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Emma’s Research: Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth (SIBO)



At the end of June, Tracey Randell, a Functional Medicine Practitioner and expert in gut health, ran an Advanced Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth (SIBO) Workshop. Tracey runs the IBS Clinics on Harley Street and works for the well-known laboratory BioLab.

According to research, 60-84% of all IBS is considered to be SIBO. It is only beginning to be understood, and is a complex condition which requires proper assessment and treatment. It is associated with many different symptoms but the main ones include:

  • bloating (belching and flatulence),
  • digestive pain,
  • diarrhoea and/or constipation,
  • food intolerances,
  • acid reflux and nausea,
  • fatigue, anxiety and brain fog,
  • headaches, and
  • rashes.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, it can worth finding out whether the underlying cause is SIBO. It can often be triggered by food poisoning, stress, antibiotics, and tummy bugs. SIBO damages the walls of the small intestine leading to malabsorption and increased food sensitivities.

Testing can help determine what the best treatment be according to the gas and amount of it produced.

A couple of years ago, I did an thorough course on SIBO which gave me the foundation knowledge to support people with this condition. This recent course filled in the gaps and gave me the detailed information I needed to help treat more complex cases. It was great to be around other experienced practitioners who were also seeing lots of their own clients with SIBO. We went into much more detail regarding testing, the different diets available and when to recommend them, and the supplement that have really been shown to work in Tracey’s clinical practice.

One of the subjects I knew a little bit about but learnt far more about was the association with histamine problems that result from SIBO. When people have difficulty dealing with histamine in their body, it can be a bit of a minefield and very complex. It was wonderful to understand it in more detail and learn the clinical pearls that work for Tracey.

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