What is SIBO?
When you dissect the intestines you can divide it into the small bowel (which comes first) and then the large bowel (which is your colon and eventually your rectum). The valve that attaches the two bowels is call the ileocecal valve. This valve is important because it is where the appendix pouch lies and is also where sharp food particles like popcorn, chips and nuts/seeds often get stuck. The constant irritation can (get this…) weaken your quadriceps, gluts and hamstrings causing lower leg weakness as well as overgrowth of bad bacteria in both the small and large intestine. So not only do your legs feel “weak”, but now you may experience fatigue, weight loss or gain, gas/bloating, abdominal fullness, constipation, diarrhea, malnutrition and much more.
Abnormally large numbers of bacteria in the small intestine can lead to even more nutritional imbalances because the build up of “bad bacteria” steel YOUR nutrients for their own well-being and growth. As a result, a person with small bowel bacterial overgrowth may experience symptoms above such as fatigue, malnutrition, weight loss of gain, GI complaints, leg fatigue in addition to damaged cells that line the intestinal wall eventually leading to even worse problems.
See your ND to learn if your GI (gastro-intestinal) complaints are due to small bowel bacterial overgrowth! And learn how you can either prevent or cure your digestive health.
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