Ruscio, Let ’ s discuss the question. Can probiotics cause SIBO? In short, no probiotics cannot cause SIBO, And this is not something that you should Be concerned about, However, what I ’ d like to do is outline What could be a confusing data point in this question and provide you with some tools to Help you navigate through it So can probiotics cause SIBO. The short answer is no.
We have meta-analyses, which are arguably the Highest level of scientific evidence showing that probiotics in fact can treat and act Against and clean out small intestinal bacterial overgrowth in the intestinal tract. However, I have received questions asking Or commenting “, I ’ ve heard probiotics can cause SIBO and that I shouldn ’ t take Them. ” So let ’ s navigate through all these bits.
And bites So I ’ ll, put the abstract up here on the Screen of the study in question that ’ s generating some of the confusion And unfortunately, this study has been referenced. In my opinion very irresponsibly, and has done nothing other than contribute to confusion, And detract from people becoming healthier, It does not mean that people may not have Negative reactions to probiotics – They ’ re rare, But they do happen.
But this study entitled “ Effect of Bifidobacterium Infantis ( or Align Probiotic ) on the Lactulose Breath Test for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth., ”, Let me read you a few of the details or quotes “ A rise in methane of over 20 parts per Million [ ppm ], ” —so to diagnose SIBO, ( or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth ). We Use a breath test And a rise of over 20 would be considered.
A positive for bacterial overgrowth: This was seen in three subjects: pre probiotic, Administrations or before they administered the probiotics, but in six post probiotic. So this affected three of the 19 subjects. Being studied, So you took a group of essentially 19 people And the probiotic appeared to cause SIBO or A positive breath test in 3 people of 19 in one study. Now you can find a study to show almost anything.
This is why I ’ ve said several times you Should not use one study to inform your decision making. You should look at what the body of evidence Shows at large So when we look at numerous clinical trials, With larger numbers of people—now, we ’ re talking about hundreds, maybe even thousands, Of people—we see the overall effect of probiotics on SIBO is an anti-SIBO effect and also an Anti-Digestive symptom effect And that ’ s where we see here, I ’ m, linking to one systematic review and Also one clinical trial showing that probiotics work better in alleviating digestive symptoms.
In those with SIBO compared to those without SIBO, So while one study yes has shown three people, May obtain SIBO after using a probiotic, the overwhelming majority of data show that both Probiotics can act in an anti-SIBO fashion and probiotics can help to alleviate digestive Symptoms Now that doesn ’ t mean that no one can have Or will have a negative reaction to probiotics? There is a small subset of people who negatively React to probiotics.
This is why, in my book, Healthy Gut Healthy You I outline a 3-category system of probiotics, so you can try one probiotic from each category. To see what category of probiotic has benefit for your gut, And rather than just trying the litany of Products out there you can understand category 1, category 2 category 3 And you can try one probiotic from each ProbioticsSo. It. ’ s really important to understand.
That information can be miscited And someone could in this case be concerned. That a probiotic might be bad for their gut or bad for their SIBO because of one study. And this study showing an effect—in this case a negative effect—in three people: It ’ s very important to weight that against The hundreds, if not thousands, of people who have shown benefit from probiotics both for Sibo and for digestive symptoms, as is summarized in systematic reviews and meta-analyses, that We have available So be cautious with what you read on the internet And I would make sure to filter things that You hear through someone whose opinion you trust, because it is important And information used incorrectly, can actually Detract from your health rather than contributing to your health, So probiotics can help with SIBO, And I would have no reservation using a probiotic If you have SIBO, Of course, use your own experience and some Common sense, If you take a probiotic and you notice a negative Reaction that lasts more than a few days, then a probiotic may not be a good fit for You The reason I say “ more than a few days, ” Is a little bit of turbulence for a few days, as things are balancing out and your body Is adjusting to a probiotic is not abnormal, So you don, ’ t want to jump ship after a little Bit of turbulence for a day Give yourself three to five days And if turbulence or any kind of negative Symptom is still persisting after five days up to a week, then that probiotic is likely Not good for you And try one of the other categories, All right.
This is Dr. Ruscio, And hopefully this information helps you Get healthy and get back to your life!
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