What is a SIBO?
A SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) is a disease in which too many bacteria have settled in the small intestine. These bacteria cause indigestion by breaking down glucose and other sugars, such as lactose, fructose, and sorbitol. Those affected one sibo often suffer from symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea or constipation. In severe cases, malnutrition can also occur.
Glucose is a necessary nutrient for our body. We need them for energy production, metabolism and many other vital functions. Most people consume glucose in the form of sugar, but carbohydrates such as bread, pasta or rice also contain glucose.
Why is glucose so important?
With healthy digestion, glucose from food is absorbed in the small intestine and then transferred to the blood. From there it reaches the cells, where it is used as fuel for metabolism.
Some people with lactose intolerance also suffer from bacterial overgrowth in the digestive tract, the so-called SIBO. This disorder can be the cause of gastrointestinal disorders as well as other symptoms. Some of these symptoms can include headaches, fatigue and dizziness. To find out if you are suffering from SIBO, there is a breath test that is able to diagnose it quickly and easily.