When it comes to figuring out what type of SIBO you have, it is important to get tested! Getting the sibo breathe test done is super simple. In addition, learning about the types of SIBO can help you figure out what your next steps will be.
SIBO is usually misdiagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome. However, based on your symptoms, you will probably discover which category you’re in.
If you are new to SIBO, it stands for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. So essentially what it is an overgrowth in the small intestines, which comes in 3 forms.
This is one of the trickier types of SIBO to heal from. The reason is not only are you removing the hydrogen-producing bacteria, but also the archaea.
Archaea is another form of bacteria that eats up Hydrogen to produce Methane gas. This is not present for those with the other two forms of SIBO. This is signified when Methane gas is elevated after drinking the solution.
This may blow your mind, but you don’t have an overgrowth of bacteria, but an overgrowth in archaea. This is a type of methanogen. But to have an overgrowth of the archaea, you need the bacteria to generate the hydrogen.
Unlike the methane-dominant SIBO, there are no archaea to worry about. You will know if you have hydrogen dominant by high levels of hydrogen after drinking the solution/at baseline.
Since there are no archaea to eat up the hydrogen gas, it will remain in the body. It often speeds up the process of digestion, which can lead to diarrhea. This is caused by food not progressing through our digestion, effectively causing it to sit. During that time is when it ferments, causing hydrogen gas.
However, if you take your test, it comes back as negative or flat line, but you still have symptoms? This is when hydrogen sulfide SIBO comes into play. This is a very new type of SIBO.
A major flag of this type of SIBO is that your test comes out negative or completely flatlined. This means neither your hydrogen nor methane was not elevated after drinking the solution.
Unfortunately, there is no test for hydrogen sulfide gas. The way is diagnosed by the flatlined breathe test and the continuation of the symptoms. This is a bit trickier to treat the lack of research on the topic.
A lot of the symptoms can overlap with the types of SIBO. However, some stand out more than others.
The same goes for all the treatment methods. However, the treatment is very individualized. We are also so unique that one method may not work for someone else due to co-infections, deficiencies, hormone imbalances, and so on.
You’re going to notice a lot of similarities in symptoms. That is why it is important to get tested to know what specific overgrowth you have. The common health issues are:
Unfortunately, with SIBO, there is some co-infection. These co-infection(s) can be the cause of your SIBO or a result of having SIBO. This is a list of common co-infections:
I am sure there are some that I am missing (or don’t even know about). However, it is essential when getting to test to get tested for other things. A lot of doctors will do this to rule other conditions out. Some tests I recommend are blood tests for Celiac, H. Pylori, Epstein-Barr, Thyroid Antibodies, Hormone Panel, and lastly, a comprehensive stool test.
When it comes to treatment, there are a lot of supplements. These supplements, along with lifestyle and dietary changes, can ensure you don’t relapse. Below are the supplements I have used/researched:
Some of these supplements can be used during your antibiotics phase. This is especially true if you have co-infections that need to be healed as well. However, these are some supplements you doctor/physician/nutritionist/health coach may recommend:
Your practitioner/coach will help you decide which supplements are for you. Along with this period of healing is an elimination diet to stop fueling the bacteria fire. Some common ones are Low FODMAP, Specific carbohydrates Diet, GAPS, etc.
However, these are good things to have in your toolbox.
Thank youu so much for reading!