Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) is the excessive presence of bacteria in the small intestines of the human body. The bacteria overgrowth comprises of bacteria which are normally found in the large intestine or colon and can measure over 100,000 bacteria per ml of fluid. Similar to irritable bowel syndrome, SIBO is a chronic condition which can cause pain outside of the gastrointestinal tract and often neglected
An overgrowth of bacteria in your small intestine hampers normal digestion hence interfering with food absorption. Severe cases of SIBO can cause deficiency syndromes and malnutrition.
An overgrowth of bacteria can also damage the lining of the small intestine allowing bacteria to enter the bloodstream. This affects the health of your immune system and result in symptoms like body ache, fatigue and brainfog. It can also affect the health of your liver and brain as well.
The symptoms of SIBO are more or less similar to those of Irritable Bowel Syndrome:
Presence of mucus in the stool
Diarrhea and constipation
Abdominal cramps and pain
Vomiting and nausea
Anxiety and depression