Food Sensitivity And Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth(SIBO)

  • Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth or SIBO, has recently been identified as one of the roots of the inflammation that causes IBS and other bowel disorders.
  • SIBO is defined as abnormally high numbers of coliform bacteria in the small intestine.
  • The most common symptoms associated with SIBO include diarrhea, flatulence, abdominal pain and bloating. These symptoms are common for many patients who suffer from GI disorders.
  • So what does SIBO have to do with inflammation and food sensitivities? The short answer is that SIBO causes damage to cells of the gut wall in the small intestine.
  • Patients with untreated SIBO typically also have food sensitivities. Food sensitivities are delayed immune reactions (they don’t occur immediately like a food allergy) and can occur up to 72 hours after eating an offending food.
  • In order to treat food sensitivities, the cause must be treated, and that includes SIBO Treatment, followed by elimination of the offending foods, and gut healing interventions.
  • The Mediator Release Test can identify an immune reaction against 85-170 different foods and/or food chemicals.  
  • Once these offending foods are removed from the diet, and the patient focuses her/his diet on the low-reactive (green) foods, a primary source of inflammation has been eliminated.
  • The immune system begins to “reset” – reactive white blood cells die off and are replaced by non–reactive new white blood cells.
  • Over time, the body heals from the damage done by the inflammatory processes.
  • The MRT identifies foods that result in inflammation due to Type 3 (IgG-mediated) immune processes as well as Type 4 (cell-mediated) immune processes. As such, it is the only patented test that covers both pathways.
  • NIH Journal Article

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