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Total Health Clinic in Kamloops, BC

SIBO/IBS Treatment

I take specific clinical interest in gut health, helping my patients and get to the root cause of their symptoms. You do not have to live in discomfort—through proper testing, treatment and resolution, we can find your optimal gut health. I am currently accepting new naturopathic patients at Total Health Clinic in Kamloops, BC.

SIBO Treatment

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) is a condition in which an excessive amount of bacteria end up residing within the small intestines. The majority of bacteria in our gastrointestinal system feed on fibers and certain sugars such as lactose (milk sugar) and fructose (fruit sugar). When the bacteria feed, they immediately begin to produce gases such as hydrogen and methane. If SIBO is present, there ends up being an excessive amount of hydrogen and/or methane being produced within the small intestines, which leads a variety of symptoms as the small intestines expand.

IBS Treatment

Research over the last 15 years has shown a major connection between SIBO and IBS.  Specifically, up to 84% of IBS cases will test positive for SIBO. And when you treat the SIBO, the IBS goes away.  Therefore, SIBO is now considered the #1 root cause behind IBS. Dr. Falk extensive clinical expertise in SIBO testing, treatment and resolution as well as all things gut related. 

SIBO Treatment FAQs

What is SIBO?

SIBO stands for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. As the name implies, there are too many bacteria thriving in the small intestine without being adequately pushed to the large intestine. SIBO can happen as a result of a variety of health conditions, such as stress, concussions, and even eating too frequently.

Do I have SIBO or IBS?

Did you know that up to 84% of Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) cases will test positive for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)? Misdiagnoses are common between these two, as the symptoms tend to overlap, however, IBS is typically the overarching diagnosis for GI symptoms when the root cause is unclear.

Should I test for SIBO?

If you struggle with abdominal bloating, pain, cramps, diarrhea, constipation, excessive belching, heartburn or nausea, you'll likely want to consider testing for SIBO.

How long will my SIBO treatment be?

Treatment length varies patient to patient. Generally, there are 3 phases to treatment, and the timing of each phase varies depending on the type and severity of SIBO. After the first few weeks of treatment, patients notice an improvement in their symptoms. As a general rule of thumb, entire treatment can last a few months, but as mentioned previously, patients generally notice improvements in their health within the first weeks of treament.

Is it true fruits and vegetables can aggravate my SIBO symptoms?

Yes, absolutely. When foods are high in fibre, they provide food to the bacteria in which they are able to consume and produce gasses that will aggravate SIBO symptoms.

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