What Is SIBO Infection Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth
Greetings. It's naturopath Eric Bakker fromNew Zealand, author of Candida Crusher, and also formulator of the Canxida range of dietarysupplements. Thanks for checking out my tutorial. I'm going to do some more FAQs. I'm goingto do a series of frequently asked questions on SIBO or small intestinal bowel overgrowth.I get emails all the time from people from many different countries now. In fact, I havepatients now in nearly 50 different countries around the world, all on Skype and on FaceTime. It's quite exciting meeting all these new people. It's amazing the kind of positionthat I'm in. I really enjoy doing these internet consultations.I've got a question here from a lady in India
of all places. Eric, what is SIBOé Can youtell me what SIBO isé There are a lot of misconceptions regardingSIBO. In fact, I think there are many different types of bacterial overgrowth and we get expertstalking about SIBO, but what about LIBO, large intestinal bowel overgrowth. What about stomachbacterial overgrowthé There are overgrowths of bacteria that can live right throughoutthe digestive system. What about the oral cavity bacteriaé Bacteria live all aroundus, in us, and on us. Bacteria are not necessarily bad.If we look at the digestive system, it's basically a 20foot long tube broken up into variousparts. And these parts do different jobs ï¿½ for
want of a better word. If we start with thestomach, we've got an area that's very important, it has a very low pH and an acid forming environment,so it's involved in taking the food we're supposed to chew properly and mixing it upwith enzymes, take it further down where digestion starts occurring in the small intestine.The small intestine is a very important part of the digestive system where most of yourdigestive processes occur. There is also a large part of your immune system that residesin the small intestine, so this is the part that we're going to talk about. What is SIBOéIt's an overgrowth of bacteria in this small intestinal tract. There are three parts tothe small intestine. You've got the duodenum,
the jejunum, the central part, and the ileum,or the terminal part. All of these parts have varying bacteria in them and varying pH oracidity or alkalinity by which they work depending on many different factors. If we look at thebacterial content of the small bowel compared to the large bowel, it's quite remarkable.It's estimated we have around 10,000 to 15,000 bacteria per milliliter, which is only a thousandthsof a liter. It's a very small amount of fluid. We've got 10,000 bacteria just in that smallamount. If we look at the large intestine, we're lookingat literally a billion bacteria for the same quantity of digestive juices, so you've gotway more bacteria in the large intestine.
That often is the reason why many people getsick and they get bloating, gas, and lots of digestive problems. Candida can thriveanywhere in the digestive system. Some people tend to have a lot more Candida in the largeintestine. Some tend to have it more in certain parts of the small intestine, but the SIBOis a bacterial overgrowth. Generally, what you'll find is it's not oneparticular species, but it will be several species of similar bacteria that we repeatedlyfind in people. And this can cause a really big problem with people when they get an overgrowthof these bacteria. Because the bacteria is so important for helping us maintain properdigestion and absorption of the nutrients
in the food that we eat. They are also veryimportant for ensuring we have good motility or movement of food and stool through thedigestive system. Once we start getting an imbalance, an overgrowth, we start gettingall sorts of flow on effects as a result of those processes being disturbed.And you can see what happens if you're not breaking down food properly, absorbing, anddigesting it, you're going to get a lot of fatigue. You're going to get poor growth orrecovery, poor recuperation, poor brain function, poor muscle function; lots of things are justnot going to work properly. If you get poor motility or what we call peristalsis throughthe small bowel, you're going to get a lot