Can a gluten-free diet help people with SIBO? That’s a good question. Can a dairy-free diet help people with SIBO? Can a vegan diet, can have paleo diet, can have a blah blah blah diet? When it comes to individuality and a selection of foods, particularly when you’ve got conditions like a small intestinal bowel issue, okay, it’s very, very personal. Please, don’t listen to everybody out there on the internet who says, “Thou shall not eat this with SIBO. Thall shall not eat that.” Okay. Because those 10 commandments at that person’s written are not for your SIBO case. They’re likely for that SIBO case that person’s got.
I read a very interesting article in the newspaper yesterday regarding how social media now is spawning this massive amount of people online regarding food and diet to becoming like instant experts and stuff. Things that took me a long, long time to really understand, and even furthermore to get experienced with, people are now are just spouting off on Instagram and on Facebook and they’re all becoming like amazing gurus on this and gurus on that. And these are all guys in their 20s, and it really annoys the hell out of me, okay.
It doesn’t annoy me that they do this, but what annoys me is that misinformation, okay, especially when it comes to gluten and dairy and meat and all sorts of foods. There’s so much BS out there. It’s sickening, all right.
So is gluten okay with SIBO? Yes, it is; and no, it’s not. It depends on your gut. It depends on your ability to handle gluten. It depends on how bad the bacterial overgrowth is in your gut.
It depends if there’s yeast there. It depends on the availability of beneficial bacteria. So there are many, many factors that come into play that’ll answer that question affirmative or negative.
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Just because some joker has come out and is talking about leaky gut and gluten. Dr. [Alessio] Fasano is a scientist who’s basically worked out that gluten really can have a negative effect on the small intestine. But it doesn’t mean to say it’s going to have a negative effect on your small intestine, all right. Horses for courses. It depends on the exposure. It depends on the state of your gut. But as I said before, it depends on how much gluten you’re consuming and how bad they gut really is.
Most people can get away with eating some amount of gluten in their diet, but it’s like anything else. If you overstep the mark and that thing becomes completely imbalanced, well, then you probably can’t. Your gut probably can’t accept that gluten load.
Remember, there are countries like Japan where they actually make dishes that are just made out of gluten, just pure gluten. So I will not buy for one minute the line that every single person has to avoid gluten because it’s radioactive stuff and it kills them. It’s crap. Many people enjoy eating bread, one or two slices. Many people eat gluten in different forms. It’s not to say it’s really going to harm you or make you sick.
We don’t even know how it affects every single person out there, okay. Just because zanolin’s being discovered and it’s a protein that’s found that everybody produces and it’s a marker for a leaky gut, okay.
Again, it doesn’t mean to say that this necessarily has an implication on your ability to eat gluten or not with SIBO. So you need to experiment with gluten yourself to see how it fits with your gut. If you want to take it out in the bad stages, maybe introduce it later on, it’s up to you. But just remember, there are a lot of people out there that will be very happy to take you down online as soon as you talk that you’re eating gluten. They’ll immediately point the finger at it.
20 years ago, nobody talked about gluten. Now everybody’s basically saying it is bad as Novichok, that neurotoxin. I’ve seen some websites that literally say it’s that bad.
All right, so don’t fall for it. You experiment, you try it yourself and understand that if the guts in and bad shape, you’ll obviously need to pull a lot of things back and then slowly introduce those things in time. But if you’ve got a love affair with bread, if you love gluten and you have got to gut a problem, now that could be a big issue. In that case, you’ll need to seriously cut back and maybe even temporarily stop it. But you know what, that goes with any food if you’ve got that addiction to it.
There you have it. The question is, can a gluten-free diet help with SIBO? Yes and no, it depends on the case. I don’t believe it’s the be all end all. I think one of the biggest things with SIBO, in my opinion, is to do a proper stool analysis identification of the species that you need to get in balance.
Work on that, restore the diet and restore the lifestyle, and then gluten won’t be an issue anymore. That’s my opinion. Have a great day.