Do you have hypothyroidism or diabetes and have bloating or constipation too? Not sure why you have digestive issues but want to know why? You might want to be tested for SIBO.
Typically, your digestive system passes food through your bowels without problems. However, when unwanted bacteria grow in your small intestine, the resulting Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) can cause symptoms like gas and diarrhea. SIBO has also been connected to conditions like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
Dr. Borenstein of Manhattan Integrative Medicine can help address your SIBO. The functional telemedicine doctor has experience with tests and treatments that can help to identify and tackle the gut bacteria, such as a breath test and abstaining from foods respectfully.
SIBO is an inflammatory gut biome imbalance. Specifically, bacteria that shouldn’t be in your small intestine grows.
SIBO may be caused by an impaired Migrating Motor Complex (MMC), the movement that clears out the intestine, resulting in undigested waste remaining in your small intestine.
Beside an impaired MMC, SIBO may be caused by issues that include:
Risk factors may include:
Dr. Borenstein will perform a physical exam on your stomach, as well as possibly a:
SIBO symptoms to be on the lookout for include:
If you have SIBO, you may also have other conditions, such as:
Dr. Borenstein will use the following SIBO treatments to try to (in this order):
Antibiotics like Neomyacin are used to kill bacteria, while prokinetics like Prucalopride are used to remove the remaining bacteria. Dr. Borenstein will explain to you the dosage and duration of these (or other) medications during your appointment.
Microb Clear is used to kill bacteria, and is a combination of ingredients that include magnesium caprylate, sweet wormwood, and black walnut.
Abstaining from certain foods may starve bacteria, such as:
Foods that contain healthy fats and lean proteins are eaten instead.
You can also engage in a low-fermentation diet to try to restore your MMC and rebalance your gut biome. Supplements you’ll take may include L-glutamine and bovine colostrum, and you might need to avoid medications like NSAIDS and birth control pills.
Dr. Borenstein will explain each of these dietary protocols in further detail.
Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth is a condition that shouldn’t be ignored. Make an appointment with Dr. Borenstein in New York today – call (212) 262-2412 or contact us here. You can also send mail to the SIBO specialist – Florida address 7901 4th St N, STE 300, St. Petersburg, FL 33702.
We provide SIBO telemedicine appointments to the entire state of Florida including: Miami, Aventura, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Tampa, Gainesville, Tallahassee, Sarasota, and Fort Myers.
We also offer telemedicine appointments for patients in NY, NJ and CT.