What is SIBO?
SIBO stands for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. It is a condition where there is an excessive number of bacteria in the small intestine. The bacteria produce gas, leading to abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, and other gastro–intestinal symptoms, but can also lead to neurological symptoms like brain fog, headaches.
Post-infectious IBS and primary SIBO: how food poisoning can lead to SIBO
If you have had a stomach infection caused by bacteria or a virus, you could develop Post–infectious IBS. This means that the muscles and nerves in your digestive system, which help move food through the digestive tract, aren‘t working properly. The bacteria that can cause these infections, such as Shigella, E. coli, Campylobacter jejuni, C. diff and Salmonella, secrete a toxin called cytolethal distending toxin B (CdtB), which can damage the migrating motor complex (MMC) through the production of auto-antibodies against vinculin, a protein found in the cells of the digestive tract. When the MMC is damaged, food can stay in the digestive tract too long, causing an overgrowth of bacteria known as SIBO.
Hydrogen (H2) SIBO
Hydrogen SIBO .