Starting Steps For SIBO
So, you have SIBO, or you think that you do. As a reminder for those of you who are new to this acronym, SIBO stands for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. So often, I get questions about this during weekly Q&A coaching, so I decided to share my top three beginning steps to help you begin finding comfort while struggling with SIBO.
Try Limiting Garlic and Onion
I know that this might sound random, but onion and garlic are two of the most triggering foods for SIBO. While when the gut is in a healthy state, onion and garlic can be beneficial and feed good bacteria, they can both be very irritating while the gut is in a state of dysbiosis. Instead of using garlic and onion, try using chives or assafoetida, and Indian spice that is a more SIBO-friendly option.
2. Try Pausing The Probiotics
While probiotics are praised for being gut-friendly (and they should be praised, they can be great!), taking a brief break can be so helpful for SIBO. When someone has SIBO, they not only have an overabundance of bad bacteria, but also of good bacteria. By limiting bacterial intake in general (even probiotic rich foods, like yogurt and kombucha), the small intestine gets an opportunity to become more sterile, which is it's intended default.
3. Try Gargling, Singing, and Humming
If those first two tips weren't new to you, then this tip might be. When SIBO is present, there is poor vagal nerve function. In order to restore proper function, the vagus nerve needs to be stimulated. Gargling before bed, singing in the shower, humming while on a walk are all very easy ways to stimulate your vagus nerve on a daily basis.