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What looks like poor digestion could be a disorder called small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).
An overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine is a condition known as small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).
As we mentioned before, SIBO looks a lot like “poor digestion.” This means that SIBO can show up in the body as:
Nature has designed our bodies so that within our guts there is a living, thriving inner ecosystem. This ecosystem is in place for many reasons. Healthy microflora do wonderful things in our bodies. They:
We know that our small intestine was designed to house helpful bacteria. If this is true, how is it possible that we could have too many? Remember that:
In the presence of too much food, especially starchy foods and sugars which bacteria thrive on, bacterial overgrowth will lead to fermentation. When food ferments in the gut, this generates:
Over time, SIBO can also generate an immune response in the gut. When the immune response is activated, inflammatory messages are released, and this begins an inflammatory cascade in the small intestine. This leads to tissue damage.
Both inflammation and damaged gut tissue will make the gut wall permeable. Once the gut becomes permeable, the entire body is more susceptible to an off-kilter immune response. These systemic immune reactions commonly show up as:
Digestive power is a combination of many functions coming together. When any one element of this trio is dysfunctional or not up-to-speed, bacteria can work their way into the small intestine and set up shop. When we eat the wrong foods or too much of any food, this can lead to fermentation. When we eat on the go, when angry or upset, or when the stress response has been activated, this can also lead to fermentation.
The three elements responsible for healthy digestive power are:
Low levels of stomach acid are common and, contrary to popular belief, are actually one of the main culprits responsible for heartburn. Body Ecology Assist Dairy & Protein strengthens digestive fire because it contains HCL, along with other enzymes, to break down proteins.
Medications to treat heartburn, like proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), will lower stomach acid levels and actually promote SIBO.
The enzymes most responsible for breaking down food, moving it along, and keeping the gut healthy are called brush border enzymes.
Beneficial bacteria keep our inner ecosystems in balance.
The Body Ecology Diet recommends fermented foods as the primary way to inoculate the gut with beneficial microflora, which will help to create a balanced inner ecosystem.
The Body Ecology Core Programs have been designed by Donna Gates after 30 years of research to help address digestive issues like gas, bloating, and heartburn.
What many people call poor digestion could be a disorder called small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, or SIBO. This condition can cause heartburn, bloating, gas, and constipation and is a result of an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine.
To treat this condition, you must strengthen your digestive power by ensuring you have enough stomach acid to prevent heartburn, breaking down food with brush border enzymes, and populating your gut with healthy bacteria to balance your inner ecosystem. This combination will promote digestive health to reduce inflammation and heal damaged gut tissue that commonly causes skin rashes, joint pain, food allergies, and brain fog.
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