SIBO Testing Melbourne
urban sense wellness clinic offers SIBO testing services to its Melbourne patients.
SIBO or Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth is a condition where bacterial overgrowth occurs in the absorptive area of the body in the small intestine.
Symptoms of SIBO can include:
Alternating constipation and diarrhoea
Bloating and/or wind
Burping and Acid Reflux/GORD
Iron and B12 deficiency
Respiratory symptoms such as asthma
How does SIBO affect you?
SIBO causes damage to the absorptive surface of the small intestine - the ability of the body to absorb nutrients from food.
The absorptive surface of the small intestine is likened to a shaggy carpet, with finger-like protrusions called villi. The surface of the villi contain microvilli, which act as the interface of absorption—microvilli secrete enzymes called “brush border enzymes” which break starches into single molecules and proteins into single amino acids, so these can be absorbed.
SIBO and IBS
SIBO is the leading cause of IBS.
SIBO is a bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine that causes hydrogen, methane and/or hydrogen sulphide gas production. These gases cause the symptoms of IBS but also damage the intestinal wall.
Practitioners across the nation are familiar with the frequent presentation of IBS in their clients.
IBS can have several causes— food sensitivities, dysbiosis of the large intestine, lack of digestive enzymes or hydrochloric acid, stress. All can cause digestive complaints that are often indistinguishable from one another.
SIBO is actually a very common undiagnosed cause of IBS (up to 84%) and thus shares some of the same presenting symptoms with IBS—Gas/bloating, diarrhoea/constipation, and abdominal cramping.
How is SIBO Detected?
The most common method of testing for SIBO is a simple breath test, which is used to detect the presence of gases like methane and hydrogen in the small intestine.
How to get tested?
If your are a new patient, you will need to book an initial consultation. The SIBO test is at an additional cost to your consultation.
For more information, you can visit the SIBO Test Website
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