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Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) - Conditions and Cures with Proven Effective Supplements Listed
Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) - Conditions and Cures with Proven Effective Supplements Listed

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  • Bloating after meals
  • Diarrhea, constipation, or both
  • Bad breath and/or a fishy body odor
  • Generalized abdominal discomfort (usually mild)
  • General body discomfort including, fatigue, joint and muscle pain, brain fog


  • Constipation
  • People who have shorter bowels as a result of surgery
  • Diseases that can infect the intestinal muscles, including Parkinson's disease, type 2 diabetes, chronic kidney disease, hypothyroidism, or scleroderma
  • Digestive diseases, including diverticulitis, Crohn's disease, celiac disease
  • Antibiotic and steroid medications
  • Low stomach acid
  • Chemotherapy and radiation

Recommended Food

  • The most well-studied gut-friendly diet is known as the low-FODMAP diet (low fermentable oligosaccharide, disaccharide, monosaccharide, and polyols).
  • Increase the amount of water and fiber will help foods move through your body

Foods to Avoid

  • Fructose (fruits, honey, high-fructose corn syrup,etc.)
  • Lactose (dairy)
  • Fructans (wheat, garlic, onion, inulin, etc.)
  • Galactans (legumes such as beans, lentils, soybeans, etc.)
  • Polyols (sweeteners containing isomalt, mannitol, sorbitol, xylitol, etc.)
  • Stone fruits (avocadoes, apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches, plums, etc.)
  • Caffeine
  • Medications that hinder the movement of foods through your gut (opioids, oxycodone, morphine, and codeine

** All of these prescriptions below have been proven effective; the level of effectiveness depends on the individual. Please consult your doctor when taking any and all supplements.

The top 7 vitamins and supplements have shown to help Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO):

The Prescription for Natural Cures by James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.M.D.

Super Prescription # 1
Berberine LifeSource Product Take 500 mg three times daily before meals. This extract from various herbs such as barberry has antibacterial properties that kill SIBO-related bacteria.

Super Prescription # 2 Betaine HCI Hydrochloride LifeSource Product Take one or more capsules with each meal to improve stomach acid levels, which make it more difficult for bacterial overgrowth. It also helps with digestion and absorption.

Super Prescription # 3 Enteric-coated peppermint oil Take 0.2 ml three times daily for three weeks. Research has shown benefit for symptoms as well as improvement in lab results.

Super Prescription # 4 Probiotics - LifeSource Product Take twenty billion to one hundred billion organisms daily. For some individuals with SIBO, probiotics help treat the bacterial imbalance. For others it works better to use probiotics after antimicrobial therapy, to prevent a recurrence.

Super Prescription # 5 Gentian root or Swedish bitters Take as directed on the label. These herbs improve stomach acid levels, which make it more difficult for bacterial overgrowth. They also help with digestion and absorption.

Super Prescription # 6 Colloidal Silver - LifeSource Product Take as directed on the label. It has antibacterial properties.

Super Prescription # 7 Garlic - LifeSource Product Take 500 mg with each meal to lower levels of pathogenic bacteria.

General Recommendations

Dietary supplements that heal the small intestine lining are also useful - such as:

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