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Do You Know What Causes Methane SIBO?

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It’s not technically bacteria, but single-celled organisms called archaea, that are responsible for the methane form of SIBO. But, ‘SIAO’ just doesn’t have the same ring to it. The specific species of archaea we hear about most, that resides in the GI tract is methane brevibacter smithii.

And if you have an overgrowth of this critter in your small intestine, you most likely have a bacterial overgrowth as well. However, You can get methane SIBO treatment via https://drhoustonanderson.com/natural-sibo-treatment/If you are having digestive pain or discomfort, then getting SIBO treatment could be the best thing for you. 

Why? When you eat fiber, the bacteria in your gut ferment it and produce hydrogen. And what do archaea feed off? Hydrogen! It is only once the archaea consume the hydrogen that they produce their own by-product: methane.

1. You also have an overgrowth of bacteria (SIBO) which produce excess levels of hydrogen.

2. Even though you have an overgrowth of hydrogen-producing bacteria, excess hydrogen levels may not show up on your testing as the archaea consume the hydrogen and produce methane instead. So they can remain hidden.

Methane SIBO Symptoms

The symptoms of methane-dominant SIBO are often a lot different from those of hydrogen-dominant SIBO. Here are the three main signs we look for to indicate whether a SIBO lactulose breath test for methane SIBO is warranted:

> Constipation: discussed in more detail below, methane gas slows down transit time and causes constipation in most of those who test positive for methane SIBO.

> Bloating and Gas: bloating is probably the most common and noticeable symptom of methane SIBO. While the archaea consume the hydrogen gas which might theoretically reduce total gas volume, our experience clinically is that methane SIBO clients tend to have more sustained bloating. 

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