogen (H) & Methane (M) gas produced by bacteria in the small intestine that has diffused into the blood, then through the lungs, for expiration. H & M are gases produced by bacteria, not by humans. The gas is graphed over the Sl transit time of 2 or 3 hours & compared to baseline (or first breath sample). Patients drink a sugar solution of glucose or lactulose after a 1- or 2-day preparatory diet. The diet removes much of the food that would feed the bacteria, allowing for a clear reaction to the sugar drink.