Fermented Foods for SIBO
Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is popping up everywhere and seems as if it's becoming more and more prevalent. SIBO colonizes the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract which ascends up the 24-feet of ileum, jejunum, duodenum, and stomach. Most species abide in the colon; and when unhealthy microbes start to abide in places they don't belong, like the upper gastrointestinal area, this can cause SIBO and create a ruckus.
What is causing SIBO?
Taking multiple rounds of antibiotics, herbicides, pesticides, food additives, and numerous prescription drugs can all contribute to SIBO. Even taking probiotic supplements with huge amounts of different species can often open up in places in the body where they don't belong. All or some of this can help contribute to SIBO.
SIBO, IBS, and the Histamine Connection
It seems more and more people who have problems with histamines also have SIBO and/or Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). These bacteria are normally found in the colon and large intestine but have spread to the small intestine where they should not reside. SIBO causes an increase in food sensitivities, and this can cause a sudden development of histamine intolerance or IBS. Your body is crying out for help and these symptoms are warning signs, not the enemy.
How to Help Heal SIBO
Dr. Davis, MD. is a wonderful colleague and has developed many wonderful fermented dairy yogurts that have helped many of his followers and have also helped many who follow me as well to heal SIBO. It's really exciting to see that food fermented with specific species that naturally colonize the upper GI tract will also control dysbiosis and help restore balance.
One thing Dr. Davis recommends is getting an AIRE device that measures breath hydrogen (H2) gas. He explains more about it in this video: H2 Breath Detection Video. It helps to map out where in the human GI tract microbes are living. Although a similar H2 breath test has been around for a number of years, performed in a clinic or lab and ordered by the doctor, most practicing physicians are unaware of the value of this test and rarely, if ever, use it.
The other exciting way to help is to make SIBO yogurt which uses specific species that colonize the upper GI tract. It produces bacteriocins—these are natural antibiotics produced by selected microbes effective in killing or suppressing the non-beneficial microbes in the upper gastro area that create SIBO such as Klebsiella, E. coli, or Streptococcus.
The Yogurts for SIBO
We have two yogurt starters that are very helpful with SIBO and are fermented at the specific temperature of 100°F for a longer period of time (36 hours). This will make high amounts of colony-forming units (CFUs) that will help to take over the upper GI area and bring balance again.
Lactobacillus Gasseri naturally abides in the small intestine (unless you had a dose of antibiotics). L. Gasseri Superfood Starter produces up to 7 bacteriocins, which are natural antibiotics, and will make a delicious yogurt with high counts of this special species to colonize or recolonize this missing microbe from your upper GI area.
Lactobacillus Reuteri Superfood Starter also colonizes the small intestine and produces up to four bacteriocins, including the powerful reuterin. L. reuteri is such an effective antibacterial that one of my colleagues said that when he went to a microbiologist's lab they told him they sometimes clean their bacterial production vats with this microbe.
You can eat these yogurts separately or combine them into one powerful SIBO yogurt. See the recipe below.
More and more people are finding by consuming 1/2-cup per day of the SIBO yogurt for 4 weeks they start to see results. Testing with an AIRE device and seeing a reduction in symptoms is a good way to see if it's working.
You will need specific yogurt makers to perform the task. Here are my recommended ones.
SIBO Yogurt Recipe
SIBO Yogurt — L. Reuteri & L. Gasseri
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Before you begin
- This recipe takes exactly 36 hours to ferment, so it's best to start either early morning or later in the evening. Otherwise, if you start at 3 in the afternoon, for example, you'll be having to get up 36 hours later at 3 am.
- Make sure the equipment you're using is able to maintain exactly 97°F - 100°F for 36 hours.
- Make sure you're using Ultra-Pasteurized milk or you can also heat the milk to 195ºF / 90ºC and hold it there for 10 minutes if you can't find Ultra-Pasteurized milk. Then cool it down in the fridge or freezer till it gets back down to 100°F before adding the starter.
- Place in jar and cover lightly with plastic wrap or loose-fitting lids. Don't remove the lid during fermentation to avoid getting a yellow or pink discoloration on the top of the yogurt. This is a harmless yeast that might affect the taste, so scrape it off the top of the yogurt before consuming it.
- To Reculture: To make a new batch, repeat these instructions, but use 2 tablespoons of a previous batch of your SIBO yogurt as your starter. You should also use two tablespoons of Prebio Plus when reculturing.
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