The Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth or SIBO is one of the top ways to treat some conditions that are associated with the digestive system. Typically a person in good health has a low amount of good bacteria in the upper area of the small intestine, but at much higher levels these good bacteria can end up causing a lot of problems.

Symptoms of SIBO

There is a huge range of symptoms that can manifest themselves with SIBO, but it might not be recognizable at first because these symptoms can go with many other problems. The symptoms include:

  • Cramps or pain in the abdomen
  • Gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Acid reflux
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Dehydration

There are other symptoms that are serious and if they are manifested should be reported to the doctor right away. These include:

  •  Weight loss
  • Inability to digest fats
  • Bruising and bleeding
  • Bone pain or fractures
  • Night bleeding

Diseases associated with SIBO

There are some diseases that have been researched and conclusions have been reached about their association with SIBO. The diseases range from problems with the lungs to those that affect the bowels. The diseases that are associated with SIBO include:

  •  Celiac disease
  • IBS or irritable bowel syndrome
  • Asthma
  • Skin Problems
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis

Types of SIBO Diets

There is a wide range of different diets that have been used to treat any of the issues that arise with SIBO. These diets include:

  • Fast Tract Diet – This diet cuts out fructose, lactose, starches that are resistant, sugar alcohols and fiber. Instead of putting a limit on all of the carbohydrates the diet merely restricts these because they have a high level of potential for fermenting
  • Paleo diet – This diet is one that says we should go back to eating like our ancestors since they had diets that were much healthier than the ones of today. That means people who are in tropical areas should eat more fruits, while those who are near large bodies of water should concentrate on seafood
  • Specific Carbohydrate Diet – This diet can be used to treat Celiac disease and it only allows for certain starches and sugars. This means that starch and grains should be limited, but glucose and other simple sugars are fine
  • GAPS Diet – This diet is an evolution of the specific carbohydrates diet and includes more probiotic rich foods, liver detoxification methods, supplements and environmental trigger respect the diet where it originates
  • Diet low in starch – This diet is used in ankylosing spondylitis or AS, and research shows there is a direct correlation between the starches and the immune system. A lower amount of starches should be consumed under this diet
  • FODMAP Diet – This diet is low in fermentable Oligo, di-, mono and polysaccharides which occur naturally in fruits, dairy, beans, grains and sugars 


There is a huge range of different diets that can be used and maintained to help SIBO. Find the one that works best and stick to it to keep the health of the digestive system at an ideal level.