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  • Leena Mirchandani

Gut Bacteria Treatments

Within our gut, it is important to maintain a stable balance between good and bad bacterias. The overgrowth of “bad bacteria” and its in balance with good bacteria can result in Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth or SIBO. According to WebMD, “If the “good” bacteria that help you digest food can’t keep up with the harmful bacteria, the “bad” germs can multiply too fast, leading to an imbalance.” According to the Mayo Clinic, commonly resulting from complications in abdominal surgeries, problems in or around your small intestine, or certain medical diseases, Small Intestine Bacterial Growth can cause long term vitamin deficiency, osteoporosis, poor absorption in digestion, or kidney stones. Some symptoms of SIBO include loss of appetite, abdominal pain, nausea, bloating, an uncomfortable feeling of fullness after eating, diarrhea, unintentional weight loss, or malnutrition.

Both changing dietary factors and taking probiotic supplements, can be considered gut bacteria treatments as they promote the growth of “good bacteria.” By eating foods such as whole grains, leafy greens, low-fructose fruit, bananas, fermented foods, and those that include polyphenols they can fuel and support the growth of healthy gut bacteria. Similarly, probiotics, live microorganisms, are intended to have health benefits when consumed. They can be found naturally within foods or in dietary supplements. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, “Some bacteria help digest food, destroy disease-causing cells, or produce vitamins.” Helpful probiotics including Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, and Saccharomyces boulardii have effects including illness prevention. Probiotics help the body maintain a balance of microorganisms and influence your body’s response. According to WebMD, “When you lose "good" bacteria in your body, for example after you take antibiotics, probiotics can help replace them. They can help balance your "good" and "bad" bacteria to keep your body working the way it should.”

By maintaining this balance between good and bad bacteria, illnesses including Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth can avoid long term issues that may follow SIBO.

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