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SIBO

Written By: Dr. Janine Mackenzie, Naturopathic Doctor


Digestive issues! It’s one of the most common health concerns patients have.

SIBO, which stands for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, is defined as an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine of the digestive tract.



But wait! Aren’t we supposed to have bacteria in our intestine?

The answer is yes!

Bacteria in our intestines do us all kinds of favours from enhancing our immune system, helping us digest our foods, providing us with nutrients and vitamins, and many more. Bacteria can become a problem when there is too many in the wrong spot. We call this dysbiosis. The majority of our bacteria in our gut is found in the large intestine. This is the area of our digestive tract that absorbs water from our foods and creates formed stool from the foods we’ve digested. This is normal. We want lots and lots of good bacteria in this location. This is where probiotics have their action.