SIBO stands for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. This is a condition where the bacteria that is found in the large intestine makes its way to the small intestine. Whilst the small intestines do contain a small amount of bacteria, when too much bacteria and the wrongs types of bacteria get into the small intestines trouble can begin.
The small intestines play an important role in the digestion of food and absorption of nutrients. It also involved in the immune system as it contains lymphoid cells that help to fight infection and regulate the immune system response.
The beneficial bacteria that do live in the small intestines also have a very important role, such as fighting against unwanted pathogens, helping to absorb nutrients, as well as producing nutrients such as vitamin K, folate and short chain fatty acids.
We want to keep our small intestines in good health with bacterial harmony so it can focus on the tasks that it is responsible for.