The small bowel is about 20 feet long. Like most other parts of the digestive tract, the small intestine (SI) contains a lot of bacteria. In contrast, the stomach doesn’t contain very many bacteria due to its acid content.
The SI contains much less bacteria than the large bowel. It’s estimated that there are anywhere from one thousand to three thousand bacteria per milliliter in the small bowel. The large intestine has over a billion bacteria per milliliter. There is research that suggests that small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) can be caused by some of the bacteria from the large bowel entering the SI and overgrowing. Other research reports that SIBO is a result of the Western dietary patterns.
Some of the prime causes of SIBO are antibiotics, stress, irritable bowel syndrome, and Crohn’s disease.
The oral contraceptive pill has been linked to SIBO. Many medications, such as proton-pump inhibitors or acid-blockers, have been linked to bacterial problems in the small intestine. It’s estimated that eighty to ninety percent of people with irritable bowel syndrome have SIBO.
It’s been estimated that six to fifteen percent of healthy people have asymptomatic SIBO.
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Symptoms of SIBO include the following:
· Cramping and abdominal pain
The bacterial overgrowth can also interfere with your vitamin B12 levels. Low B12 levels can result in a low mood, anemia, impaired cognitive function, low energy, and increased risk of serious diseases such as Parkinson’s disease.
SIBO can also interfere with bile acid function. As a result, the levels of fat-soluble vitamins like vitamins A, D, E, and K can become deficient. Iron levels can drop with SIBO resulting in anemia and poor immune function.
One of the reasons SIBO is so hard to treat is that it is located in an area of the body that is hard to access. One of the primary drugs used to treat SIBO is the antibiotic rifaximin. One prominent study
showed that about 60% get only side effects, no benefits, from taking rifaximin. I consider rifaximin to be a “one-trick pony” because it only has a narrow band of action in the small bowel.
Research has shown that you will get a better result from using a natural antimicrobial compared to using rifaximin. That is why I recommend using natural antimicrobials for treating SIBO.
CanXida Remove, the supplement I created, has been beneficial for a lot of people with SIBO. CanXida Remove has even helped people who did not respond to rifaximin. CanXida Remove should be used two to three times a day, for about two to three months. If you use CanXida Remove with a probiotic designed for people with SIBO, e.g., CanXida Restore, you are going to get an even better outcome. CanXida Remove has a broad spectrum of action, but it doesn’t kill off the beneficial bacteria. It also seems that the harmful bacteria don’t become resistant to CanXida Remove.
With the right kind of diet, natural antimicrobials, and probiotics, I believe you can see a great improvement in your SIBO.