We are going to discuss testing for SIBO, which stands for Small Intestinal Bowel Overgrowth. Knowing the signs and symptoms is the first step in identifying a potential SIBO problem. So, how can you determine the presence of SIBO medically? While there are many tests available, breath tests, which measure hydrogen or methane gas produced by bacteria, have been traditionally used. However, these tests can often be inaccurate. Some individuals might show false results or inconsistent readings on the presence or absence of methane.
A more precise method to determine SIBO is through a stool test. This involves collecting stool samples on three consecutive days. The samples are then cultured and observed under a microscope in a lab setting. Before undergoing such tests, it’s recommended that patients avoid pharmaceutical medications or dietary supplements that could influence the bowel for about a week. Generally, patients are encouraged to maintain their regular diets for a genuine representation of the digestive contents.
One of the first aspects we assess in a stool test is the bacterial panel. This panel provides information on the beneficial, commensal, and dysbiotic bacteria present. Ideally, a healthy stool should have high levels of beneficial bacteria, such as E.coli, lactobacillus, and bifida bacteria. Unfortunately, many individuals show low levels of these essential bacteria and higher levels of dysbiotic ones. With SIBO, it’s not uncommon to culture multiple species of harmful bacteria.
Another crucial metric we observe is the immunoglobulin circulatory IgA, which should ideally be at a healthy level. Often, individuals with SIBO have this marker at low levels. Extending the analysis of the stool report can offer insights into various other factors.
It’s vital to recognize that numerous individuals with chronic Candida might also have chronic SIBO and Candida simultaneously. This overlapping condition is particularly common in people who’ve had repeated antibiotic treatments. Such medications can promote Candida growth, diminish beneficial bacteria, and give rise to a spectrum of bacterial imbalances in the system. In the most challenging cases, stool tests reveal multiple Candida species, a dearth of beneficial bacteria, and an abundance of dysbiotic bacteria.
|Breath Test||Often Inaccurate||Measures hydrogen or methane gas|
|Stool Test||More Accurate||Cultures and observes stool samples|
|Immunoglobulin Test||Varies||Monitors immunoglobulin circulatory IgA|
In response to the recurring problems encountered by such patients, our company developed the CanXida range of products. On a related note, prebiotics are substances we recommend those with SIBO to be cautious about, based on insights from various health professionals and our own research.
If you suspect you might have SIBO, consider starting with a high-quality antifungal product to see how your system responds. If you notice improvements, it might indicate a reduction in harmful bacteria. Though breath tests like the methane or hydrogen ones are options, their results aren’t always conclusive. Trusting your instincts and proactive treatment can often be more effective.
Disclaimer: This blog post is intended for informational purposes only. Please consult with your healthcare professional for personalized advice and before making any decisions about your health.