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Published: February 1, 2021

How Do I Know If I Have IBS or SIBO?

Dr. Wendy Tao - Vancouver Naturopathic Doctor, answers a common question: Do I have IBS or SIBO? Here is the video:

In case you missed it, here is the transcript:

Dr Wendy Tao talks about IBS and SIBO

Do you have IBS or irritable bowel syndrome? I’m Dr. Wendy Tao, Naturopathic Doctor, practicing in both downtown Vancouver and North Burnaby. 

Signs and symptoms of IBS include: cramping, abdominal pain, gas, bloating, diarrhea, and/or constipation, or both. There is now evidence that the disturbance in the bacteria that populates the intestines, play a role in IBS. 

The initial part of the small intestine is designed to be free of bacteria, but patients with SIBO which stands for “Small Intestine Bacteria Overgrowth”, show the same symptoms as those that suffer from IBS. which are: pain, bloating, diarrhea, and digestive distress. SIBO is diagnosed by a breath test. where the presence of hydrogen or methane gas from this bacteria is measured. If found positive, a treatment plan would be to eliminate these bacteria in the gut with both herbs or antibiotics along with special diets.

If you think you may be suffering from IBS or SIBO, contact the BCNA (British Columbia Naturopathic Association) to get in touch with a Naturopathic Doctor near you.

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