Top Signs You Have Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth


SIBO is a sign or a symptom that there is something that’s gone awry in the gut. SIBO or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth produces a set of numerous symptoms as an indication that there is something that is not quite right in our belly. However, it is possible to have some of the symptoms or only a few of them, it is also possible that the symptoms are being confused as something else altogether.    

SIBO Symptoms

SIBO produces a variety of symptoms that pertain specifically to the gut but the symptoms can also affect other parts of the body as well. Here’s how, an overgrowth of bacteria leads to inflammation and the inflammation isn’t limited to the gut. It can affect our joints, bones, and muscles as well, especially if there are already some type of issues existing such as arthritis or chronic migraines. SIBO symptoms are not always obvious nor do they affect every person in the same way. So, we will list some of the top signs or symptoms that indicate that you might be dealing with small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.

  • Bloating: An overgrowth of bacteria leads to a higher amount of the gasses that naturally exist in our gut. Two of the common gasses in the gut are methane and hydrogen. When there is a bacterial overgrowth the levels of gas increase which leads to bloating.
  • Diarrhea: The excess amount of bacteria in the gut can cause diarrhea. It creates more waste in the gut hence the reason for such loose stools and frequent bathroom trips.
  • Constipation: Depending on the type of overgrowth, whether it is methane or hydrogen, determines the outcome of your stool. Constipation can be caused by a blockage of sorts because there is too much bacteria taking up space.
  • Fatigue: Your body will be trying to fight off the excess bacteria which leads to the feeling of fatigue. This is common any time your body is fighting any sort of infection.
  • Upset Stomach: An upset stomach is very common when dealing with SIBO because there’s so much going on inside your gut.
  • Nausea: Nausea is also common. With all of the bacteria present it only makes sense that your gut gets a little upset and nauseous.
  • Excessive Gas: The gas comes along with the bloating. Your belly is full of gas and it needs to escape.
  • Indigestion: The higher levels of gas combined with the excess bacteria leads to indigestion. Especially if you eat greasy, spicy, and highly processed foods.
  • Abdominal Cramping: Abdominal cramping is another side-effect from the bloating. In some cases it can feel like menstrual cramps.
  • Abdominal Pain: The pain is usually caused by the excess gas building up in your gut.

  • The symptoms listed above are the most common SIBO symptoms that occur. If SIBO is left untreated it can lead to numerous other health conditions, as well as, worsening symptoms already occurring. SIBO can lead to a leaky gut which only makes matters worse, so the sooner SIBO is under control, the better it is for the entire body.

    It is possible to have SIBO without having ALL of the symptoms at the same time or in general but there are definitely going to be a few symptoms that occur. Someone that eats spicy food often and deals with indigestion might not notice that the indigestion might be being caused by a bacterial overgrowth and not the food they’re eating. Because SIBO symptoms match so many other digestive health issues it is often tricky to diagnose and treat. Often times the condition is left undiagnosed or misdiagnosed leaving the overgrowth of bacteria to grow in numbers.

    Natural SIBO treatment is available but it requires more than just easing the symptoms. SIBO antibiotics must be used to eradicate the excess bacteria and supplements are used to help heal and strengthen the gut. Treating SIBO will ease an/or eliminate any symptoms produced by the condition. SIBO symptoms might mimic other symptoms but the condition itself is one of its own. If you have any of the symptoms and especially if they are recurring, talk to your doctor about taking a breath test to find out if you’re dealing with an overgrowth. When in doubt get it checked out.