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Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) refers to a condition in which abnormally large numbers of bacteria (at least 100,000 bacteria per ml of fluid) are present in the small intestine and the types of bacteria in the small intestine resemble more the bacteria of the colon than the small intestine. Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is also known as small bowel bacterial overgrowth. What causes small intestinal bacterial overgrowth? The gastrointestinal tract is a continuous muscular tube through which digesting food is transported on its way to the colon. The coordinated activity of the muscles of the stomach and small intestine propels the food from the stomach, through the small intestine, and into the colon. Even when there is no food in the small intestine, muscular activity sweeps through the small intestine from the stomach to the colon. There is a delicate balance between the bacteria of the gastrointestinal tract and the human host. The gastrointestinal tract, particularly the small intestine, contains an extensive immune system. The immune system protects the intestine from disease-causing viruses, bacteria, and parasites. (The effects of the immune response have been experienced by anyone who has experienced gastroenteritis.) The interesting fact is that the intestine does not attack the normal bacteria within it, only disease-causing bacteria. Somehow, the intestine becomes tolerant of the normal bacteria and does not mount an attack against them. Last week, we wrote of the effects of GMO foods causing man-made bacteria with a faulty RNA to join with the DNA of the bacteria in the intestines to produce a strain of bacteria that do not leave the intestines, causing the continual growth of GMO produced bacteria that is not good for humans. The two most common treatments for SIBO in patients with IBS are oral antibiotics and probiotics. Probiotics are live bacteria that, when ingested by an individual, result in a health benefit. We now know that too much anti-biotic medication can lead to bacteria resistance, thus when you do need anti-biotic medication, they will do you no good! Many conditions are associated with SIBO. A few are common: Inflammatory Bowel Disease- Ulcerative Colitis; Crohn Disease, Diverticulosis; and Celiac Disease just to name a few. What to do if you have SIBO, or if you do not have SIBO? One, DO NOT eat any GMO food products. Being that prop 37 failed, you will have to eat all organic to do this, for the label will not list GMO products; two, add bacteria killers to your diet – Herbs The most studied natural treatment for bacterial overgrowth is enteric coated peppermint oil, which is peppermint oil that has an edible, hard shell around it so that the capsule doesn't open until it is in the small intestine. It kills bacteria in the small intestine. Grapefruit seed extract - for people who donʼt like taking capsules, grapefruit seed extract can be found in liquid form. Add a few drops to a glass of water and drink in between meals; Oregano oil capsules; Garlic; Berberine; goldenseal, oregon grape; Olive leaf extract; and Pau d'arco and three, you will have to add more good bacteria, like Bio-K Plus Dairy-Free Probiotic, or some other reliable brand.