SIBO Test: Uncovering the Causes of Gastrointestinal Distress

SeeBeyond Medicine's Comprehensive Approach to Diagnosing and Treating Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth


Are you experiencing gastrointestinal distress such as bloating, gas, abdominal pain, constipation, or diarrhea? 

These symptoms can be uncomfortable and disruptive to daily life, and may indicate an underlying cause that is easily treatable with a SIBO test.

At SeeBeyond Medicine, we offer diagnostic testing for gastrointestinal issues, including the latest in SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) testing.

We’ve partnered with Genova Diagnostics to conduct the SIBO tests, which is a non-invasive breath test that detects excessive bacterial growth in the small intestine and provides valuable insight into treatment options.

What Is Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)?

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, or SIBO, occurs when bacteria from the large intestine migrate into the small intestine. Common causes of SIBO include underlying medical conditions and changes in the digestive tract, such as an obstruction.

SIBO can lead to significant gastrointestinal symptoms that may impact daily life, including abdominal bloating, gas, cramps, constipation, and diarrhea.

At SeeBeyond Medicine, we understand the significance of early detection and effective treatment for SIBO management. Our team of healthcare professionals provides comprehensive solutions to address the root cause of gastrointestinal distress associated with this condition.

Causes and Symptoms of SIBO

Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth can occur due to an imbalance in the gut microbiome, leading to excessive bacterial growth within the small intestine. Contributing factors may include digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), celiac disease, or Crohn’s disease, as well as prolonged use of antibiotics or proton pump inhibitors (PPIs).

SIBO can lead to a variety of uncomfortable symptoms, such as abdominal bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation. These symptoms can overlap with other conditions, making diagnosis challenging without proper testing.

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Understanding SIBO and Its Symptoms

The gut microbiome is a complex ecosystem of bacteria that affects many aspects of our health. An imbalance of these bacteria can lead to Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), which is closely related to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and has been found to be the underlying cause in up to 80% of IBS cases.

Common gastrointestinal symptoms associated with SIBO include bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and constipation. These symptoms occur due to the overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine, leading to fermentation and the production of excess gas.

The SIBO Test: Hydrogen and Methane Breath Tests

When it comes to detecting the presence of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, there are different types of breath tests that can be used, including hydrogen and methane breath tests. These tests work by measuring the levels of these gasses in a patient’s breath after consuming a sugar solution.

The SIBO breath test is non-invasive and painless, making it an attractive option for individuals experiencing gastrointestinal distress. Each type of test has its own strengths and limitations, but they both provide valuable information for healthcare professionals looking to diagnose and treat SIBO effectively.

Understanding SIBO Test Results

The levels of hydrogen and methane gasses present in the breath can indicate whether or not small intestinal bacterial overgrowth is present. 

If either gas is elevated above normal levels, it could suggest that bacteria are fermenting undigested carbohydrates in the gut, leading to uncomfortable symptoms like bloating and abdominal pain.

It’s important to work with a healthcare provider to interpret the results of the SIBO test accurately. 

Understanding SIBO test results allows healthcare providers to make informed decisions about treatment options for patients experiencing gastrointestinal distress related to bacterial imbalances.

Causes And Risk Factors Of SIBO

Malabsorption, intestinal motility, and functional GI disorders are all key factors in the causes and risk of SIBO. By uncovering the underlying causes of gastrointestinal distress, SeeBeyond Medicine’s SIBO test can help you take the first step in managing your condition.


Malabsorption is a condition where the body is unable to properly absorb nutrients from food due to damage or dysfunction in the small intestine. Malabsorption can lead to an overgrowth of bacteria in the gut, which may trigger SIBO symptoms such as gas, bloating, and diarrhea. 

Proper diagnosis of malabsorption and subsequent treatment can help improve nutrient absorption and reduce the risk of developing SIBO.

Intestinal Motility

Intestinal motility issues can also contribute to bacterial overgrowth and SIBO. The small intestine should have a coordinated pattern of contractions, known as peristalsis, which helps move food and bacteria through the digestive tract. 

However, when there are disruptions in this process, such as from conditions like inflammatory bowel disease or diabetes, it can lead to stagnant pockets of bacteria in the small bowel. This creates an environment for overgrowth of intestinal bacteria, leading to symptoms like abdominal pain and bloating.

To diagnose these issues, healthcare providers may use tests such as the hydrogen breath test or lactulose breath test to measure levels of gasses produced by colonic bacteria in response to carbohydrate malabsorption. 

By identifying these underlying factors contributing to SIBO development, patients can work with their healthcare provider or naturopathic medicine practitioner to develop individualized treatment plans based on their unique test results and symptoms.

SeeBeyond Medicine’s Approach To Sibo Testing And Treatment

At SeeBeyond Medicine, we offer comprehensive SIBO testing services to help uncover the causes of gastrointestinal distress. Our team of specialists creates personalized treatment plans tailored to each individual’s needs and provides ongoing support and guidance to ensure successful results. With SeeBeyond Medicine, you can rest assured that your journey to better health is in the best hands.

Comprehensive Testing Services

Gastrointestinal distress can be frustrating, debilitating, and sometimes even embarrassing. That’s why we’ve partnered with Genova Diagnostics to offer a range of testing options tailored to individual needs. From hydrogen breath tests to insulin response tests, we’ll uncover the root cause of your symptoms and create personalized treatment plans based on the results.

Personalized Treatment Plans

Once we have identified the root cause of your gastrointestinal distress with our comprehensive SIBO testing services, SeeBeyond Medicine will create personalized treatment plans based on your unique needs. 

Our approach is not one-size-fits-all; we understand that every patient’s symptoms and circumstances are different. That’s why our team takes a holistic view of your health to develop a plan that fits seamlessly into your lifestyle. From dietary changes to probiotic supplements, we’ll work together to address underlying issues and improve overall gut health.

Ongoing Support and Guidance

At SeeBeyond Medicine, we believe that ongoing support and guidance are essential for our patients’ well-being. Our team of experienced healthcare professionals is dedicated to providing personalized care and support throughout every step of the diagnostic process.

From the initial consultation to the final diagnosis, our team will work closely with you to ensure that you receive the best possible care. We understand that the diagnostic process can be stressful, and we are here to provide you with the support and guidance you need to make informed decisions about your health.

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We use the latest in cutting-edge technology to provide accurate and timely diagnosis for our patients.

Our team of laboratory technicians and healthcare professionals is highly trained and experienced, ensuring that all test results are accurate and reliable. 

We understand the importance of timely and accurate test results, and we work diligently to ensure that our patients receive their results as quickly as possible.

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Accurate and Reliable SIBO Test Analysis with SeeBeyond Medicine

With our experienced team of healthcare professionals and third-party partnerships, we can provide you with accurate and reliable SIBO test analysis.

We are committed to providing our patients with the highest quality care, and we strive to make the diagnostic process as easy and stress-free as possible.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation, and take the first step toward a healthier, happier future.

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