Soil-Based Probiotics and SIBO

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) occurs when excessive gut bacteria colonize the small intestines. This situation can create symptoms like painful gas, constipation (methane-dominant SIBO), diarrhea (hydrogen-dominant SIBO), abdominal cramping, and bloating.

These symptoms are more than annoyances, and if left untreated SIBO can lead to nutrient deficiencies and conditions like leaky gut, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), IBD (inflammatory bowel disease), autoimmune disorders, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and even cancer over time.

Correcting SIBO typically requires following steps like eliminating foods (temporarily) from the diet that feed the bacteria in the small intestine, reducing the excess bacteria with substances (like berberine or black walnut), and then restoring balance to the gut microbiome.

The intestinal microflora is complex and contains hundreds of known bacterial species, from Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium to Escherichia coli and Enterococcus faecalis. Some are beneficial, some are commensal, while others can be pathogenic.