COLORADO SPRINGS – We’re following a story from earlier this month about the subtle and lingering warning signs of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth or SIBO and how some of the everyday symptoms of bloating and abdominal pain can be affected by the way of life.
Your Family Health: What is SIBO and the warning signs and symptoms to watch out for
Katie Hachuela is a nurse practitioner at Gastroenterology Associates in Colorado Springs, who says, “I think it’s important to note that lifestyle really plays a role. People with chronic stress will not allow healing. There is also a diet element that you are going to want to limit fermentable carbs like apples, garlic, onions and asparagus which are really going to feed that bacterial overgrowth. Limiting these items will help lower your gas levels and reduce symptoms.
Along with reducing stress and certain foods, Katie says other things to consider are how much rest you get, as well as when it comes to diet — not just what you eat, but how you eat it. eat and also how much.
“People not getting enough sleep, that’s huge and that’s part of healing, and another thing that I find a lot of people do is they don’t really have good eating habits. I think it’s important to limit the amount of liquid you drink with a meal. Chewing is also important, many people only chew about six times before swallowing and that is not enough. Generally, people are recommended to chew about 30 times before swallowing. So there is plenty of room for simple improvements. Also, limiting meal sizes or having smaller portions can help, and really trying to eat in a relaxing environment and breathing deeply before you start eating can be really helpful.
Katie says that as we age and our hormones change, it can play a role in our overall digestive health.
“Hormones definitely play a role – but I find people who have more hormonal symptoms (in the gut) are generally more cyclical, not more consistent with SIBO. That may be a big part of what’s causing gas or bloating or even indigestion, heartburn or reflux Watching hormones is one of our tools we need to use to rule things out, and SIBO could certainly have other causes Many gastro symptoms Gut damage can be caused by different things, so it’s nice to have the ability to test and rule it out or not.
Finally, as Katie mentioned earlier, not only can diet play a role in contributing to SIBO, but certain diets can also be used to treat it.
“One is called a low FODmap diet, and it’s not a diet you’d want to continue long-term because those fermentable carbs are also what feed the bacteria in our microbiome, and that’s so important for our health. The FODmap diet is used temporarily but you really want to be able to overcome SIBO and then restore a more diverse diet. There is also something called an elemental diet which is a powder that you mix with a liquid. I have tend to use it more for my more stubborn cases of SIBO because it’s hard to tolerate, and you really don’t eat food, but it’s certainly nice to have options that we can treat SIBO with.
If you have any questions, consult your doctor or you can contact the people at Colorado Springs Gastroenterology Associates by visiting their website or calling them at 719-632-7101
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