Do you meet the criteria for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and can’t find relief? Are chronic diarrhea or constipation your constant companions? If so, you may be a victim of stubborn gut bacteria, also known as small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).
While a long list of symptoms accompany SIBO, its trademark symptoms are a chronically bloated, distended belly; gas, which can cause flatulence, belching, or both; and a tendency toward chronic diarrhea, constipation, or both. FODMAP sensitivity can also be a clue that you are “feeding” bacteria with certain foods that contain fermentable sugars. FODMAPs stands for Fermentable Oligo, Disaccharide, Monosaccharides and Polylols.