good and bad bacteria in gutWhat is SIBO? For one thing, it’s painful. SIBO stands for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth and it is an imbalance of the small intestines, often in the section of the bowel that doesn’t show up on any tests. It’s to high for a lower GI to see and to low for an upper GI to detect. For me I felt it most in the area just below my diaphragm. I couldn’t stand to have a bra on because of the pressure it put on my tender area.

I think it best to mention I’ve had a history of GI issues. First pyloric stenosis as an infant and also having had my gall bladder removed, I was already at a disadvantage in the small intestinal area. Scar tissue from these surgeries doesn’t help I’m sure. But all that aside, I was over a period of time feeling more and more bloated. I was miserable. On several occasions I mentioned my complaints to medical staff and no one seemed interested and if they did, they wrote prescriptions for antibiotics. I went down their course of treatment and I only felt worse. So I started researching, like my life depended on it. Because it did. I felt I would pop any minute, sure that my skin couldn’t possibly stretch any further or that I could stand the pressure. If I could only pass gas…sorry, but it would feel soooo good.

lemon balm and ginger tea

Lemon and ginger tea

First I tried fermented vegetables. In my case, it caused the bloating to be worse. I learned I had to get rid of the bad guys before I reinforced the troops (the good bacteria). I ultimately figured out what worked for me. What I share with you is not intended to be medical advice, so you should always check with your doctor. My research led me to conclude the following steps to get me back onto the path of healing.

  1. Help for bloating.
  2. Understanding SIBO.
  3. There is a fungus among us – dealing with Candida.
  4. Healing the gut.
  5. The after.



When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.