Our digestive systems contain a variety of bacteria. The vast majority of these are beneficial to us because they help us to digest our food. However, it is important that these bacteria are present in the right numbers, and in the right places.
If these balances are thrown out then we could begin to experience problems. SIBO, or Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, is a condition that causes more bacteria to be present in the small intestines than should be.
This can play havoc with the digestive system, leading to a range of unwelcome symptoms. It is very difficult to treat, but symptoms can usually be relieved to a degree.
Symptom #1: Diarrhea
Our digestive systems are basically one long tunnel, with various caverns such as the stomach along the way. Once we have eaten, food passes gradually through the stomach where the various stages of the digestive system can do their job of absorbing energy, nutrients, and liquids. This system usually runs quite smoothly, but not always.
The presence of too much bacteria in the small intestine can affect the passage of food through the system, and the absorption of nutrients and food. This can lead to diarrhea which is typically characterized by watery stools. Diarrhea can mean the body is not getting what it needs from its food, and this can be dangerous to vulnerable people.