There are billions of tiny bacteria living in your gut. Don’t worry – they’re friendly! In fact, they’re the best friends you’ve got.
While you meet your human bestie for a Starbucks date or a weekend Netflix binge, the flora in your gut are hard at work protecting 70% of your immune system, maintaining your weight and energy levels, and keeping you in a good mood – even after that tear-jerking episode of Grey’s Anatomy.
How Trouble Starts
The problem is that most people aren’t aware of how important their gut health is, and they flood their digestive systems with the stuff of microbial nightmares:
The result is that the good guys in your gut dwindle in numbers. Soon, they have the potential to be overrun by hostile invaders like harmful bacteria and fungal infections. The lower the number of helpful bacteria in your digestive tract, the harder it is for your body to fend off an attack.1
What are SIBO & SIFO?
While they sound vaguely like characters from a kids’ TV show, SIBO and SIFO are actually deadly serious. Both conditions occur when outsiders overpower your natural gut flora, and both lead to uncomfortable, dangerous results.2,3
“SIBO” stands for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, while “SIFO” is small intestinal fungal overgrowth. SIBO features a variety of bacteria, while the most common culprit with SIFO is candida yeast.
How Do You Know If You Have SIBO or SIFO?
SIBO and SIFO cause gut discomfort and digestive issues. However, they also have other symptoms that can help you determine whether you’re at risk. (To understand why the signs below indicate an unhealthy gut, be sure to read this article.)
To find out whether you have symptoms of SIBO or SIFO, simply answer the questions in the quick one-minute quiz below.
SIGNS OF SIBO & SIFO
1. Do you often suffer from digestive symptoms like gas and bloating, diarrhea, constipation, or cramping?
2. Have you gained or lost weight even though your diet hasn’t changed?
3. Are you frequently fatigued, even when you get good sleep?
4. Have you been diagnosed with an autoimmune condition like Hashimoto’s, lupus, fibromyalgia, or MS?
5. Do you have trouble focusing or often feel foggy mentally?
6. Do you have skin issues like acne, psoriasis, eczema, or hives?
7. Have you struggled with mood swings, anxiety, depression, or a panic disorder?
8. Do you get frequent infections, especially UTIs, vaginal infections, skin infections, or ear infections?
9. Do you have strong sugar and carb cravings?
10. Do you have seasonal allergies?
11. Do you have food intolerances?
12. Do you have a B12 deficiency? (Don’t know? Find out here.)
Scoring Your Results
If you answered “yes” to 0-1 questions, congratulations! Your risk of SIBO or SIFO is low. To maintain your gut health, be sure you eat plenty of anti-inflammatory foods and take a quality prebiotic/probiotic and gut-defending supplement every day.
If you answered “yes” to 2-3 questions, your gut needs help. I recommend starting The Virgin Diet, an elimination diet that can be critical in reducing intestinal inflammation. You would also benefit from taking Microbiome Balance to replace healthy flora, Leaky Gut Support to repair the damage in your digestive tract, and Microbiome Defense to ensure your body is ready to defend against SIBO and SIFO.
If you answered “yes” to 4 or more questions, consider this a life-saving wake-up call! Start an elimination diet to find out about any ongoing food intolerances and start taking the supplements in the Gut Recovery Kit immediately. You should also consider contacting an integrative health practitioner for more help with possible SIBO/SIFO right away.