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001: What Is SIBO & How Does It Affect Your Body? w/ Dr. Allison Siebecker
Episode 19th April 2019 • SIBO SOS® with Shivan Sarna • Shivan Sarna
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SIBO, an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine, is something often overlooked by medical practitioners, but it’s a condition that is getting the spotlight more and more often these days. In fact, many physicians have specialized in SIBO because they themselves suffered in the past but never had real access to help. I’m talking with my personal SIBO specialist and world-renowned doctor, Dr. Allison Siebecker, about how she started offering SIBO treatment, as well as more insight into what SIBO actually is.

Dr. Siebecker believes she has had SIBO since she was only 5 years old, when she was originally diagnosed with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). Though she followed medical advice for many years, her symptoms never got better, leading her to study naturopathic medicine. When this didn’t yield the help she wanted, Dr. Siebecker knew she needed to figure out the answers to SIBO for herself.

IBS is the #1 gastrointestinal disorder in the world with over 20% of the population suffering from it - and SIBO is the biggest contributing cause of it, but IBS isn’t the only disease associated with SIBO. We’re looking at how our guts are made up and what a properly working intestinal tract should do. We also talk about leaky gut, whether SIBO is a serious disease or not, and how long it’s going to take to cure your body of SIBO.

Have you been diagnosed with SIBO? Do you eat a lot of carbohydrates? How are you prioritizing SIBO treatment in your daily life? Let me know in the comments!

In This Episode:

  • How the intestinal tract is supposed to work and what it really looks like
  • How leaky gut is related to the gut and other parts of the body
  • What the symptoms of SIBO are, how they differ from IBS, and what other diseases are linked to SIBO
  • What tests you should ask your doctor to do if you suspect you have SIBO
  • How serious SIBO is, what causes it, and how long it takes to treat symptoms
  • Why diet alone won’t completely cure SIBO as the bacteria overgrowth needs to be removed completely



“When we have SIBO, all of our digestion and absorption can be messed up and that is a lot of suffering and problems.” (3:02)

“If digestion is disordered, it can lead to so many other problems in the body.” (14:16)

“The thing about SIBO diets is that there’s no really one right way to approach the reduction of the carbohydrates because the right way would be to remove them all if we wanted to have no symptoms at all. But that wouldn’t be good, because we need carbohydrates in our diet.” (27:32)



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