overdosing on too many carbs... unless those carbs carried a pathogenic bug and gave you food poisoning! Read on to find out what has to go wrong for SIBO to develop.
HOW DOES BACTERIA GET INTO OUR SMALL INTESTINE in the first place?
There are 4 ways bacteria get into our small intestine:
Notice that the first two (and maybe the third) are normal physiological functions, while only the last one is pathological (back-flow from the large intestine). So, how does our body prevent SIBO under normal circumstances when there is bacteria continually entering the small intestine?
HOW OUR BODIES PREVENT SIBO
Our bodies have many ways to prevent bacterial accumulation in our small intestine, including:
One or more of these protective mechanisms need to fail for SIBO to develop.
The Root CAUSES OF SIBO
Now that you know the ways in which our bodies prevent bacterial accumulation in the small intestine, you can probably guess what the root causes SIBO are. When we are investigating what causes SIBO, the question isn't so much how the bacteria got there, because as I explained, bacteria are always entering. It is more of a question of why aren't the bacteria being removed or killed. Here are the root causes:
the origin of the Root Cause of SIBO
There are an infinite amount of things that can cause the root cause of SIBO. In real life, this is a very long list. Here are some of them:
This is just a short list. As you can see, this list could get quite long if we included everything that could cause our protective mechanisms against SIBO to malfunction. The key to successful SIBO treatment is investigating what is causing SIBO and address is, as well as treat the SIBO itself.
I would like to hear from you!
If you have SIBO, do you know what has caused it?
Lindsay Rusk, R.Ac., fmp
Lindsay Is a Registered Acupuncturist, Functional Medicine Practitioner, Health Investigator, Paleo Enthusiast, and Blogger.
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