Podcast Episode 150 : The Root Causes of SIBO and What You Need in Your Healing Arsenal

What do you need in your healing arsenal to treat SIBO? Let’s take a deeper dive into SIBO with food and health writer Phoebe Lapine.


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Topics Discussed in This Episode:

  • Intermittent fasting
  • The root causes of SIBO and its symptoms
  • Tips to improve stomach acid
  • Why women get more bloated than men
  • Why getting the SIBO test is important and how you should prepare for it
  • What supplementation you need if you’re prone to SIBO
  • How food and nutrition can impact SIBO
  • The connection between Hashimoto’s and SIBO


Key Takeaways:

  • SIBO stands for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. It’s not a disease in and of itself but a sign that something has gone wrong in your body. 
  • The majority of your gut bacteria is in your large intestine. Your small intestine is where you absorb your nutrients, so it isn’t designed to withstand large numbers of gut bacteria. When a large number of bacteria is present there, they compete for your nutrients.
  • Research shows that the vast majority of all IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) cases are caused by SIBO.
  • Your liver is an integral part of your digestive system. When you’re told “You have to heal your gut,” this includes your liver too.
  • Diet is not a treatment for SIBO. Rather, it’s a supplemental strategy that can help you reduce the symptoms.
  • Diets that are primarily for SIBO/IBS are incredibly restrictive. It would be ideal to find some sort of a happy medium. If you reduce your diet too much during treatment, you may risk that some of the bacteria just go into hibernation. On the other hand, you don’t want to be eating things that are going to make you miserable.


Action Steps:

  • Improve your stomach acid by taking fresh lemon juice. Or you can dilute a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with water and drink it 15 to 30 minutes before a meal.
  • Practice mindful eating.
  • If you’re experiencing any symptoms of SIBO, get the SIBO test.
  • Supplement with digestive enzymes and vitamin D.
  • Eat like you’re a pregnant person if you know that you’re prone to food poisoning.
  • Space out your meals and don’t snack as much.


Phoebe said:

“Everyone’s SIBO is very different from one another, partially because everyone’s microbiome is more unique than a fingerprint. That is true no matter where the bacteria are taking up residence. And it’s one reason why SIBO can be complicated to treat.”


“People often forget that treatment is very different from healing. And oftentimes, treatment in and of itself can cause more damage and require more healing.”


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