Normally, bacteria are found in the trillions in the large intestine, where they perform various symbiotic functions for the human body.
SIBO is a condition where bacterial overgrowth occurs in the absorptive area of the body the small intestine.
SIBO Symptoms can include :
Alternating constipation and diarrhoea
Bloating and/or wind
Burping and Acid Reflux/GORD
Iron and B12 deficiency
Respiratory symptoms such as asthma
So you may be asking yourself, “isn’t that what IBS is”? Well SIBO , or Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, is used a a technical term to describe too much gut flora growing where it should not be. So whilst its similar to IBS, its not exactly that same. SIBO relates more to IBS-D than IBS in general and some studies have shown that many people suffering from IBS (78%) have some form of SIBO. More research information can be found here.