WHAT SIBO DIET SHOULD YOU BE FOLLOWING?

Updated: Jun 9, 2020

If you are incredibly sensitive, have severe food intolerance/allergies and very sick - I will probably start you on one of these easy to digest, easy on the tummy diets. I will not however tell you that you should be on any of these diets for more than 6 weeks and I will never tell you that there is no margin for error. That’s just not true.


When SIBO first came to light and practitioners were figuring out how to treat SIBO, restrictive diets were all the rage.


I remember back to when I was first diagnosed, I was told that I had to follow this super restrictive diet before starting the antimicrobial protocol, during and after...and if I so much as screwed up ONCE after the bacterial kill phase was completed - I would relapse. There was NO room for error. This fear was ingrained in me that I could NOT screw up - not even once or SIBO would return.


THIS. IS. NOT. TRUE.


There are many SIBO specific diets out there as many of you have read - the Bi-Phasic Diet, the SCD Diet, the lowFODMAP, GAPS, KETO diet, Low Fermentation Diet. And they are all incredibly DEPRESSING.


SIBO is ever evolving - there is no fool proof system in place and so we as practitioners try hard to give you the best we have to offer in hopes you will feel better. And that’s what these diets are really aimed at - to make you feel better during the SIBO protocol. To lessen your symptoms and die-off during the kill phase.


If you are incredibly sensitive, have severe food intolerances/allergies and very sick - I will probably start you on one of these easy to digest, easy on the tummy diets. I will not however tell you that you should be on any of these diets for more than 6 weeks and I will never tell you that there is no margin for error. That’s just not true.


Everyone else will be on a semi-restricted diet based on your tolerance for food and nothing more! During the kill phase it is important to feed the bacteria so that they are active, happy, eating and getting DESTROYED in the process. This will be more beneficial and will yield better results than starving out the bacteria while you’re on antimicrobial.

Another very important point to make in this is that you CANNOT starve out SIBO. The only thing you’re starving is YOU. A super restrictive diet will starve out the GOOD bacteria in your large intestine leaving you with even more issues to fix later and will starve YOUR body which needs as much energy and nutrients as possible to recover.


The best diet is the YOU diet. And the healthy microbiome diet - plant diversity!


Together we can work on curating the best diet that will leave you feeling happy, your tummy comfortable and not hating your life because all you have is meat, green leafy veggies and measuring out the amount of zucchini you’re allowed to eat. Not fun!

PLANT DIVERSITY FOR THE WIN!


Please note: A therapeutic diet up to 6 weeks can be helpful for certain conditions including IBS/SIBO but there is conclusive evidence that it negatively impacts the microbiota of the large intestine. It is necessary to reintroduce highFODMAP's after 6 weeks with food tolerance in mind.


And if you are like me and like to geek out to some studies:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6413021/#sec3-nutrients-11-00373title

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6062106/







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